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Mercy

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult has an incredible talent for taking hot-button social issues and weaving them into compelling page-turners. In Mercy, she explores the depths of love in its many forms. Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder - a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town, Mia Townsend, threatens to unwittingly drive a dagger through Cam's marriage. Deftly portraying the complexities of love and passion, Picoult delivers another literary triumph with Mercy.

©1996 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books,LLC

What the Critics Say

"What could have been a competent, topical novel about a mercy killing becomes, in Picoult's hands, an inspired meditation on love." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest OREGON 08-13-12

    ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance

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    "Picoult meet Gabeldon whilst searchin' the heather"

    Yep..Diana Gabeldon ran across Jodi Picould one day while they were a'roamin ye auld highlands and they agreed to write a book together..or many they didn't but it just seems that way from this book.I think Nora Roberts might have joined in on this mess of a book too....theres a lot of her in it, including her key phrase of "He fisted her hair and drew her to the floor"
    Theres a lot more uncensored lovemaking in Gabeldons books-plenty of sex, but none of it ticked me off as much as the cheating sheriff does in Mercy,

    Wheelock Mass was settled 200 years ago by McDonalds mostly,along with a few other scotish surnames after the battle at Culoden and the Laird of the Clan McDnals has been the top cop in the little town ever since. Todays Chief of Police, one Cameron McDonald really wants to be a tourist writer but he had to return home because his father had died and it was his turn to become chief of police. He came back and maid the town librarian not the cheerleader that everyone thought he'd end up with-shes a writer and has returned to town for a opening preview and reading from her newest book.

    The plot is trite tripe. So corny that I had a hard time not rolling my eyes and saying "OH Really"????? to some dumb turn of events. And to the way the female protagonist has chosen to not stand up for herself during her entire marriage. You know thats gotta go!

    Combine it with a wandering woman who just shows up in town and charms the chief, a distant cousin who murders his wife in Wheelock because he knew The Laird would give him a fair judgment..after all, the wife requested she be murdered to get her out of all the pain she was in. I had so many "Why didn't they" questions about this act, as it is supposed to take place in this day and age-primarily why didn't they get this desire to be let go due to unmitigating cancer pain on the books first-get some group behind it-or even move here to Oregon where Mercy Killing is legal!

    I was disappointed in the book..what might have been a good Picoult novel turned out to be an average listen with some unrealistic characters, a flat plot and a wish I hadn't downloaded it to start with. This goes in my returns file!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Rochelle, GA, United States 10-17-12
    Vicki Rochelle, GA, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "An Interesting Read"
    Would you listen to Mercy again? Why?

    I could listen to Mercy again in a few years. The story line was very different and really made you think.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    In some regards, yes, the plot did have some surprising twists. You can read the book jacket and find out that Jamie McDonald shows up in the town of Weelock (not sure of spelling here) and notifies his cousin, Cameron McDonald, the town's police chief, that his wife is dead and he killer her.He then adds she asked him to do so but its actually the coroner who reveals the suffering her body had undergone during cancer treatments. People are divided and Cameron's wife, Allie, is fully in Jamie's corner. Secretly, I believe Cameron was, too, since he hired Jamie an attorney. The book has two story lines because at the same time Jamie appears with his bombshell, a strange woman, Mia, shows up in town and is hired by Allie to work in her flower shop. An attraction blossoms almost immediately between Cameron and Mia and I felt dislike for Cameron for pursuing this attraction while I also was sympathetic towards him for trying to help Jamie, though not publicly.


    What does Alyssa Bresnahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have listened to books by this narrator before and she brings the characters to life, I really felt more in tune to them by listening to the story rather than reading it. Its one of the things I love the most about audible books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had various emotions throughout the book; shock as Jamie recounted he and Maggie's last days together, even though I knew a mercy killing was the basic plot of the book. I felt frustration for Allie as she tried so hard to make things so calm and peaceful and smooth for Cameron that she kind of faded into the background. I was thoroughly at odds when Cameron and Mia began their affair and I felt Cameron's shame and Allie's fury when both his mother and Allie discovered the affair. The book ended the way I wanted with Jamie's trial. I think mercy killing is a hard issue but Picoult shared it in such intense detail that I could see how you could do something like this because you loved someone so much you didn't want them to suffer anymore.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Larenn 06-15-16
    Larenn 06-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Mercy?

