by Jodi Picoult

And when an inexplicable attraction leads to a shocking betrayal, Allie faces the hardest questions of the heart: when does love cross the line of moral obligation?

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.57
  • Pages: 400
  • Publish Date: April 1st 2001 by Washington Square Press
  • Isbn10: 0743422449
  • Isbn13: 9780743422444

What People Think about "Mercy"

Well, I know a lot of people that think a cheater romance can have a redeemable cheater that groveled and realized his wrong doing and that that would make it all alright. What happens when he talks to a man that killed his dying wife out of love and say How did you ever let her go? Maybe I would have sympathizes if the husband and his lady love had some grand love story. SHE LIKED THE IDEA OF HIM.

Absolutely HATED this book!

I also found the way the affair between Mia and Cam started to be far fetched.

I really wanted to like this book. Only after his wife finds out does he realize that he's done something wrong, and still he never showed remorse, even as he was being taken back into the fray.

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. It took me less than a couple of hours to read the second half of the book.

My quick and simple overall: touchy subject matter but a beautiful story about more than just mercy killing.

In this book, the Big Issue is presented by Jamie MacDonald, a bland thirty-something who really loves his wife Maggie. The character of Jamie is poorly developed - his main character trait seems to just be how much he loves Maggie - and unlike in other Picoult books, when most of the characters are very invested in the Big Issue, the Big Issue here sometimes felt like a boring side plot. The Jamie plotline was, at times, semi-interesting, but I didn't feel particularly riveted while waiting for the final verdict, like I have with some of Picoult's other books. And now, for what I hated most: Cam/Mia/Allie. The really unfortunate thing is that I'm pretty sure that Cam and Mia were SUPPOSED to be sympathetic characters - Picoult pretty much never writes from the point of view of characters that readers aren't supposed to like, or at least understand. The character of Mia was never really explained enough for me to feel any sympathy for her whatsoever, and I think this is due to error on Picoult's part. WITHOUT HESITATION (and this is where I think the book is really weak, because Mia doesn't seem to think very hard about the morality of what she does), she sleeps with Allie's husband the SECOND that Allie leaves town. The way Picoult writes it, Mia doesn't really feel much of anything at all when it comes to Allie. The way Picoult writes it, they don't even think about Allie at all in those moments. I also just didn't really buy the love between Cam and Mia. I think it's supposed to be romantic, like they're soulmates who met at the wrong time. Toward the end of the book, Mia's just like, "We're soulmates and in love, but we just like the IDEA of each other, so I'm going to run away. Ugh. Also didn't buy that the second Mia leaves town, Cam suddenly magically realizes that Allie's actually been perfect all along and that he should appreciate her more! She was the character I liked the most, I think, but I was so deeply frustrated by what she decides to do at the end of the book. And Picoult writes like this is the most romantic thing in the world. I'm sorry, but I don't see the connection between killing your sick wife who you are deeply in love with and begging your wife (who you kind of like, sometimes) to take you back after you cheated on her. I understood the romantic nature of the Jamie/Maggie plotline, but the one the Cam/Mia/Allie was so devoid of romance and true love that it made me a little sick.

There were only three characters that I had any good feelings about and that was Jamie MacDonald,who killed his wife because she asked him to.The depth of love he felt for his wife and his resultant anguish tore at my heart. And I absolutely loved Angus MacDonald, Cameron's great uncle.Without his classic pithy wit and pragmatic approach to life, I would not have finished this book.

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... His story parallels many things that happen in Cam's life as his trial (for murdering his wife) progresses.