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Paperback, 460 pages
Published December 2007 (first published 1996)
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SavageGrace
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
Dinjolina
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Michelle
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Jamie who confesses to killing his wife, his terminally ill wife. I knew before I picked this one up that I was going to really enjoy this one as this is one of those topics that always has me sitting on the fence with indecision and as each chapter past – that’s exactly what happened.
Lauren
Jul 31, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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April
Jul 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julia
Jul 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diehard Picoult fans
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Petra X's driving in a Mustang GT to Key West
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
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Lisa
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Suzanne
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite earlier Picoult novels. This one covers mercy killing, which is such a controversial subject matter. But like any Picoult book, the supporting characters have their own plots going and boy do you get drawn into them. You think you are reading a book about mercy killings and then it becomes mercy killings, marriage, infidelity, forgiveness, etc. Picoult is a master at weaving in so many emotions and questions, leaving readers debating and thinking about the story long after put ...more
Melodie
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-adult
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
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Heather
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
BookNightOwl
I’m trying to think about what I liked about this book 📖......not very much of nothing. All the characters had issues. I couldn’t stand them. Allie I thought was ok but she was naive and dumb. Cam was a jerk and very selfish. Jamie I couldn’t even imagine what he was thinking or how he thought it was okay to do what he did. The story dealt with issues I never read about and gets you thinking 🤔what would you do for love 💗. 2 1/2 ⭐️ ⭐️
Holly
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessie
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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Milissa
Nov 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.? T ...more
Cc
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
11/6/20
I'm afraid I have to update. My tolerance and love for angst has grown a LOT during the last few years. So what bothered me then, well................now I love. My early reviews of cheating books need to be clarified. So, clarifying. We all change and stretch, get bored with the same ole same ole and then learn to appreciate good writing.


I can't take her books. I know she says they're not romance, they're chick lit, but whatever. I can never get over the feeling that Picoult hates her h
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Christina
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
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Ashley Daviau
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I had forgotten what an emotional punch Picoult's books had. The subject of euthanasia has always intrigued me and so I was totally drawn in by this story. I also really enjoyed the other plot lines and how everything worked out in the end. I'm always a sucker for happy endings! ...more
April
Feb 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Ethics Professor
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Alaina
I'm kinda all over the place after reading this book - so, I hope this review makes sense.

At first, I didn't like Cameron or Allie. Then after Allie realized her husband is lower than the scum of the earth because he was cheating on her with her assistant, I liked her. I loved her rage. Hell, I would've done even more damage.

Out of the whole MacDonald family, I disliked Cameron the most. Sorry NOT SORRY.
I liked Jamie even though he killed his wife. But he only did that because she asked him to
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Alexandria
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
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Rissa
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We follow the journey of a man who is begged by his wife to kill her. She is terminally ill and doesn’t want to live anymore.
I really like the idea of this because right off the bat he goes to the police station and tells them I killed my wife.
We follow them from when they are in high school up until a little bit after his wife dies… He kills her and dealing with the aftermath of that.

I have told my mom in like outbursts of pain and agony that I would like to be killed. And would she kill me sh
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Ayunda
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Mercy is a novel that rings Jodi Picoult: a novel about love, about death, about the grey area between what is right and what is wrong. It's set in a small town and starts when Cameron MacDonald, the town's chief police encountered his cousin, a man who claimed that he killed his wife out of mercy. The story revolves around the trial to prove whether the cousin deserves to die or be imprisoned for his love of his dying wife, and also between Cam and his wife Allie's relationship. It's a deep and ...more
Laura
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-star
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K.
Trigger warnings: cancer, death of a loved one, murder(??), grief, cheating oh my God so much cheating.

1.5 stars.

So here's the thing: I've heard SO many people raving about Jodi Picoult's books and how amazing they are. I read My Sister's Keeper last year and mostly just thought that it was emotionally manipulative.

So I figured I'd try another one. We were getting rid of this at work so I figured I may as well make it this one. And I'm really really torn, you guys. Because this was FUCKING TE
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Liz
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
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Michelle
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very thought-provoking novel that includes the severe topic of right and wrong, the act of killing someone to end their suffering, and the conspiracies and difficult questions that arise in such a situation.

Also included is a sub plot where one of the characters is tempted to commit an act of infidelity. Again, the difficult questions of what is morally right or wrong come into play here. Although with this subplot I admit that I have very strong opinions that tend to lean towards th
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Dem
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jamie
Nov 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What

On earth

Did I just waste my life reading?

Here is a word and some sound effects to summarise how I felt reading this: ew *cue hacking, vomit cough sounds*


While I was expecting this book to have some romance in it, due to Jamie killing his wife out of love (as it said in the blurb), I was not expecting it to be a romance novel. It was. Very much so. To the point where even my Mum was grossed out.

Now I understand that I was probably not part of the intended audience, being on the younger side o
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, A Spark of Light, Leaving Time, 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.

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