This is the first time I have been terribly disappointed in one of Jodi Picoult's books! I have NO clue what this book was really about. It seemed to be two incomplete stories.
Story One: The social debate over mercy killing and/or a persons right to chose end of life. This COULD have been a very good tale if the author had focused her efforts on this subject matter that seems to be in the news more often these days. I would have preferred to hear more about the two sides and the history of the couple at the center of the "mercy killing" and court battle. I'd have loved to hear more about the jury and their struggle (or lack there of) to come to a decision. What did they base it one? Were there any hold outs and why? There seemed to be a focus on which ones appeared to side with the defendant and others who sided with the state while a few seemed to fall in between but within hours they had a complete acquittal...? This story was completely diluted by Story Two and ended abruptly with the defendant seeing his dead wife...? HUH???
Story Two: Mystery woman Mia strolls into town and the author seems to elude to her having a secret agenda. She quickly becomes involved in an affair with the married sheriff and the two seem to not be able to resist each other. The affair drags on and is slowly discovered by the sheriff's mother and then his wife...whoop-dee-do...and then she strolls out of town with her cat and back pack never to be seen again. HUH? Now, she disappears once earlier on in the affair and the sheriff actually hires a private investigator to track her down...why then and not now? What was her agenda for coming to town and then disappearing and how does this relate to "Mercy"?
Both stories could have been an entire book in themselves with the right amount of content but mashed together into one book, neither held my interest and the ending just...ended...no conclusion on anything.