Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Mercy by Jodi Picoult is the story of two couples and the power of love. I know it sounds cheesey, but it's the best way I can think of to describe the story. Jamie finds himself at the center of a trial after he admits to killing his terminally ill wife. Allie and Cam find their own familiar love tested when a stranger blows into town. Love makes people do crazy things, things they might not do in other circumstances. This book is a great exploration of just that.
Cover: Yet another simple but powerful Picoult book. A man and woman embracing each other. It's not clear which couple from the book is portrayed in this image, but that's what I like. It could be anyone.
Characters: The main characters were Cam and Allie MacDonald, Jamie and Maggie MacDonald, and Mia Townsend. I despised Cam. I don't want to share any spoilers, so I'll just say his behaviors angered me. I felt sorry for both Allie and Jamie. They both loved their spouse with every ounce of their being despite not getting the same love back. I was also proud of Allie for the transformation she made. Mia was simply a big mistake.
Writing: I thought the writing was wonderful. The love Jamie felt for Maggie was so easily conveyed. The same goes for Allie's love for Cam.
Plot: I really liked the main story about Jamie killing his terminally ill wife out of love. It raised a lot of questions. It made me wonder if that was something I could do. The subplot of Cam and Allie's relationship drew my attention away at times. I found myself eager to find out what would happen between them.
Overall: 4/5 Another great story that makes me think. I love that Picoult's books make my brain work.