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Without Mercy [Paperback]

Lisa Jackson
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Book Description

18 Aug 2011

Ever since her father was stabbed to death, Jules Farentino has been plagued by nightmares. Her teenaged sister Shay has reacted with a rap sheet for drug use, theft and vandalism. Still, when her mother decides to send Shay to an elite boarding school in Oregon, Jules is worried.

The Academy has a reputation for turning wayward kids around - but one of its students went missing six months ago and her body has never been found.

On impulse, Jules applies for a teaching job at the Academy. Just before she arrives, a student is found hanged, and a hysterical Shay believes it was murder. Then another girl goes missing, and yet another is found dead.

Behind the Academy's idyllic veneer lurks an evil force on a brutal and terrifying mission. And Jules is the next target of a bloodthirsty killer without limits, without remorse, without mercy.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444710079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444710076
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Jackson shows yet again why she is one of the best at romantic suspense. A pure nail biter. (Harlan Coben on YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW)

Shiveringly good suspense! Lisa Jackson ratchets up the tension as one woman's desperate search for her missing son takes her to the very brink of losing her husband, her sanity, her very self. Each chapter will leave you wondering who to trust. The answer:

You don't want to know...

(Lisa Gardner on YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW)

Absolutely tension filled... Jackson is on top of her game. (Suspense Magazine on TELL ME)

The spookily atmospheric plot is jam-packed with scary chills and sexy thrills. (Booklist on TELL ME)

a fast moving thriller with plenty of twists and turns, and an easy flowing style that readily catches the reader up in its thrall. (Canberra Times on MALICE)

Gripping... Jackson heightens the creep factor. (Publisher's Weekly on MALICE)

As a beach read, this is a cracker. Read it at night and it certainly will keep you up. For after the prologue, Jackson slips into her real agenda, and out of your comfort zone. (Courier Mail, Brisbane on DEEP FREEZE)

Tense... Suspenseful . . . shocking . . . will leave readers on the edge of their seats. (Booklist on ABSOLUTE FEAR)

Her latest whodunit hits all the marks, taking readers on a nail-biting roller coaster ride. (Library Journal on WITHOUT MERCY)

Jackson takes creepy to a new level with her latest chilling offering... A frightening tale filled with danger and shocking twists. (RT Book Reviews on WITHOUT MERCY)

Jackson... shows a mastery of the true-crime thriller formula that will please fans (Kirkus Reviews on TELL ME)

Graphic, terrifying suspense and gripping emotion are what makes all of Lisa Jackson's thrillers so unforgettable. THE MORNING AFTER just adds to her growing inventory of terrific page-turners. (Romantic Times on THE MORNING AFTER)

In a word: clever (The Herald Sun on CHOSEN TO DIE)

The highly suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat reads that Lisa Jackson provides are unparalleled (Publisher's Weekly on LEFT TO DIE)

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An exclusive school with a terrifying secret lies at the heart of this gripping thriller by New York Times bestseller Lisa Jackson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars With out Mercy 14 Aug 2013
By Mgt
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Very good story line. Plenty of twist and turns in the story. Was difficult to know who was the murderer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 29 Aug 2014
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excellent read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 29 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lisa Jackson is a very good author, with her gripping story with a wild twist, this book is brilliant! I suggest not for anyone under the age of 16 or 15. Other than that... great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller 30 Jun 2013
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Once again, Lisa Jackson gives us well-rounded, likeable characters who engage in plenty of exciting twists and turns as the mystery enfolds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An edge of the seat read 31 Mar 2010
By Cheryl Koch - Published on Amazon.com
Jules Farentino's half sister, Shay is such a trouble maker. Unfortunately, Shay has used up all of her chances. Their mother sends Shay to Blue Rock Academy. A school for troubled teens. Jules has a bad feeling about Blue Rock Academy. Jules's mother tells Jules there is nothing to worry about. Yeah then why has Lauren Conway, a student at Blue Rock Academy been missing for six months and no one knows of her whereabouts? Jules must find a way to get Shay out of Blue Rock Academy before she becomes the next victim.

