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Without Mercy

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From the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Malice, Lost Souls," and "Shiver" comes a riveting thriller--her most intense to date--that goes behind the doors of an exclusive academy where members of the student body are disappearing, one by one.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published 2010)
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T. Edmund
Without Mercy is little more than a mish mash of contrivance and cliché. I’m not sure premises get much worse than two ex-lovers both posing as teachers at a ‘boot-camp’ style private school to investigate the disappearance of one of the students. Nevermind how a rodeo-rider come private-investigator successfully fakes being an experienced teacher – or how the two new-comers were completely looked past as suspects despite arriving around the same time as the disappearance (and later murders). Th...more
Ruth Turner
I didn't like this.

Shay's a troubled teen sent to a remote school, the Blue Rock Academy, under judges orders.
To me she's a spoilt brat and just couldn't like her character.

Jules, Shay's sister, discovers that one student from the school has recently gone missing and one teacher's been "let go". On this premise she decides that there must be something wrong at school and that she must therefore rescue her poor baby sister. The repetition of the poor baby sister and the comments about the schoo...more
This is the first book I've read by Lisa Jackson; after reading Without Mercy, I look forward to her other books. This story caught my attention because it takes place in the mountains of Southern Oregon and the author refers to places I'm familiar with (Rogue River, Medford, Roseburg, Portland, Siskiyou Mountains) although the location and details of the story are fictional. Shay, a rebellious teenager, is sent to Blue Rock Academy by the court and her mother, as a last resort to keeping her ou...more
Seventeen year old Shaylee Stillman is a hellion, and a judge has laid down the law. She must enroll in a school for troubled teens, or it's jailtime. There's something about the Blue Rock Academy that doesn't sit right with her older half sister Jules, who decides to take a teaching job there as a sort of amateur investigator, just to be sure little sis will be okay. Unbenownst to Jules, her former boyfriend Cooper, the love of her life whom she just can't forget, also works there, hired by the...more
Purple Iris
cheesy line: "Nona Vickers realized that she'd lost more than her virginity this night; she'd also given up her life." (p. 145). Eye roll, please.

I am trying to just enjoy this as a light, relaxing read, but these lines are killing me: "The howl of the wind, as forbidding as Satan's laugh, shrieked through the canyon before licking the icy edges of Lake Superstition..." What the hell?

Jackson describes in detail how one of the characters heats up coffee from the day before in the microwave and...more
Wendy Hines
Blue Rock Academy prides itself on its beliefs, reaching out with God to help the wayward teens turn their lives around, but someone is twisting those beliefs for his own sinister purpose.

Julia "Jules" Farentino doesn't trust the school that her half-sister Shaylee has been sent to. Blue Rock Academy is well known for helping troubled teenagers, and Shaylee had the choice of the school or juvenile detention. She thought she chose the better of the two options, but Jules disagrees. A teenager re...more
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Azeila Rose
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How this book has as high of a rating as it does is beyond me. I was so disappointed at the end. It felt like I'd wasted time on a wonderful story that was going to connect everything together, but instead it was clear that Jackson wasn't even sure where she was going with the ending. She sloppily tried to throw everything together in the last thirty or so pages, and it just didn't work.

Jules was overly skeptical of a school with no real good reason. It was described that s...more
I thought this was just okay. It’s hard to like Shaylee, who is really a little brat at the beginning, and therefore it’s a little difficult to understand why Jules would go to the lengths she does, and why she’s so quick to suspect the school of wrongdoing. One missing student doesn’t really seem to be enough. Not to mention how quickly she gets hired as a teacher at such a specialty school, with a seemingly minimal background check and no experience with troubled kids. Not to mention the cowbo...more
Pretty good for the genre of romantic mystery thriller. The story is tightly written with plenty of plot twists, tension, atmosphere and readability.
Jules little sister Shaylee is being sent to a school for troubled teens. The school is located in the mountains of Oregon, very isolated, and even though all the literature looks great Jules is suspicious that all is not as ideal as it seems. She decides to investigate this school and get her sister out. This leads her to take a teaching position...more
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I know, I know, the whole premise sounds so dramatic, but that is just what comes from reading a thriller like “Without Mercy.” Is it all that it’s cracked up to be? Well, it certainly is as hair-raising as described. You’d think you stuck your finger into a socket at the end of reading this. If it isn’t the gruesome killings and fear of more killings, than there is also the characters themselves that can keep a reader tense.

As a correctional academy, the kids attending are obviously troubled in...more
Jules Farentino’s half sister, Shay is such a trouble maker. Unfortunately, Shay has used up all of her chances. Their mother sends Shay to Blue Rock Academy. A school for troubled teens. Jules has a bad feeling about Blue Rock Academy. Jules’s mother tells Jules there is nothing to worry about. Yeah then why has Lauren Conway, a student at Blue Rock Academy been missing for six months and no one knows of her whereabouts? Jules must find a way to get Shay out of Blue Rock Academy before she beco...more
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This was my first book by Lisa Jackson. It started out pretty good and then it just sort of fizzled a bit in the middle. I felt it was waaaaaay too long, over 500 pages of redundancy. So it was okay. The whole ending was a bit disappointing and the mystery just wasn't that great. The person they revealed as the "Leader" at the end just left me with a "meh" feeling and the reasoning behind all the mayhem was just so so. The ending left me feeling like...What the what! That's it?! I didn't feel li...more
Lori Henrich
I really enjoyed this. It kept my attention until the very end. The ending made me wonder if there was going to be a sequel to this.

