Mercy - Jodi Picoult

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... I chose ‘Mercy’ because it covers a particularly interesting topical issue…and because it was on sale for 20p at the library! Would this be the novel that convinced me to change my opinion? The central idea is an engaging one: Jamie MacDonald suffocates his adored wife, Maggie, to release ... Read review
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Jodi Picoult box set: 3 books; Mercy, The Tenth Circle, Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult

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How far would you go for someone you loved?

AdvantagesEasy to read; topical issues

DisadvantagesSlightly clunking style; topical issues not fully explored

"...novel is not really the mercy killing itself, but how far beyond accepted social behaviour someone would go for a loved one. If you like well developed characters who act in psychologically convincing ways over a period of time, then I’d look elsewhere. If you’re more interested in reading about clearly sketched characters in a fast moving plot, then you may well enjoy this novel. For me, I think this will be my last foray into Picoult’s writings…until ..." Read review

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You may beg for mercy...

AdvantagesReasonable storyline with compelling ideas about morality

DisadvantagesBadly 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 about it and the critics seem to like her too, which is a rare thing these days. So, whilst browsing around the bookstore, I decided it was high time that ..." Read review

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Could you show mercy?

AdvantagesA thought provoking topic

DisadvantagesNot 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 other half out shopping (culture shock for him!) and asked him to pick me up a book, I was initially a bit worried what he would bring back I had visions of ..." Read review

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Mercy by Jodi Picoult

AdvantagesWell developed characters and relationships

Disadvantagesnone 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 Macdonald is "head of the clan" and the police chief for the town and he lives with his wife Allie. Jamie MacDonald is a cousin of Cameron's and his wife Maggie ..." Read review

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The quality of 'Mercy'...

Advantagesgripping story

Disadvantagesa bit slow to get going

"...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 quite difficult to get into. I wondered whether I had been spoilt after reading such fantastic novels as Plain Truth or Nineteen Minutes. However, in true Picoult style she slowly reeled me in to the story and after about one hundred pages I was hooked! Jodi Picoult is not afraid to tackle difficult topics and in ..." Read review

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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 Scottish clan, he is bound to the town's residents by blood and honor. Yet when his cousin Jamie arrives at the police station with the body of his wife and the bald confession that he's killed her, Cam immediately places him under arrest. The situation isn't as clear to Cam's wife, Allie. While she is devoted to her husband, she finds herself siding against Cam, seduced by the picture James paints of a man so in love with a woman that he'd grant all her wishes! even the one that meant taking her life. Into this charged atmosphere drifts Mia, a new assistant at Allie's floral shop, for whom Cam feels an instant and inexplicable attraction. While he aids the prosecution in preparing the case against Jamie, who killed his terminally ill wife out of mercy, Cam finds himself betraying his own wife.

Product details

Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title Mercy
Author Jodi Picoult
ISBN 0340835508; 0340836717; 0340839341; 034096054X; 039914160X; 0743422449; 075317748X; 1416549382


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