Without Mercy really packs the punches and the adrenaline rush. I am a big fan of Lisa Jackson's and have read almost all of her books. I have to admit that it has been a little while since I have enjoyed myself reading one of her books, until now. The ending for this book leaves much to be desired. I know it is intentional as there will be a follow up book. I just finished this one and already am impatient for the next one. Julies is a fighter. She is the best big sister anyone could ask for. Shay turned out to be a huge surprise. I don't want to get on her bad side. Without Mercy will make you scream mercy for more!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing mishmash thriller 4 Aug 2010
By Possibility - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my first venture in Lisa Jackson's world and I was soooooo disappointed with this book. If I were asked to describe the book in two words, I would say it was boring and tedious. I can't believe I read it to the end! Well, in fact, I didn't... I was listening to it on audiobook, so at least I was busy doing other things and don't feel that I totally wasted my time. I would never have put up with it in print. The premise was interesting, but the delivery was unconvincing and surprisingly boring, with barely enough suspense to keep me going hoping that it would eventually deliver - which, by the way, it never did.
As for the ending, it was so ludicrous!... Did anyone in the publishing company actually read that novel before it was printed?! I do wonder.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not like the others... 7 Jun 2010
By WeekendMarian - Published on Amazon.com
Lisa Jackson books are must-reads for me and yet I truly struggled to get through this one. The plot was fast-moving and complicated enough to keep the reader interested, but the characters just didn't make sense to me at all. It isn't a good sign when you find yourself agreeing with the evil mother in book instead of your heroine! Likewise, it was clear why I was supposed to find the hero attractive but I had no idea why our heroine was in love with him other than...she just never got over him? Why??? This book was okay to kill time but didn't keep me interested enough to pay all that much attention. I would definitely rather go back and read some of her other novels.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 28 Jun 2010
By D. Stapleton - Published on Amazon.com
I have read Lisa Jackson ever since she began writing romantic suspense and eagerly await each book. She has always ranked at the top of my list of favorite authors so it was with great anticipation that I picked up a copy of "Without Mercy", only to find myself extremely disappointed. The plot was such a cliche--isolated boarding school, religious extremists, snow storm, etc.--and the characters were underdeveloped and/or unlikable. The plot was also underdeveloped and there were a lot of questions the story raised that were never answered. I didn't understand why Jules was so convinced that the school was a terrible place, other than the fact she seemed to think Shay didn't deserve punishment for the bad things she'd done. Given the choice between jail and a reform school, Jules thought Shay should come live with her...huh?...why??? I found myself agreeing with the mother and the friends and despising Jules. I also hated how all the religious people were mocked and looked down upon, even the ones who seemed to be honestly good people.

I struggled to finish the book and was relieved to find out I was at the end, even somewhat enjoying the surprise ending. But then came the last few pages, when I realized the author was setting us up for a sequel! These are definitely not characters I am interested in re-visiting.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Terrible 10 Mar 2011
By Victoria K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read and enjoyed Jackson's books before so it was a surprise that one of her books is inspiring me to come here and give it a review -- my first ever -- at the half-way point in the book. I am really struggling to get through it, and don't know that I will.

Nothing in this book makes sense. Nothing. The plot is shaky and uninteresting, the characters colorless and unlikable including our main character. The author used horses in her book despite clearly knowing nothing about horses and not doing her homework to learn about them. For example, it was laughable that a ruckus was raised about a horse being left out when the temperatures were below freezing. The horse was also kicking at the barn door to get in. Are you kidding me? She described the hayloft as holding hundreds or thousands of bales of hay. Thousands? This must be the biggest barn ever built.

In the span of one page, our main character describes her ex-boyfriend as a liar who can't be trusted and as a straight shooter. Seriously?

I actually started dog-earing the pages in this book that illustrated how terrible it was.

Hopefully this was one bad gliche in the career of a writer I'd enjoyed to this point, but I'll honestly be thinking twice about buying her next book after this. It was really just that bad.
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