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Cameron MacDonald has spent his life guided by duty. As the police chief of a small Massachusetts town that has been home to generations of his Scotti...

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Easy to read; topical issues

Slightly clunking style; topical issues not fully ...

An increasingly familiar name to anyone who keeps even half an ear on literary matters, Jodi Picoult has published a number of novels that share a familiar format and focus on topical issues. In fact, Picoult is such a popular writer that I often feel I must be missing something when I reflect on...

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Satisfactory

“You may beg for mercy...”

published 19/03/2008

Reasonable storyline with compelling ideas about m...

Badly structured and unbelievable in parts

*** I've given away a fair amount of plot information in here, so please don't read on, if you'd prefer not to know. I just felt it relevant to my review on this occasion.*** I've heard some good things about Jodi Picoult's stuff. I know a lot of intelligent people who read her work and rave...

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“Could you show mercy?”

published 09/10/2007

A thought provoking topic

Not her best

I love a good book, one that I can really get stuck into and can't put down forget the housework and just escape. I usually don't get the luxury of doing this unless we are on holiday but at the moment I am stuck indoors due to an operation on my foot and am confined to the sofa! So I sent the...

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“Mercy by Jodi Picoult”

published 27/06/2008

Well developed characters and relationships

none really

I have read one of Jodi Picoult's books before and enjoyed it so while browsing in the library I saw this one and thought I'd give it a go. The book is based in a small town, Wheelock, in America where many years before a clan had moved over from Scotland and built a replica village. Cameron...

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Super

Easy read with added twist

Slushy

I've never read a Jodi Picoult novel before, but after hearing great reviews about her and having films such as My Sisters Keeper to add to her list, I thought I'd give her a go. I used a website called "readitswapit" where people list their unwanted/finished books and swap them with other uses...

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Excellent

“The quality of 'Mercy'...”

published 04/09/2008

gripping story

a bit slow to get going

I am a huge fan of the american writer Jodi Picoult and find each of her novels fresh and original. Every time, she seems to come up with a successful formula in her storylines and her novel Mercy is no exception. I was a bit worried when I first started reading the book though as I found it...

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Good

“Would You Have Mercy?”

published 20/12/2006

Sweet, reasonably well-written novel with some gre...

Scottish stereotypes, not enough focus on euthanas...

This novel was first published in the US in 1996, meaning that Jodi Picoult was only 30 (or thereabouts) when she wrote it and not so experienced - and, unfortunately, it shows. Whilst later novels I've read by Picoult focus on the courtroom and the complexities of controversial issues, very...

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Good

“Give ME Mercy!”

published 21/06/2008

Some good characters

Some bad characters

Allie MacDonald and her husband, the police chief - Cam MacDonald - live in a lovely town. Their marriage is a happy one if not for all of Allie's efforts going into keeping Cam happy, not because he is an unreasonable man but because she loves with every fibre in her body. On a regular morning...

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Some good characters and descriptions about charac...

Was hard to get into at the beginning. Some parts ...

Mercy by Jodi Picoult 449 pages Modern fiction Another Jodi Picoult book to add to my review list! Although I found this one a bit disappointing compared to Picoult's other works. Maggie and Jamie are living an almost fairytale marriage life, until that is Maggie discovers she is suffering from...

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Good

“Everyone has their off days”

published 19/11/2009

Explores moral arguments of euthanesia, warm portr...

Slow, poor characterisation

Mercy focuses on the issue of euthanasia, and the balance of love within a relationship. The storyline follows two couples, Allie and Cam McDonald, and Jamie and Maggie McDonald. Cam McDonald is the police chief of Wheelock, Massachusetts and has been married to Allie for 7 years. Allie runs the...

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Good

“Should You Kill Your Wife?”

published 20/02/2009

A reasonably gripping page-turner

A little lugubrious

Should you kill your wife? Should you do it because every day is a nightmare, as you try to cope with the ravages of terminal cancer. Should you kill her just because she asked you to? Should you put the pillow over her head and hold it there, even when she struggles, because you discussed it...

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Super

“Mercy”

published 09/09/2008

excellent character development and story

some small sections not highly rellevant and almos...

this was the first Jodi Picoult book i read, and the reason i read more of her work. The story is a heart wrenching tale of a man, Jamie, driven by love to commit a crime. The crime was euthinasia. Jamie loves his wife so much he agreed to help her kill herself to put her out of the misery she...

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Excellent

understandable, you can relate, keeps you on your ...

you can't put it down!!

In my opinion, this book satisfies all emotions. It's a rollercoaster. Such poetic words to demonstrate the emotions between character Cam McDonald, his wife Allie, and also floral assistant Mia Townsend. The book depicts love, loss, and what happens when there's a combination of the two. I was a...

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Super

Engaging moral topic, well written

Slow introduction, slow character development

Choosing to read the novel Mercy, by Jodi Picoult, was an easy decision. It offered everything that I wanted in a novel - engaging moral discussion, interesting background, and quick development. However, I was quick to realize that this book was not like many of her other books. It was, indeed...

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