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on 9 August 2017
Loved this quiet and thoughtful tale of a marriage.
It’s seen first of all from the point of view of the husband, Donald, a good man, an optometrist and a Scot, an expat living in Boston. He is in mourning for his father who has recently died, and in his quiet Scottish way pays concerned attention to his mother, his children, his blind colleague and friend, Jack, even his parrot.
Fatefully his wife, Viv, is a nebulous presence, whom he sees mainly as a puzzle, an annoyance. She has changed, she is no longer herself, and it’s all to do with the glorious horse whom she has become obsessed by - Mercury.
But then we turn to Viv’s point of view. The same events are told again and it’s an entirely different tale.
Finally Donald is confronted with a dilemma, knowing that whoever route he takes he cant win.
It’s wonderful story, quietly gripping, and I loved the Scottish grace notes to this American story.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 23 March 2017
If you are looking for your original everyday thriller, don't look here.
If your looking for a challenging read that starts off kind of interesting, then gets intriguing where you get the hang of the authors style of writing then this maybe for you.

It's put in the Thriller category however, it could easily be in Romantic suspense, as it's about marriage, secrets, lies and uncovering human desire at its raw.

Donald and Viv.

Donald tells us his POV of things and how he sees things.
Viv has her turn too.

Viv owns the local stables where we meet Mercury.

Vic's desires come to the fore as does her obsession. Her infatuation leads her astray.

Donald has 20/20 vision but Viv has changed, he's failed to notice. His life is threatened from a secure life to an unsecure future.

Donald is too late.
Viv s desires are imminent.

This is definitely not my usual read but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

3.5 from my thoughts.

New author to me.

Thank you to Sceptre/ hodder for my copy.
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Donald thought he had it all; a thriving marriage, happy children and a job as an optometrist he loves. Sight is his thing, yet he failed to see his wife Viv’s obsession with a horse named Mercury until it was too late. He couldn’t have predicted that he would end up drawn to Bonnie, who is one of his patients. How did things ended up this way?

Yes, the arrival of Mercury marked the biggest change but when did Donald and Viv stop communicating with each other. When did they stop listening to each other? Told in three parts, Mercury is a novel full of questions. Perhaps the most important of which is how far will Donald go to save his marriage and protect his children?

Margot Livesey’s writing is full of quiet moments and observations on life. The result being that Mercury is a slow moving, yet enthralling, exploration of love, marriage, obsession and deceit. With a side of crime.

*I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher
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on 11 August 2017
This is a book about obsession and passion during middle age, but the object of this desire is a horse called Mercury. Viv becomes obsessed with the horse whilst running the local stables. The story is told from two different perspectives: Donald (the husband) and Viv (the wife). The couple have both kept secrets from each other and life is not as it seems. Donald, in particular, has become very distant since his father passed away. I think the characters in the book are believable and this is because they are not portrayed as being perfect. The book covers relationships, secrets, obsessions and the subject of guns and gun law is also broached. I must admit, I did enjoy reading this book
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on 19 May 2017
Not a thriller, but full of intrigue, this novel builds suspense slowly and kept me enthralled right to the end. Donald is an optometrist, yet he doesn't see what is happening to his wife Viv. She has always been passionate about horses, but that passion turns to obsession about a horse called Mercury. As her obsession develops she becomes deceitful, ignores her husband, and her children's needs. Tragedy looms...... I found Mercury an compelling read, especially as the tale is told first in Donald's voice, then in Viv's, and finally back to Donald. Like Donald, I started out failing to understand what was happening to Viv, but then saw things much more clearly when I read Viv's own story. By the time I arrived at the final section I was fascinated to find out what would happen, to what extent either of them would begin to understand the other, and whether or not their marriage would survive. This novel has many layers and is a masterful insight into the way in which individual behaviours and ambitions, as well as basic human frailty, can disrupt very normal lives.
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on 16 May 2017
Keeps you wondering - who will die (surely somebody, by Chekov's law of guns over the mantle)? Will the marriage survive? Character and chance work nicely together to drive events - and it is certainly more character-driven and so more deliberately paced than most works of suspense. A tragedy comes halfway through, cathartic enough and it could have been the climax - but then the consequences of the tragedy are not yet known, and the suspense redoubles until ... but that would be telling. Livesey reels you in slowly. A great story.
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on 12 June 2017
Margot Livesey’s new novel (yes, I am a fan) intrigues and surprises,and is one of those rare unputdownable straight-through reads.

The story (centred around the gleaming thoroughbred of the title, Mercury) starts with a familiar and trusting canter, but soon gallops and excites, surprises and confounds. The tone is assured, authentic and beautifully nuanced.

Livesey’s writing appears almost effortless, but knows exactly what it is doing, where it is going. A deeply satisfying and rewarding read.
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