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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  34,762 ratings  ·  2,174 reviews
Traditional Chinese of Jodi Picoult's long standing bestseller Mercy. In Traditional Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Hardcover, Large Print, 673 pages
Published November 16th 2011 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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DNF 64%

I would’ve put Mercy down sooner, but I was at my grandmother’s for a couple days with nothing but this book, and I didn’t have anything else to read. Now that I’m home again, I don’t have to put up with this anymore. I can’t read another word of this book. I do not want to read in detail about how some asshole cheats on his wife and doesn’t even feel sorry.

Cameron MacDonald should get the award for Worst Husband Ever. He has been married to his Allie for five years, but he doesn’t apprec
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Petra X
If there had been half-stars, this book would have ratedd 2.5. It was better than ok, but I didn't really like it. I had read four or five Jodi Picoult novels and found, from the first high of My Sister's Keeper it to be a slow, downhill road and this book doesn't break that path.

The first half, which took me three days to read, established the characters, none of whom I liked.

There is the adulterous husband who feels guilty about never passing up an opportunity to screw his wife's strange emp
I was not really a fan of this book. It could be so much better, IMO. The flashbacks to Scotland were strange and I found it dragged quite a bit. Certainly nowhere near my favourite of Picoult.
I could not put this book down- Jodi's writing is so deep and captivating that I found profound thoughts and insights on nearly every page. The story itself was ok, but what I liked about the book the most was how psychological it was- the insights and emotions of the characters, and how you could literally see through their eyes and understand their circumstances... thanks to Jodi. She's so poetic and uses the most amazing imagery to describe how someone is feeling, or what they are thinking.

I believe I read this book under false pretense. I thought the plot was dealing with the issue of euthanasia.In truth, that issue took a back seat to the shenanigans of the weak,ineffectual,selfish,hormone driven sheriff. Cameron Mac Donald is not only the sheriff of Wheelock, Massachusetts, he is also the laird of the clan that makes up a good deal of the population.
Married to Allie,who literally paves the way for him through married life, has an affair with of all people, his wife's assistan
Jodi Picoult is probably one of my favorite authors, excluding Jane Austen, of course. I love the way her books grab a hold of you and don’t let you go until the very end. But probably my favorite thing is that she tackles tough moral issues in her novels.

Throughout the novel, I got the distinct suspicion that I had already read Mercy but never finished it. Maybe that was a sign of things to come.

I liked the story in Mercy and there certainly where some parts when Picoult grabbed at my heartstri
So so so disappointed with this book. The book wasn't really about mercy/euthanasia, that was merely a periphery subplot. The book was mostly about Cam, the selfish & immature police chief. I really disliked Cam's character...but I kept reading...waiting for the "mercy" plot line. The "mercy" plot did not surface until almost the end of the book. Maybe Picoult didn't have enough substance to write a whole book about euthanasia, so she wrote a random book about Cam with the euthanasia subplot ...more
Having read quite a few Picoult books, I would absolutely label myself a fan of her work. But this book just didn't do it for me. There were two main story lines: one involving an affair between two characters, and one involving a man who kills his wife because she is dying of a terminal illness. The latter plot is the more compelling one, but unfortunately it is the former one that takes over the majority of the novel. There are constant allusions to the fact that the characters know each other ...more
Absolutely HATED this book! I usually find a few things I like about a story and highlight them for a review but this one has nothing for me to recommend, at all. Truly. I hated the characters, the style of writing, and the storyline-that-never-was. This is supposed to be a book about assistated suicide but 99% of it seemed to be about arranging flowers and a sickening adulterous affair between a husband and his wife's co-worker/stranger-who-has-no-allegiance-to-her-friend-or-sense-of-decency-or ...more
When I began reading Mercy I had every intention of ripping Picoult's characters to shreds in this review. I just couldn't wrap my head around any of them, from Allie's self-esteem issues and emotional dependance on her husband to Cam's lack of concern for the woman he claimed to love and ego. And we mustn't forget the alduterous Mia who finds no qualms in going to work for a woman who opened up her home to her and then sleeping with that same woman's husband that night. While at one point or an ...more
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Apr 18, 2009 Melissa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Ethics Professor
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Sooraj Subramaniam
My introduction to Picoult - I wasn't disappointed (yes, the validation of traditional mid-afternoon-cup-of-tea-after-picking-the-kids-up-from-school values work for me) but I was bored.

The beginning was slow and annoyingly drawn out. I wanted to slap all the characters, especially Allie for being such a goody-two-shoes non-adventurous little house-frau. The middle of the book wasn't any more riveting, but the Cam-Mia affair was actually hot and sweet. The most interesting part, however, was th
This book should've been called "Selfish," or "I'm a horribly insensitive person," or, well, you get the idea. I generally enjoy the formulaic writing style of Jodi Picoult. She takes an ethical dilemma, throws in a court case and sympathetic, complicated characters, and that's the story.

