Author: Jodi Picoult
Amount of Pages: 400
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Release Date: April 3, 2001
Geared Towards: Adults
About (New Feature-for Jodi Picoult Books!) : Mercy Killing
"He wondered how he could have been so blinded by something shiny and new and elusive that he couldn't at least give equal credit for the strength of something stable, and strong, and his."
Summary: Cameron McDonald is the police chief of the small Massachusetts town, Wheelock. Nothing really ever happens in this small sleepy town, until one day, Cameron's cousin, Jamie, rushes in to confess that he has killed his wife.
Jamie MacDonald and his wife Maggie were madly in love, everyday was their honeymoon until Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer which swiftly spread into her bones then crept into her brain. Maggie, drowning in pain, begged her husband to kill her, because his immense love for his wife, Jamie complied.
Cameron's wife, Allie, is one of those wives that loves her husband more then he loves her. She puts him on a pedalstool, idolizing him. She is a rock next to her husband...something that is always there for Cameron, Cameron has never thought much of their love, until one day, a beautiful stranger appears and shatters their love connection forever.
Wdebo's Review: Yeah for Jodi Picoult! I love Jodi Picoult books, even though there are some that you just have such high expectations for that sometimes they just disappoint you because of the high expectations you have. I thought Mercy was going to be one of those books, it started out slow, it was hard to get into, and I just wanted to set it down as soon as I could. However, after a bit it started to pick up pace, and got more and more interesting until it became a classic Jodi Picoult page turner.
As usual, the writing is highly addictive, it's amazing how Jodi Picoult is able to pick a controversial issue and turn it into an addictive read. I remember a few years back in my town where there was a family that pulled the plug on their daughter that had been in a coma for a few years and there was just a huge uproar over it...I thought of that a lot while reading Mercy.
I really hated Cameron (I can't find a nicer way to say it). He was an egotistical, arrogant jerk. I couldn't sympathize at all with him, even when he was all borken and sad at the end, I just wanted to laugh at him and say Ha! You got what you deserved! On the other hand, ugh, Allie annoyed me with her meekness. You can say I didn't like their whole family :P
Cafe Cover Chat: Hm, defidently not my favorite Jodi Picoult cover, but it's ok. (B-)
All in all, another wonderful read from the amazing Jodi Picoult! Sure to get you wondering bout what you would truely do for love.