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Mercy - Jodi Picoult
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Mercy - Jodi Picoult
Advantages: interesting, moral dilemma, gripping
'Mercy' is another book written by Jodi Picoult and I had a feeling that it was slightly different to her other works. I did, however, really enjoy reading it.
Allie and Cam MacDonald live in a small town in Massachussets. She has always been madly in love with him and in this marriage, she obviously seems to be the one 'that loves more'. Cam has always been lead by duty and it isn't clear to me whether he loves Allie at all (or maybe I am a bit harsh on him).
Cameron is the police chief and one day, when his cousin Jamie walks in and says that his wife is dead and he is the one to kill her, Cam doesn't hesitate to put him under arrest. Jamie doesn't allow anybody touch his late wife's body and it actually seems that he had loved her.
Cam brings his cousin to trial but it isn't an easy case - it never is if it comes to mercy killing. On this matter his wife disagrees with him and talks to the people who were close with the couple. She finds out that they were a lovely couple, madly in love with each other and she seems to be seduced by the picture of such a great love.
In the meantime, Allie hires a new assistant, Mia at her floral shop. Surprisingly, she seems to like her husband. Will it lead to a shocking betrayal or will Mia leave? Will Cameron turn out to be a faithful husband?
It is a very good book about a moral dilemma such as mercy killing (which I personally find a very difficult and complexed issue). It also makes you think about the faithfulness in marriage. Is it possible to love someone so much that you would do anything for them, even if that means killing them? Suddenly the boundries don't seem to be clear anymore and I personally have no idea what I would do. As usual, Picoult makes you think, the plot has turnings when you would think everything is clear and the ending is utterly unexpected.
Summary: well worth reading