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Author: Jodi Picoult
Police chief of a small Massachusetts town, Cameron McDonald makes the toughest arrest of his life when his own cousin Jamie comes to him and confesses outright that he has killed his terminally ill wife out of mercy. — Now, a heated murder trial plunges the town into upheaval, and drives a wedge into a contented marriage: Cameron, aiding the pro...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743422444
ISBN-10: 0743422449
Publication Date: 4/3/2001
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 798 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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TarynC avatar reviewed Mercy on + 213 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult, especially after meeting her! I was not impressed,however, with this book. It's not up to her usual standards. The story never grabbed me, even though the subject matter was very thought provoking. The characters, on the whole where not well developed, or likeable and the story went off in too many different directions. I recommend, My sister's keeper, Nineteen minutes, The Plain Truth, The pact, and Saving Faith, to name a few of my favorites.
scrapbooklady avatar reviewed Mercy on + 472 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
I usually enjoy reading Jodi Picoult's books, though the topics are often difficult, she writes in such a way that you wonder how you would react in the same situation. "Mercy" was not up to the standards Ms. Picoult normally puts forth in her novels. I was intrigued by the subject, however, instead of focusing on the question of mercy killing, and how you would handle a similar situation, a majority of the book was about Cam MacDonald, the sheriff of Wheelock, Mass and his affair...It's not a terrible book, just not up to Picoult's usual standards.
reviewed Mercy on + 121 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
This book wasn't as good as Picoult's others. I thought it jumped around too much and had a few too many characters that weren't fully fleshed out like Picoult usually does. In addition, the romance between Cam and Mia just doesn't ring true, while you never really get a sense of the relationship between Jamie and Maggie. Also, Picoult throws in some supernatural elements that just didn't ring true to me. Although I've enjoyed most of her other books (especially âMy Sister's Keeperâ), I didn't think this was one of Picoult's best.
KansasSunflower avatar reviewed Mercy on + 329 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I really did not like this book. I was very disappointed in that I usually enjoy this author. I had to force myself to keep reading it, just to see what the fuss was all about. I think it's boring, has very, very little to do with mercy killing, which is what I was expecting. The majority of the book is about an affair and its consequences and is there always someone in a marriage who loves more than the other person. It was just a very disappointing book and I do not recommend that anyone waste their time reading it.
reviewed Mercy on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This book didn't do much for me. I loved the Allie character and pretty much disliked everyone else. Some of the other reviews said this is about mercy killing and virtual reality. In my opinion, those issues were subplots. She covered the bare surface of both of those topics but delved deep into the affairand its effects. To me, this is about the 'favorite son' learning that the world does not revolve around him and that his choices have consequences. And the mercy that his wife shows.
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grammarchick avatar reviewed Mercy on + 24 more book reviews
Painful but beautiful - if you like Jodi Picoult, it's a gotta-have.
Readnmachine avatar reviewed Mercy on + 1421 more book reviews
A swing and a miss from Picoult, whose novels I usually like.

This one was just too sappy for my taste, borrowing liberally from "The Bridges of Madison County" (which I really hated) and letting that co-plot vitiate what might have been a sensitive and thoughtful look at the subject of mercy-killing.
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Not enough happened in this book to justify its 400 pages. It is a story of love, what some people will do in the name of love, adultery, and the unevenness of some relationships. It was okay, but definately not my favorite Picoult book.
lisasilv avatar reviewed Mercy on + 2 more book reviews
I must admit, normally I love Jodi Picoult's books but this one read slowly and I wasn't quite as satisfied with the ending as I usually am. It's a very interesting topic but it drags on. She probably could have had a better quality story using fewer words. There may have also been too many plots at the same time.
wanwanhc avatar reviewed Mercy on + 9 more book reviews
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite author's and this book is very good and maybe one of my favorites. She has a way of touching on sensitive subjects with alot of style and flavor! This book will make you look at your own marriage and make you ask questions of yourself that you would have never thought of before!
Shanrene avatar reviewed Mercy on + 20 more book reviews
Another heart-wrenching Picoult novel.


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