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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jodi Picoult has a gift of uncovering every angle of any given controversial subject. The character development in this story is so compelling that I forgot the issue of mercy killing. By the end I was talking out loud to some of characters.
I just finished this one and it took me a while. It was good, but not my favorite of hers. I don't know how I feel about the turn out. I'd be interested to hear some opinions, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read it yet.
This book was more about Cameron's affair than mercy killing, which was disappointing. What was even more disappointing was that Cameron was totally unlikable and that I couldn't grasp why he was having an affair in the first place. The notes that prefaced the chapters and the multiple Scottish references were cutesy and boring. You have practically no background information on the characters of Jamie and Maggie. This book basically feels pieced together, with little emphasis on the 'moral controversy' that Picoult usually tackles so well....
I think this book is so much more than the description from the cover. This is my favorite of Picoult's books. I loved the characters and all their imperfections, ethnic and personal quirks. I loved that the Hero of the love story in the book is so imperfect and, yet, a good man. I loved that the small town was involved in this trial and, yet, not mean and small minded about the situations that brought them all there. There is beautifully written passion, pain, sorrow; and the pain we feel for our parents, children and spouses. I could smell the fall leaves and see the colors. I could feel the pinch of snow falling on my face. I have bought a first edition copy of this book for my keeper shelf.
I liked the part about the Husband and the Wife, the Trial part bored the hell out of me. Although it was a really good idea, it just didn't seem to flow together, she also seemed to feel that way as she really cut large parts of the trail out (compaired to her other books that is) I really had troule reading this WHOLE book I really just wanted to pull out the parts about the trial and read the other story it was maybe three stories in one, definatly two, I say three because o the /random letters in the book that I hoped would be explained better towards the end.
Out of the three books now I have read of hers, this has been the worst.
I am not sure I would recomend it (sorry :( ) it seemed rushed on her part and very unlike her others.
I might of missed something though I am not sure.
In addition to enjoying Jodi Picoult's writing, I was drawn to this book based on it's subject matter - assisted suicide. It's a very controversial topic, and I believed Picoult would explore it in a way that would have the reader thinking about both sides of the issue. I think some of it was lost, however, on a secondary plot that took up too much of the story. I don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling it for anyone that hasn't read it yet, but it was very clear that there were two separate plots - and I think the one NOT about assisted suicide dominated the book and for me, just seemed a little out of place.
Overall, it was a good book. It started off a little slow for me with the secondary plot being the focus, and not interesting me that much, but I flew through the second half of the book.
My mother and I agree that of all the Picoult titles we've read, this one was the least credible. None of the characters rang true, although the subject matter is timely and intriguing. For sheer lyrical beauty and depth of character, I'd recommend Picoult's The Pact or Plain Truth above this title. Nevertheless, many will love this book, and it's certainly a better book than most mass-market fiction.
This is another one that I didn't initially like all that much. Not that it's bad, but when I first read it, I didn't enjoy it as much as her others and now I think it is closer to the first book that she wrote - the kind that grows on you after reading it several times.
Mostly, I have a hard time identifying with any of the characters - it's mostly about these three couples, albeit only five people. It's mostly about love - and I still don't identify with any of them, which is probably why I initially have never cared as much for this one.
I think that the main similarity between this and her first, is that they deal with adultery and the original couple end up back together, despite this mythical romance that she built up for the other couples. I guess that is why these books just don't seem right to me. Maybe she has a more real-world view of adultery than I do, but still...
On another note, this book sets up the way the majority of her other novels go - a type of journal sporadic throughout (with it initially unclear as to who the speaker is), followed by the drama of a court case.
This book was probably my least favorite Jodi Picoult book that I've read to-date. The trial portion was not fleshed out realistically, and most of the characters were one-dimensional and uninteresting. I didn't really become interested in the book until I was about 150 pages in. Not the worst read in the world, but it is certainly lacking in depth and the substance that Picoult is usually known for.
As far as the actual writing itself goes, well done as usual. However, despite being drawn into the story, I really, really disliked two of the primary characters. In a story with only a few, that makes it difficult to enjoy. I found Cam to be ridiculously selfish and Mia to simply be unbelievable. The only character that I really liked and cared about very much was Jamie. I finished this feeling very unsatisfied.
This is a great book. Like all of Picoult's books, it leaves you asking questions of yourself that you never thought you would. I was left feeling anger towards Maggie; I just felt that she was the one that was ultimately the most selfish of the cast of characters. Of course, I didn't think Jamie was the sharpest knife in the drawer either, so there ya go...
Good book. It did take me a while to read it, but I took time out to think about some parts of it before moving on.