    I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan - but this one was just no good. ---Spoilers ---Like other reviewers ; I could not find a single redeeming quality in Cam or Mia - and usually Picoult is so good at making us see the silver lining in everyone. I rooted so hard for Allie to finally stick it to Cam for never being who she deserved and then betraying her on top of it, but instead saw her go back to him like nothing had happened. The Jamie and Maggie storyline had potential, but just fell a bit flat to me. Throw in a bunch of scenes that did nothing to further the plot and a rushed ending, and you get a dud from a usually stellar author. Disappointing book.


    What about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance did you like?

    She did well - no complaints about the reader!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mercy?

    Spoiler - Change the ending so that Allie does what she should have! She should have been strong and not settled for less than what she deserved. Such a disheartening way to leave the only character I grew to care for.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna A Massachusetts 10-13-12
    Donna A Massachusetts 10-13-12 Member Since 2008

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    "What is Mercy?"

    The story revolves around Cameron and Allie MacDonald, in the small village of Wheelock, Massachusetts in the Berkshire. It is a town rich in Scottish history where the majority of residents are Scottish descendants, where weddings are ended with the Scottish tradition of a blood vow, where Cameron MacDonald is not only the chief of police but also the clan chief – all of which were expected of him to do. On what seemed to be a most ordinary day turns out to be a most extraordinary day for Cam and his wife of eight years; events on the day will lead them down a shaky path of questions, desires and wants. The 1st turn of events is when Jamie MacDonald, a cousin of Cameron's, commits an act of mercy by smoothing his cancer-ravaged wife Maggie in the Wheelock Inn. The 2nd turn of event is when Allie, the local florist, hires Mia, a blue-eyed exotic beauty with a knack for flower arranging. As Allie becomes involved with Jamie’s case, Cam begins a love affair with Mia that is destine to bring his marriage to almost a point of destruction. Jamie tells Allie that a marriage is never “never fifty-fifty” and like him, Allie is the one the loves more.

    At points in the book I hated Cam for what he was doing to his wife yet at times so wanted him to find happiness with Mia – Cameron loved her for her free spirit to go places at a whim and Mia love Cam for stability and a place to call home. The love story of Jamie and Maggie is heart breaking. How do you kill the person that is your whole being? How do you ask that person to perform such an act, an act of mercy?

    Picoult’s writing is like poetry for me and this book is no exception, especially her attention to the development of her central characters. The title of this book “Mercy” has dual meaning. The most obvious is the mercy killing of Maggie. But what is mercy? It is compassion or benevolence. I think this would apply to Allie towards Cam.

    I have read many reviews on this book I see a lot of people did not rate it well – maybe the fact that I listen to this book painted it differently for me but I loved the book. Jodi Picoult rarely disappoints me and never writes about subjects that are easy to swallow - and Mercy was no different.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 10-13-16
    Sharon 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another well thought through book"

    I found this book not only enjoyable but also gave me insight as Jodi does so well.

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    Maureen 08-20-16
    Maureen 08-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Murder is not merciful"

    I read this book to compare it to the story me before you it is on the same topic with a similar ending with the main character committing suicide. I do not agree with this choice and it angers me that assisted suicide is romanticized or considered merciful although I did enjoy the story long at times and I was expecting a bigger twist from this author I love all her books it's definitely a topic that gets us all thinking

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Quippygirl 08-18-16
    Quippygirl 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mercy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the narrator and some parts of the story so I don't consider it a waste of time.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have spent more time focusing on one story instead of two.


    What about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance did you like?

    I thought she was great and plan on looking up other books that she's narrated.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

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    I mostly always enjoy stories that involve infidelity but I don't like it when there is easy forgiveness or being left with the feeling that the person who cheated is pretty much just settling because he can't have what he wants and puts no real effort/groveling into getting back together with the person he cheated on. The heroine deserves better than that and I thought that she came off looking rather weak just as she had started to become stronger and more assertive.

    I would have much rather had the majority of the book dedicated to what happened between Allie and Cam (and the aftermath) than to have had their story compete a second one about a different couple.


    Any additional comments?

    Mercy is the first book that I've read by this author and I loved her writing style. I do plan to read more of JP's work again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 06-18-16
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 06-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring book."

    I usually love Jodi Picoult but this book put me to sleep. I could not finish it.

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    M. Longstreth 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What the heck happened"
    What would have made Mercy better?

    I couldn't get into this book...it was hard to follow with poor character development...


    Has Mercy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

    couldn't finish it


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    BeagleMom 07-24-15
    BeagleMom 07-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Different"

    This was not a typical Jodi Picoult book. It took some time to get into, but it was a very good book. I would like to have had a little more detail to the ending though.

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  • Rachel
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    "Superb"

    Jodi is deservedly well-respected and novels such as this continue to show why.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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