Shay is sent to a private school for troubled kids in Oregon. She isn't happy about it and begs her half sister Jules to get her out of going. Jules tries to talk their mother out of sending her there, but it is an order from a judge so she doesn't really have much choice in the matter. Jules feels that there is something off at this school especially since one of...more
I could NOT finish this book, and I very, very rarely give up on a book but this one irritated me from the very beginning. I couldn't take anymore of Jules' "poor baby sister Shay". I was yelling at the book... its #!@#!! court ordered to go to the damn school... I guess juvy would have been a better choice?!?! Jules was not a character I could like or respect and that just did it in. Cooper wasn't much better. I struggled to even make it close to halfway. This is one of only 2 books I have ever...more
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Two words: Loved it! Jules is fantastic. All she cares about is keeping her sister safe, despite Shay being a brat most of the time. Trent is delicious. The main focus of the story is the mystery, the secrets in this school and let me tell you, what a ride Without Mercy is! I was up until three am reading this, I could not put it down. The story progresses and theory’s of truth come together in an shocking explosion. Then I go...more
She kept me guessing right to the end which I liked. Just when I was getting disappointed because the answer was rather mundane, she turned the tables and I was reminded of the one mystery that remained unsolved. Excellent piece!

The one thing I rolled my eyes at was that at the beginning the main character's former boyfriend, who is, of course, her one twue wuv (gag) happens to be working at the same school for troubled kids that her sister gets shunted off to. Really? *sigh* Couldn't we have go...more
Susan Conboy
I should have listened...no mercy for this poor reader! Actually, no mercy for this listener...heard it on cd. And not very well done, at that.
...Irritating ignorant Jules...bratty, entitled little sister. This tired tome starts with a murder....ends with murders...and frankly, there was such a paucity of character development that I just didn't care...and too many inconsistencies to make it believable...no background checks on the new teachers, but dossiers on everyone else? The bad kids just...more
Daniel Rudge
My first foray into the Lisa Jackson suspense world was a good but not great experience. While the plot was very good, the story got bogged down in several places. I understand the need to try and create the mood, but it didn't quite make it to creepy and thus I think this book would have been better if it was a little shorter and more tightly written. As stories go, this one was about a young girl, Shay Stillman, being sent off to a remote academy for wayward youth under court order. Her sister...more
I was so surprised that this book was so good! I had my mind made up after I started to read "You don't want to know" by Mrs. Lisa Jackson that I just didn't like her books. But this one has got me hooked!!

-First off I like the POV characters through out the story, they give just enough to let you know what is happening but stop and go to another persons side.
- Two the story was not only fun, fast-paced, and a thrilling (on your toes the whole time, biting your nails, screaming NO DON'T...more
I kept wanting to just get to the end of this book. The book was chaotic, with too many characters and not a lot of clarity. There were also some pockets of really bad writing with too many exclamation points. I've enjoyed Lisa Jackson books before, but would skip this one.
Ron Hummer
When you read the reviews of this book, you find Without Mercy is a book that is a murder mystery blending romance and a religious conspiracy. If that is what would attract you to read this, then I would say that you may find that the book may be lacking the romance and religious conspiracy that you would expect from this review.
As far as the murder mystery part of this book goes, yes, there are murders being committed at Blue Rock Academy. A student has gone missing as well and it only adds...more
This book was OK..it really didn't pop but it did keep me entertained. I would probably give this author another try.
Really liked it. Fast paced, intriguing, interesting, and kept you turning pages. The ending completely surprised me. I had no idea that was coming. It was a little more descriptive than I like with the violence, but wasn't awful. There was a little bit of swearing, that I thought would not be included, because at the beginning of the book, when she could have used the cuss words, she didn't, so I thought I was home free. But then, toward the middle/end, she threw in far more than I like to see....more
Julia Farentino, a divorced and out of work teacher, is too late to say goodbye to her half sister Shaylee, who is leaving Seattle to attend a private academy in southern Oregon. Shay has had many problems since finding her step-father, Rip Delaney, murdered in the family home.

Note: Edie, mother of the girls, divorced Julia's father, Rip Delaney and married Max Stillman which produced Shaylee. Max and Edie divorced, Max remarried and he and his wife had another child, Max Jr., Edie remarried Rip...more
E Wilson
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A decent thriller suspense novel which I enjoyed more than I expected to since I picked it up almost blindly at an airport to have something to read on my flight. While there were the usual plot devices and cliches, the story didn't generally drag despite it's 525 pages. The exception was towards the last third of the book when I was just ready to find out who done it. To the author's credit, she managed to surprise me with who the culprits were, even when I knew a plot twist was coming. As far...more
When I started reading this book, I was pretty sure (okay, I was annoyed at the book because I was certain I knew) who the killer was; you will probably make the same assumptions I did. You would be completely wrong.

The final twist in this was spectacular! It almost made up for how frustrating it was to get through the rest of the book. There was a slow moving plot that gave hints to the ending I assumed and very few to the actual conclusion. In retrospect, if I read it a second to I might be a...more
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Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush, grew up in a small timber town in Oregon. She attended Oregon State University and later worked in the banking industry.
In 1983, Jackson's first novel, A Twist of Fate, was published by Silhouette Books. Currently, Jackson writes contemporary romantic suspense novels for Kensington Books and medieval romantic suspense novels for Onyx Books. Her books regul...more
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