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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mercy by Jodi Picoult~★

Author: Jodi Picoult
Title: Mercy
Release Date: 1996
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Fiction

Book Jacket: "Police chief of a small Massachusetts town, Cameron McDonald (it's MacDonald throughout the entire book) makes the toughest arrest of his life when his own cousin Jamie comes to him and confesses outright that he has killed his terminally ill wife out of mercy.
Now, a heated murder trial plunges the town into upheaval, and drives a wedge into a contented marriage: Cameron, aiding the prosecution in their case against Jaime, is suddenly at odds with his devoted wife, Allie---seduced by the idea of a man so in with his wife that he'd grant all her wishes, even her wish to end her life. And when an inexplicable attraction leads to a heart: when does love cross the line of moral obligation? And what does it mean to truly love another?"

Taryn's Review: I have always heard good things about Jodi Picoult. I took my sister with me on my last library visit and she pulled this Jodi Picoult book off the shelf for me to read (admitting she hadn't read it herself). I hope Jodi Picoult's other books are much better than this one, because I thought it was really bad.

The book is extremely...simple. When the-very-married Cameron MacDonald fell in love with Mia Townsend, there is absolutely no explanation why in the world Mia showed up in the town of Wheelock, especially since she had no family or friends there. Picoult must not have thought that was important, but I think was a crucial element to skip. And what would bring Mia to walk right into Cameron's wife's flower shop and what in the world possessed Allie, Cameron's wife, to hire a complete stranger on the spot? So many questions, so little answers. 

Picoult already hinted that Cameron was bored in his marriage when Mia entered his life. It's was no surprise when Cameron and Mia engaged in an affair since Picoult made that perfectly clear in the beginning of the book. I felt horrible for Allie, who kept trying to do everything perfectly for Cameron, and she trusted him completely.

When Cameron was faced with arresting Jamie, I don't think Cameron actually had any mercy toward Jamie. The only reason Cameron cared is because Jamie was his third cousin or something. I actually couldn't have cared less about the whole Jamie/Maggie/Angus storyline. In fact, I skipped a lot of it because it was so boring.

This book was boring, blah, and bland. It was very cliche in most everything it offered and it's incredibly predictable. Skip it.

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