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Author: Jodi Picoult
ISBN13: 978-0783820033
Title: Mercy (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: G K Hall & Co; Large Print edition (January 1, 1997)
Pages: 645

Mercy (G K Hall Large Print Book Series) by Jodi Picoult

Book's title: Mercy Jodi Picoult. Library of Congress Control Number: 96043978. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 0783820038 (lg. print : alk. paper : hc) :, . 5. Publication, Distribution, et. Thorndike, M. .Hall, (c)1997, c1996. Physical Description: 645 p. ;, 24 cm. Genre/Form: Domestic fiction. Genre/Form: Legal stories. Rubrics: Euthanasia Massachusetts Fiction Police Large type books.

ISBN-13: 978-0783813486.

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General FictionLarge Print EditionAn inspired meditation on love. Publishers WeeklyA graceful stylist, Picoult entertains her readers not only with feel-good storytelling and irresistible characters but with consideration of such serious moral dilemmas as euthanasia and forgiveness. Booklist* A Literary Guild SelectionWhat would you do for someone you love? Would you lie? Would you leave? Would you kill? When Jamie MacDonald arrives at the police station with the body of his wife and the confession that he killed her, he is placed under arrest, and a small Massachusetts town grapples with the questions raised by the act. Is it murder to kill a terminally ill person who begs you to do so? Mercy explores this highly charged emotional and ethical issue in a novel that is as haunting as it is beautiful.
Reviews: 7
This is the first time I have been terribly disappointed in one of Jodi Picoult's books! I have NO clue what this book was really about. It seemed to be two incomplete stories.

Story One: The social debate over mercy killing and/or a persons right to chose end of life. This COULD have been a very good tale if the author had focused her efforts on this subject matter that seems to be in the news more often these days. I would have preferred to hear more about the two sides and the history of the couple at the center of the "mercy killing" and court battle. I'd have loved to hear more about the jury and their struggle (or lack there of) to come to a decision. What did they base it one? Were there any hold outs and why? There seemed to be a focus on which ones appeared to side with the defendant and others who sided with the state while a few seemed to fall in between but within hours they had a complete acquittal...? This story was completely diluted by Story Two and ended abruptly with the defendant seeing his dead wife...? HUH???

Story Two: Mystery woman Mia strolls into town and the author seems to elude to her having a secret agenda. She quickly becomes involved in an affair with the married sheriff and the two seem to not be able to resist each other. The affair drags on and is slowly discovered by the sheriff's mother and then his wife...whoop-dee-do...and then she strolls out of town with her cat and back pack never to be seen again. HUH? Now, she disappears once earlier on in the affair and the sheriff actually hires a private investigator to track her down...why then and not now? What was her agenda for coming to town and then disappearing and how does this relate to "Mercy"?

Both stories could have been an entire book in themselves with the right amount of content but mashed together into one book, neither held my interest and the ending just...ended...no conclusion on anything.
Jodi Picoult chose a interesting title for this book, which told two stories. The primary story, which the casual reader would relate to the title, was of Jamie McDonald who smothered his terminally ill wife with a pillow in the small town of Wheelock, MA. He and Maggie had driven there from their home because Jamie's cousin, Cam was not only the police chief, but also head of the McDonald clan. With Maggie's body in the passenger seat, Jamie confessed to killing her. At this point, I expected Ms. Picoult to tackle the question of mercy killing because it was clear that Jamie loved Maggie almost irrationally. Although he claimed that Maggie begged him to end her life, did she? Only two people knew, and one was dead.

Expecting the story to focus on the controversial subject of euthanasia, I was surprised by a secondary story. Cam met Mia, his wife's new assistant at her florist shop, and quickly fell head over heels in love with a woman who had seemed to appear out of nowhere. Allie had not only given Mia a job, but invited her to stay at the McDonald home, where the affair began. Cam jeopardized his seemingly good marriage for a woman who remained a mystery to me. Perhaps I missed something, but where did Mia come from, why did she carry all her worldly goods and her cat in a duffel bag, and why did she appear in Wheelock? These questions were never answered. It seemed to me that she was an excuse for Allie to discover mercy. The story of Mia and Cam got in the way of a potentially pithy debate about mercy killing. In fact, I found both characters highly annoying and wished that Allie had had the backbone to throw her philandering husband out of her life.

I generally like Jodi Picoult's books, but this one fell short for me. The superfluous history of the clan system would have been apropos in a book about Scotland, but it served little purpose in "Mercy." It was never made clear why Jamie came to his uncle's town to kill Maggie (did he expect the clan leader to back a fellow clansman?).

There was too much clutter in a book that could have been interesting, relevant and timely.
I was so disgusted early in the book, I looked up other reviews to see if I was the only prude. Apparently not. The first part of the book quickly degenerated into a 2nd rate slutty "romance" novel. I was incensed that the main character, whose wife was an absolute jewel who treated him like a god, so easily slid into an affair, with a woman who his wife had befriended and helped. So much of the book was devoted to their ongoing need to sexually satisfy themselves, with no thought to the clueless wife, that the book lost site of some ideas that had been earlier implanted (like the possibility of their meeting in a previous lifetime). I love Jodi Piccoult's writing . . . usually. This is an exception. I did persevere to the end, but I think Jodi needs to take a cold shower. I will say the title "Mercy" was a good one, though, as it was woven throughout the book.