New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult has an incredible talent for taking hot-button social issues and weaving them into compelling page-turners. In Mercy, she explores the depths of love in its many forms. Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder - a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town, Mia Townsend, threatens to unwittingly drive a dagger through Cam's marriage. Deftly portraying the complexities of love and passion, Picoult delivers another literary triumph with Mercy.More
"What could have been a competent, topical novel about a mercy killing becomes, in Picoult's hands, an inspired meditation on love." (Publishers Weekly)
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An Interesting Read
I could listen to Mercy again in a few years. The story line was very different and really made you think.
In some regards, yes, the plot did have some surprising twists. You can read the book jacket and find out that Jamie McDonald shows up in the town of Weelock (not sure of spelling here) and notifies his cousin, Cameron McDonald, the town's police chief, that his wife is dead and he killer her.He then adds she asked him to do so but its actually the coroner who reveals the suffering her body had undergone during cancer treatments. People are divided and Cameron's wife, Allie, is fully in Jamie's corner. Secretly, I believe Cameron was, too, since he hired Jamie an attorney. The book has two story lines because at the same time Jamie appears with his bombshell, a strange woman, Mia, shows up in town and is hired by Allie to work in her flower shop. An attraction blossoms almost immediately between Cameron and Mia and I felt dislike for Cameron for pursuing this attraction while I also was sympathetic towards him for trying to help Jamie, though not publicly.
I have listened to books by this narrator before and she brings the characters to life, I really felt more in tune to them by listening to the story rather than reading it. Its one of the things I love the most about audible books.
I had various emotions throughout the book; shock as Jamie recounted he and Maggie's last days together, even though I knew a mercy killing was the basic plot of the book. I felt frustration for Allie as she tried so hard to make things so calm and peaceful and smooth for Cameron that she kind of faded into the background. I was thoroughly at odds when Cameron and Mia began their affair and I felt Cameron's shame and Allie's fury when both his mother and Allie discovered the affair. The book ended the way I wanted with Jamie's trial. I think mercy killing is a hard issue but Picoult shared it in such intense detail that I could see how you could do something like this because you loved someone so much you didn't want them to suffer anymore.