In "Mercy," the ethical issue should have been euthanasia. Jamie MacDonald kills his wife, who is painfully suffering from terminal cancer, because she asks him to do so. Instead, Picoult spends most of her tim
There are two main interesting things that happen in this story – murder, and adultery.

I’m gonna talk about the murder trial first – JP is doing her thing here. You know, how she brings up a social issue and makes us think about it… The issue of the day in this one is – assisted suicide. If a loved one wanted to kill him/herself and asked you for help, would you do it? The general answer would be of course not. What if the loved one was at the end stages of a terminal illness and was in extreme
Jul 27, 2007 Maura rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those looking for a mindless read
I only read it a few weeks ago and can't really remember anything of the story. Didn't make much of an impression at all, but was good at distracting me from the fact that I was a passenger of an eight hour drive.
I'm on the same boat as ALOT of reviewers on this one: I adore JP's writing and the way she unfolds the story, but this particular story won't be on my Favorites list.

I was very interested in the Maggie/Jamie storyline and kept the pages turning to see what the outcome of the trial would be.

I found myself a little distracted by Uncle Angus and his deal with his flashbacks and such...

I know these women exist, but I was a little annoyed by Allie's naivety and complete devotion to Cam, and unques
Susan E
Another volume in my Picoult obsession... I'm starting to see the formula: ripped-from-the-headlines story; three or four characters presenting their point of view; a trial. Even knowing sort of what to expect, I still get caught up in the narratives.

I think I had the most visceral response to this book out of five or so others I have now read... I felt for the wife of the police and clan chief, who loved her husband more than he did. But also for her husband, who was so caught up in his attract
Jodi Picoult has always been one of my more favorite writers because she often picks controversial topics as the basis of her books. This book is another good example of that. It deals with the arrest and trial of a loving husband as a result of killing his terminally ill wife at her request. Both mercy and forgiveness are major themes throughout the book. Of interest also is the contrast in male characters between the husband who is on trial because he put his wife's needs and wishes first with ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Julia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diehard Picoult fans
I don't know if I've started to outgrow Jodi Picoult books, or whether the most recent books I've read by her just haven't been as good as some of her best ones. I really loved a few of her slightly older books (My Sister's Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Perfect Match), but I haven't been a big fan of her oldest books (Songs of the Humpback Whale) or her newest ones (House Rules, Lone Wolf). I really wasn't a big fan of Mercy, and here's why.

I couldn't really get into the Big Issue of this book. Jodi
Ugh, this book. Ugh. I knew from the moment I picked it up I knew I was going to regret reading it. Jodi Picoult has great ideas, but her execution always leaves me wanting. She also never seems to know how to end her stories. It's like she gets bored with writing and just wants to finish the novel.

The characters droves me nuts. Cam is a jerk, Mia is a jerk and Allie needs to grow a backbone. The only character I liked at all was Ellen, and she didn't have nearly enough to do in the novel. I lik
William Land
Normally, Jodi Picoult's novels grab me like a house on fire. I care about her characters, the moral decisions and challenges they face, and the consequences of their actions.

However, I couldn't stand Cam. He was selfish, self-centered, controlling, bitter, and, generally, without kindness. An exception was when he provided funding for Jamie's lawyer.

Cam was also unnecessary cruel to his wife, Allie. In turn, though, she enabled his behavior until she discovered his affair. She stood up to him a
The small town of Wheelock, Massachusetts is thrown for a loop when Jamie MacDonald, cousin of local police officer chief Cameron MacDonald, commits a mercy killing - the victim being his own wife. His wife, Maggie, had been suffering from various afflictions of cancer and one night asked him to take her life. He complied and smothered her with a pillow, then drove to Wheelock and confessed his crime. Cameron MacDonald then arrested his own cousin and brought him into custody where charges of mu ...more
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel for the lack of pretension, genuine character development, and ability to incorporate tough issues without preaching. Instead of being annoyed with the fact that the book moved slowly, I felt like an I had been granted an audience within the family. I enjoyed the ethnic touches so lacking in most American pieces today.
This might be the first book I've read where an affair has proved beneficial to the plot. I do think that the words love and passion were
Jennifer Paytas
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Karen Cockerill
Reading this book was a God-incendence for me as the moral dilema faced in the booked has helped me relook my views on death, dying and someone's wish to want to die when life hands them a nasty curve. I felt that the different perspectives on death helped me to broaden my own point of view. I also liked the snippets on the more eccentric 'brews'. Althouh i didn't like the twist In Cam's life I felt that it fitted into the storyline and I sure many people will related to Cam, Allie and Mia's per ...more
I started this book three times before actually getting hooked and finishing it. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, but this is not my favorite book by her.
I felt sorry for Allie and what she was going through. She was so devoted and in love with Cam, but he didn't return the infatuation. Mia was annoying and selfish. Angus was awesome! Jamie had a broken heart and did what he was asked to do, even though it meant he could go to jail for the rest of his life.
Overall it's a good book, i
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her new novel, LEAVING TIME, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio.

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