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.
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"A well-written novel." (Library Journal) "What could have been a competent, topical novel about a mercy killing becomes, in Picoult's hands, an inspired meditation on love." (Publishers Weekly)
Some of Jodi Picoult's books are great, some are very good, and this one is good, but not as well-written, tight and powerful as I've come to expect. I still recommend it to Jodi Picoult devotees, but if you haven't listened to others by her, don't start with this one. Of her books I've listened to, MY SISTER'S KEEPER and PLAIN TRUTH are probably the best. The TENTH CIRCLE is close; Picoult's knowledge of different cultures and native traditions and beliefs give a story a depth that it might not otherwise have. If you also read physical books, her first published novel, SONGS OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE (although not recorded anywhere) is worth reading for its language (poetry), the whales, and the way different characters' perceptions sequentially reveal the story.
Picoult never disappoints. Mercy is heartfelt and moving. The author uses wonderful imagery and her story has many sub stories to keep the readers interest. Worth the purchase.
Wife with 32+ years experience. Mother, Grandmother. My family & I own a turtle farm in NW Alabama. I'm more blessed than I deserve!
I was very moved and could hardly tear myself away to eat and sleep! I love the author's tendency toward segmenting to weave the story!
I highly recommend any book written by Jodi Picoult. She is one of the best writers around. Her books are always intriguing and have great character development. Every book she has written--Mercy included--make you think.
Easy to believe, facts and a great romance. The characters pull you in. The write describes the sadness of mental and physical abuse in a way you can feel.
This is actually my favorite book by Jodi Picoult. As always you can count on her to make you look at situations in a way that you might not on your own. I felt that I really knew these characters by the end.
This is one of her best books yet. A few different twists yet all related. Keeps you in suspense till the very end. This book really makes you think about your own feelings both emotionally and morally about what you would do in the same situation. She gets you connecting with all the characters, regardless of their positions. She's a great writer of controvertial subjects.
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I became a Jodi Picoult fan BIGTIME after 19 Minutes, the next 3 I read were great. This one was good, but nearly as good as her others for me. The whole "Scottish Clan" thing seemed a bit much, and the rest was just a romance novel with a twist. Tho definitely not her best, it was still good, and better thsn s lot of the other drivel out there.
After having been spoiled with such treasurers as Nineteen Minutes, The Pact and especially Her Sister's Keeper, Mercy was a big disappointment. If there was an abridged version (I didn't check), I should have taken it. It was almost like the Eveready Bunny - it kept going, and going and going...I had to look at the synopsis again to make sure I wasn't reading a Harlequin Romance! This was an earlier book, though, so I won't give up on her future books.
I have read "My Sister's Keeper" by this author and loved it. I had high hopes for this book but was sadly disappointed. I fell asleep several times while listening to this book. I thought the writing was overly descriptive and was distracting to the story. By the time the author finished describing something my mind would wander off. I didn't ever get the attraction between Cam and Mia. I never understood how Allie had the credentials to work with the attorney. Maybe I fell asleep during that overly descriptive part. The ending was expected and boring.
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