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Mercy Point

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  26 reviews
'TWISTY, SLIPPERY, AND FULL OF SURPRISES, THIS WEB OF LIES WILL ENSNARE YOU AND KEEP YOU RIVETED UNTIL YOU'VE TURNED THE FINAL PAGE.'- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Ink and Bone, on Only Daughter. In real life, they are enemies. Emma the know-it-all, Michael the bully, Fabian the coward, Tessie the weirdo and Sam the mystery. Online they are best friends ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 18th 2018 by HarperCollins
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what a PLOT
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
3.5 stars
Mercy Point is an unsteady tale, full of twists and shocks. It is a novel that works to reveal the hidden secrets and core identity of a group of teens living in the small Australian town.The combination of diverse characters, the slow reveal of deeply entrenched town secrets and a rich atmosphere dripping in suspicion makes Mercy Point a riveting young adult based thriller.

Mercy Point examines the existence of an online community that are the very
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Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC kindly provided by A&R in exchange for an honest review.

Mercy Point is a well written book that details areas of modern day that many people wouldn't normally consider. The issue of loneliness and growing up thinking one thing and then finding another is often one that is difficult to elaborate on, however Snoekstra described these issues with fluidity, and it helped continue the story a long. The other main area that it touches upon is social media. With the constant reminder in our wor
Sarria Butler
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Aug 08, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
thank you to the publisher and netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book!
i tried so hard to finish this but everything about it is infuriating, the writing seems aimed more at middle school kids than young adults and to me it seems like the author is writing how they think teenagers think/talk but is completely missing the mark. it’s also taking a really long time to get to any real mystery stuff. i think the storyline is probably interesting but unfortunately i couldn’t get past
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-tbr
Was expecting this to be a great little standalone and think it could have worked perfectly as one, I was super thrown by the ending and it left me feeling meh about the story. It’s a super quick read though so that’s a plus I guess.
Tadashi Hamada
UPDATE: After learning that there is actually a sequel to this (and a third book), I'm changing this rating to 3 stars just because I felt like it only being a first book to a trilogy justified how slow it was. I'm hopeful that the second and third books are better and less slow.


I won a copy from an Instagram giveaway held by the author, so... you can imagine how I kinda feel guilty for giving this a 2-star rating.

It was just... slow. And boring. But I guess that's due to the fact that I maybe
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: it-was-alright
My rating: 2.5/5 stars
ARC kindly provided by A&R in exchange for an honest review.
I have to start this review off by saying how eye-catching the cover is, despite the dark colours, the contrast is quite stark and I personally think it really matches the story, though I must say I’m not exactly too sure who or what it is on the cover :P
The world setting of the story was really odd because it was like 99.99% real-world drama, but the whole plot was based on sci-fi and fantasy mixed together,
Laura (thechronicbookworm)
Mercy Point was an amazing page-turner; the last hundred pages just flew by. I really hope there is going to be another book, as the ending finishes on a cliffhanger and I feel like there is more to explore with the story. Mercy Point dabbles in a few genres while mostly being a thriller, it could be considered sci-fi/fantasy. The writing was engaging and the story is told from the perspective of the four main characters; Tessie, Emma, Michael, and Fabian.

I grew to love the characters over
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
We bought this for our high school library as our students are really into mystery with secrets/lies thrown in at the moment and this looked like it met those criteria. And for the majority of the book it did. Five teens all find out they are adopted and go in search of the truth.
I found the TRUTH to be a laugh out loud / you've-gotta-be-kidding-me / fairly juvenile twist. If it was a Year 8 students writing I would edit the crap out of it and put words like "plausibility" and 'really?" all over
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mercy point is a great book, it’s full of action and its a friller. Emma finds out she was adopted and she then meets the message board who are people living in the area in the same situation. Online they feel like a family but when they meet they hate each other. They have to choose whether to meet up to solve their adoption or don't meet up again at all. I would recommend this book to all teenagers as the protagonist in this goes through what every teenager does but they find a way to solve it ...more
Mistress Bast
2 1/2 stars. Though if I had been in a better head space it probably would have been 3 stars or more.

The premise (5 teens that are pretty sure they have been adopted but can't being themselves to confront their parents for one reason or another get together to work out the mystery or where they come from) was an interesting one, though for some of the characters that was a harder sell than others.

Some of the characters were a bit 2 dimensional - but I did rather like the way 4 of the main 5 were
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into reading this with trepidation because I really didn't like the last book I read by this author, but wanted to give this one a go and I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed it. From reading the reviews on here it seems it is either loved or not. Well I for one am hoping there is a sequel to this because by the time we get to the end and find out what the secret is that these teenagers have been searching for, that their parents have found the need to keep tightly held between them ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. Admittedly I found it hard to get into at first, for no other reason than I didn't like Emma's POV to begin with. However as more POVs were introduced and as the plot developed I quickly became hooked. The book is heavily character driven and extremely well developed in that sense. It's written as a thriller and has one heck of a plot twist at the end, and though I'll admit I did predict the plot twist before it happened it was still super tense and engaging to read! ...more
David Linwood
On the one hand this book probably wasn't written for people like me and some readers might find it satisfactory. I won't be too harsh because certain parts (the beginning in particular) were well written and managed to keep me reading.

It's been a while since I was a teenager I confess but I can't imagine any teenagers acting the way the characters of this novel did. This feeling that the author was a little out of touch lingered and grew the longer I stayed with the book and the conclusion was
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the beginning of this book and I thought the character relationships were interesting, especially that there was variation in the main characters. But I just feel like the ending did not fit the main story. It’s was great until maybe the last 100 pages, but after that it was too far fetched considering it was a thriller. But overall I thought the writing was cohesive and the author expressed herself well, the character development really added to the story but I think to big plot twist c ...more
Kat Mullen
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A quick read and character driven. Mercy Point felt real in the sense that it felt like the setting was an authentic Aussie town. Thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but I was definitely invested in these character’s lives.
Garry Weatherburn
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It is so exciting - an absolute page turner. The teenage characters are all well-drawn, believable and you feel empathy for them. I also found the plot to be intriguing and original.
Charlie Nancarrow
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really engaging and I couldnt put it down 5 stars!
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, ya
Exciting, different story with unexpected twists. Great characterisation.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I need a sequel
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed most of this book, it had some interesting elements, but the 'ending' lost me. It didn't feel as though things were resolved, more as though it was setting up for a sequel. I hate starting a book that finishes with loose ends, especially if I don't realise that it is going to be the first in a series.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the very first chapter this author has created a tense and suspicious atmosphere that builds throughout the novel. This small
town, seemingly like every other small town on the surface, holds some deep dark secrets; secrets that a select group of parents hold. A mining tragedy at Mercy Point some years ago has shaped the town and its secrets and overshadows all the town’s residents. Five teens, each at different times, feel very different from their families and have a sense that they do not
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Anna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia in 1988. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at Melbourne University, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University.

Anna's short films and music videos have screened around the world. She has written an array of published and award winning short fiction. Her debut novel ONLY DAUGHTER was published in September 2016 (Mira). Her second novel LITTLE S
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