This was my first Jodi Picoult book I read cover to cover. I had tried to read "My Sister's Keeper" a few years ago but wasn't motivated. Despite my initial judgement of the book after finding out there was more to the plot than the back cover shared, I still felt encouraged to complete the book. I will mention, I am one of those readers that sometimes needs to cheat to the end to see if the hours and hours of reading will be worth it (boy was I proud I did that with Wally Lamb's The Hour I First Believed). Anyhow, despite my sensitivity toward some of the subject matter in Mercy, I hesistated to post the book because something about it made me want to keep it on my own shelf. Perhaps thats a shared thought with other Picoult readers.
The premiss of the book is about a man Jamie, who comes to a Massachusetts town Wheelock in search of his police chief cousin Cam, after he admits to killing his wife. In the same nature as Bohjalian, Picoult interweaves this novel with a rich context of history about the given subject matter. In this case, its a Scottish clan MacDonald. As expected a trial is faced and other events occur with main characters Cam and his wife Allie. As stated previously, I believe when going into a Picoult book, the reader must prepare themselves for a "deep read" despite the back cover proclaiming something less so.
I would recommend this older Piccoult novel and also wish to discuss it with others. In my opinion, some books are best appreciated when later analyzed. Sometimes that provides a new found peace with a difficult subject matter.
love her books, always makes you think. this deals w/the trial of a man who killed his terminally ill wife and the relationship between the sheriff who arrested him and his wife. looks at what people will sacrifice for someone they love
First I must say I like Jodi Picoult, but this (in my humble opinion) was not one of her best. I found the pace way to slow for my liking and a lot of extra info that (to me) just did not belong in this book. Without giving too much of the plot away (I never like to add spoilers). I found one particular character to be a complete "jerk" another to be a fool.
With that said, the synopsis is what drew me in. But I found that (what I thought) would be the main storyline, the murder of a terminally ill woman by her devoted loving husband, appeared to be more of the back story. Also, I just did not "get" the relevance of the Celtic family "flashbacks?".
Maybe one day I may re-read and enjoy more. This will NOT discourage me from reading more from Ms. Picoult, she is a talented writer, this one just did not do it for me.
I just read the other reviews and have to agree with them. I too did not feel like this book was a true Jodi Picoult book. This book was boring and I couldn't for the life of me connect to with the characters. I felt really let down and literally had to force myself to read. Generally, when I read Picoult you have to force me to put the book down. Very disappointed!
I love Jodi Picoult's books although this one started out a little slow and...was rather long for the story she was telling (in my opinion). She still writes very well and it's easy to read with the normal twists she is famous for.
I have read almost every Jodi Picoult book and loved them all. Figured I would pick up the last few I haven't gotten around to. Really wish I would have read the reviews for this one. What a disappointment! If this was one of your first, though, don't stop reading her novels. This was just a fluke!!
Like many of the reviews before me, I was not impressed with this novel. It took me forever to read this book unlike many of her others that I have read in a day or two. As with her other books Jodi Picoult takes a subject and tries to show two sides. This book was different though in that it included another side plot, that was actually what I consider the main plot, with a different married couple and the question of "How much do you love your spouse?"
Bottom Line: There are so many good Jodi Picoult books out there that are much better written than this one. Don't waste the time on "Mercy", but do check out some of her other books.
I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan, & I was interested by the concept of this storyline, the Mercy killing. She does not do it justice. The story goes on a tangent about the police chiefs affair, & doesnt spend enough time exploring the main topic. A disappointment for me, as I have really liked her other books. My sister's Keeper is one of the best books I ever read, & I loved Keeping Faith. Those are my recommendations. Pass this one by.
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!
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.
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.
All of Jodi Picoult's books are very easy to read, and hard to put down. This one, however, is not my favorite. A good story, you really get into the characters as in all her books, but this isn't one of my favorites. I suggest you read it and see if I'm wrong!
if you are looking for a book that is a love story and supence and one that will keep you spell bound then this is the book. mercy is all of thosr combined into one. ireally enjoyed this book and i know the next person to get this book will be also.
Cameron McDonald is the police chief in a small Massachusetts town established by a group of Scottish immigrants. Cameron is also the Laird, or clan leader, for the majority of the people in the town as well. Its a role that hes taken on under duress because his dream is to travel and see the world.
Then, two people come into town and drive a wedge into his marriage with Allie and cause upheaval in the small town.
A woman named Mia comes to town and Allie hires her to help her in her flower shop. Mia is a bit of vagabond and has travelled extensively and never really settled down.
Camerons cousin, Jamie, comes to town and confesses to killing his terminally ill wife because thats what she wanted. Cameron has to lead the prosecution, but his wife sides with his cousin.
This is one of Picoults first books but it still has the moral and ethical dilemmas that cause you to think hard about life. In this story, the focus is love and how love that is out of balance causes in-balances in relationships
Didn't love it, didn't hate it.
