Mercy Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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Picoult fans will not be disappointed . . . a pleasure to pick up, and impossible to put down (Daily Express)
If you're after a book that will have you utterly enthralled and stay with you long after you've finished it, look no further (Heat)
Picoult's novel . . . reminds us how easy it is to jump to conclusions and to do all the wrong things for all the right reasons (Glamour)
Engrossing . . . Picoult has a remarkable ability to make us share her characters' feelings of confusion and horror (People)
What would you do for someone you loved? Lie? Leave? Kill? Woven tight with passion and a fast-paced plot, MERCY explores highly charged emotional and ethical issues. When you love someone, where do you cross the line of moral obligation?See all Product Description
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Jamie McDonald smothers his terminally ill wife to end her misery. He then turns himself in to the local police chief. It is no coincidence that the chief of police is also his cousin, Cam McDonald.
Running alongside this ethical dilemma is the draw that Cam feels for the newly arrived, mysterious Mia, and the repercussions this has on his marriage.
Two well written and interwoven stories.
Written 10 years ago, this is lacking a little in comparison to Ms Picoult's current work, but her style is already clearly formed and as ever the subject matter is controversial. It has been cunningly marketed as if to convince readers that this is a new novel, indeed I bought it believing this. I wonder if this would get 3 stars if it didn't come with the high expectations attached to a Jodi Picoult book. Would give 4 1/2 stars if that were possible, 9 out of 10.
The story follows a man who kills his wife because she was dying of terminal cancer and asked him to kill her. He turns himself in to the police. It's a thought provoking and controversial theme and there aren't many books covering the topic. The ending to this euthanasia storyline was excellent. This storyline made me completely empathise with the man and ask myself if I would do the same. It's a well addressed topic and beautifully written.
However, the author has chosen to make this into an almost background issue and the main bulk of the book follows the story of the adulterous police chief and his devoted wife.
This storyline is well written also but it left me feeling rather flat to be honest, I didn't empathise with these characters and it made me irritated. The ending of this storyline was good but it certainly wasn't the ending I was hoping for at all. Despite saying all of this it did again make me think what would I do myself and it was well integrated into the main plot of the book.
Overall it is an incredibly thought provoking and well written read. It could have been much better if the euthanasia storyline was covered in more depth and if a lot less of the affair storyline had been written. I would suggest you should read her other books first to see how well it could have been written. I did enjoy reading the book so its worth a read anyway just in order to make yourself think what would you do?
If you take out all the parts of this book about the Scottish link then all you're left with is a guy who kills his wife and goes on trial for it. The question is whether he murdered his wife or if it was a mercy killing. Basically it's the same Picoult formula and if you've read any of her previous books you'll know the ending before you even start. That wasn't so much what disappointed me. What disappointed me is the way the book just ended. There was no big climax.....everybody just went along about their day. It was a real let-down I have to say.
I'm currently debating if I can be bothered reading the Tenth Circle and to be honest I think I'll give it a while for my current disappointment to dissipate first. I can't cope with one more predictable ending right now!
I'm already a Jodi Picoult fan having read and liked four of her other books -- The Pact, Keeping Faith, Plain Truth and Salem Falls -- so when I say that I didn't enjoy this book at all, I have a good basis for comparison. Never before have I read a book where I felt so detached from each and every character. The wife Allie has no backbone, the husband Cam has no loyalty, the mistress Mia has no values, the mercy killer Jamie has no fortitude, his dead wife Maggie was selfish, Cam's mother Ellen is a wacko.....I could go on and on.
The backdrop of the story is one of intense love -- so intense that your emotions take over your senses. There's a case of a mercy killing, another story of a cheating spouse and a courtroom scene where all the scenarios are played out. The events leading up to and after the killing are all impulsive -- sometimes so impulsive that they're hard to believe. There are other parts in the book where reality is suspended and mysticism takes over. I'm always at a loss when an author resorts to this.
Probably the biggest complaint I have is the intense lack of editing. I can't stand when I'm reading a book and two people are having a conversation yet the name you're reading on the typewritten page is NOT the name of the person who is actually doing the talking.Read more ›
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I bought this book to replace a library book I drenched on a camping trip. It had a slow descriptive start but with perseverance I got glued to it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kellmorris
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As a big fan of Jodi Picoult I bought this one ages ago along with all her other books when I fell in love with her. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charlotte
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