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Ellen Reader, October 24, 2009 (view all comments by Ellen Reader)
I was up all night reading Jodi Picault's immensely compelling novel, MERCY, which deals with multiple relationship issues, including that of women -- and some men -- who value themselves so little that they immerse themselves entirely in the lives, needs and desires of those they love, and in the process step over established moral boundaries to their own detriment.

Allie, exceedingly devoted wife of Cameron MacDonald, the local police chief who also happens to be laird of a Scottish clan transplanted to rural Massachusetts, is on hand when Jamie MacDonald, a distant cousin of Cameron's, arrives in town with his adored and terminally ill wife Maggie, whom he admits killing at her request. Cameron, unhappily held in place by clan expectations and inherited responsibilities, does not offer the traditional protection Jamie has come seeking from his laird, but relents enough to hire -- anonymously -- a young, untried lawyer to defend Jamie.

The lawyer draws Allie into the preliminary investigation, and she discovers enough strength and capability that when Cameron's affair with Allie's florist shop assistant Mia Townsend comes to light, she is able to take action. At one point Allie calmly moves all Cameron's belongings into the yard -- his uniforms, boots and underwear, his favorite chair and ancient Scottish clan paraphernalia -- and sells the lot to the neighbors.

The story is stitched together with information about the language of flowers, dowsing, and old Scottish lore in such a way that the personalities and interrelationships of dead Maggie and her husband Jamie, the defense attorney, Cameron and Allie, Mia, Cameron's new-age mother Ellen, and his aged MacDonald great-uncle Angus, who sees things, are brought together -- in and out of the courtroom -- in a deep and thoughtful exploration of "love," "loyalty," "belonging," and "mercy."


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brook Kelly, December 23, 2007 (view all comments by brook Kelly)
I have been reading Jodi Picoult for a while now, and have always enjoyed her novels, until this one. This book focused a lot on Cam's adultery, which was annoying in and of itself. Interspersed here and there was content dealing with Jamie and Maggie and what the book was supposed to be about. I was disappointed by what a predictable turn this book ended up taking. I had to force myself to finish the story, and even then, I skimmed the last 80 pages or so. I'd recommend reading Tino Georgiou's novel--The Fates--instead, if you haven't yet!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743422444
Author:
Picoult, Jodi
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Author:
Jodi Picoult
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Euthanasia
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Police chiefs
Subject:
White collar crimes
Subject:
Fiction : Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Fiction : Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Subject:
family drama; women s fiction; lifetime movies; my sister s keeper; cameron diaz; abigail breslin; wolf research; the storyteller; school violence; cancer; child abuse; divorce; book club; new hampshire; beach read; chick lit; new england; princeton; hear
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
106-996
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.31x5.31x1.12 in. .82 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743422444 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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 prosecution in their case against Jamie, is suddenly at odds with his devoted wife, Allie — seduced by the idea of a man so in love with his wife that he'd grant all her wishes, even her wish to end her life. And when an inexplicable attraction leads to a shocking betrayal, Allie faces the hardest questions of the heart: when does love cross the line of moral obligation? And what does it mean to truly love another?

Praised for her "personal, detail-rich style" (Glamour), Jodi Picoult infuses this page-turning novel with heart, warmth, and startling candor, taking readers on an unforgettable emotional journey.

"Synopsis" by , 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 prosecution in their case against Jamie, is suddenly at odds with his devoted wife, Allie — seduced by the idea of a man so in love with his wife that he'd grant all her wishes, even her wish to end her life. And when an inexplicable attraction leads to a shocking betrayal, Allie faces the hardest questions of the heart: when does love cross the line of moral obligation? And what does it mean to truly love another?

Praised for her "personal, detail-rich style" (Glamour), Jodi Picoult infuses this page-turning novel with heart, warmth, and startling candor, taking readers on an unforgettable emotional journey.

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