I've only read one other Picoult and it was so much better as far as twists that I never saw coming. I really liked the ending of this one, but there were a few loose ends and I think it went on for too long. Good one to read and pass along.
Not as spellbinding as Picoults other reads. This was slightly slow story to follow and a dissapoining ending. Seemed not to flow as well as other stories from this author. Characters were flat and unbelieveable.
Picoult's reputation is for writing about current controversial topics. It was pretty evident that she wanted to write a novel that explores interpersonal relationships but would feared that it would stray too far from what her readers would expect of her. She lured us with the topic of mercy killing, but hooked me on the story of Cameron's sordid affair with Mia and how Allie found herself through the ordeal.
Picoult was brilliant in making the end of part 2 as the prologue. It was easy to read about Cameron's betrayal knowing what surprised he and in store. However, Picoult exposed how pathetic women truly can be when they are in-love, so the end is disappointing.
How much do you love your significant other? Would you kill them if they asked you to? If they were dying of something terminal slowly and painfully could you do it? Could you face the aftermath? These are the real questions that Mercy brings up. You follow the stories of Jamie and his Wife Maggie who he has killed. And than Cam and Allie the Police Chief and his wife.
There are a lot of complex emotions in this book and Jodi Picoult manages to roll them out for you in a well woven tapestry of happiness and sadness all rolled into one. It makes you question what would you do if you were in Jamie's situation. And not only that it makes you question what you believe with Cam, when Mia comes to town.
I can honestly say I wanted to slap Cam a few times but I suppose that it is my point of view as a woman. And I am still unsure if I would be able to do what Jamie did for his dear wife Maggie. To love someone so much you would kill them to stop their pain. That is an awesome and un-defining kind of love. But within the story we also see how Jamie begins to change, on how his perception of what he did and what he believes he want changes. There just really are no words to accurately describe how haunting and good this book is. I recommend you read it, and keep some tissues close.
It seemed like this book had two stories in the same book that really didn't have any connection. The one story line concerned the mercy killing of a terminally ill woman by her devoted husband. The other story, takes place in the same town, and concerns the cousin of the husband. That's where the connection ends for most of the book. The cousin, who happens to be the police chief, is having an affair. This story line is the prominent story for most of the book. The mercy killing story line is in the background. It wasn't until almost the end of the book when both men figure out they have lost their wives, that the story comes together. This was not my favorite Jodi Picoult novel, but it wasn't my least favorite either. I will continue to read her books.
A big fan of Jodi PIcoult already, this book didnt disappoint. Really felt for the characters involved and cared what happened to them. I finished this book a little broken hearted but thats why Picoult is such an excellent writer - she totally sucks you into the story.
Police Chief of a small Massachusetts town, Cameron Mc'Donald makes the toughest arrest of his life when his own cousin Jamie comes to him and confesses that he has killed his terminally ill wife out of mercy...
Very good book....
I loved this book. I can't get the characters out of my head. I was so angry at Cameron and Mia for their affair and I was angry at Allie for not having a backbone at times. A good read, although it was not Picoult's best work.
For me this book started off really slow and to be honest I had a hard time getting into it. But I know the author is very gifted and so I pushed on and was glad that I did. By far not as good as "My Sister's Keeper" but definitely do not regret the decision to stick with it.
Worth a read.
This book was Very Good. This book is the turning point in her writing. I have read many of Picoults later books and loved them. I am now in the process of reading her earlier works. I have not been very impressed with her earlier books. I can say they have been getting better as I progress along.
Mercy was a very catching and frustrating book. It deals with very sensitive topics for some.
If you want to read her books in order:
Songs of the Humpback Whale
Harvesting the Heart
My Sisters Keeper
The Tenth Circle
Change of Hearts
Handle with Care
Sing You Home
I love the plots twists and turns of Jodi Picoult's books, but this one just didn't set well with me.
Too many sexual references- I admit, I read about one fourth, and then read the last chapter to see how it ends.
EXCELLENT STORY OF A MAN WHO KILLED HIS WIFE AT HER REQUEST BECAUSE SHE WAS DYING OF CANCER. IT TAKES YOU THROUGH A SIDE STORY OF THE TOWN'S SHERIFF AND THROUGH THE TRIAL. VERY WELL WRITTEN. A STORY THAT COULD AND PROBABLY HAS HAPPENED TODAY.
Another good story with good characters and some intrigue that keeps you guessing, although always hoping that it will turn out O.K. The idea of a Scottish Chief in the US is a little far fetched, although there are in fact a few, but not MacDonalds. Still it does not spoil the story.
I hated this book. I hated it so bad that it was the third and last book of Picoult's that I ever read or ever will read. I really enjoyed the other two (Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper). Something about Mercy really, really turned me off.
This book is not as well written as the author other books, including My Sisters Keeper. I had to push myself to finish the entire book. Not very interesting at all. I would recommend the authors other novels over this one.