12.04.2007

Mercy By Jodi Picoult








I apologize if this is unorganized or if something does not make sense, I really don't feel that great... I think I have a cold or something. ugh...Wish I could sleep, have an exam in a couple hours...Just got to get through until the big project due on Thursday, and then the beginning of next week...




I just returned, Mercy by Jodi Picoult, to the library. It was a nice break/distraction to all the work I've been doing the past week. I wanted to keep reading, as I do with most of Jodi's books-by far one of my favorite authors! (If you haven't read anything of hers, I HIGHLY recommend it...)




Anyways, the synospis from her website says:



What would you do for someone you love? Would you lie? Would you leave? Would you kill? These are just some of the questions confronting the characters in Mercy, which follows the path of two cousins driven to extremes by the power of love.



Cameron MacDonald has spent his life guided by duty. As the police chief of a small Massachusetts town that has been home to generations of his Scottish clan, he is bound to the town's residents by blood and honor. Yet when his cousin Jamie arrives at the police station with the body of his wife and the bald confession that he's killed her, Cam immediately places him under arrest.



The situation isn't as clear to Cam's wife, Allie. While she is devoted to her husband, she finds herself siding against Cam, seduced by the picture James paints of a man so in love with a woman that he'd grant all her wishes…even the one that meant taking her life.




Into this charged atmosphere drifts Mia, a new assistant at Allie's floral shop, for whom Cam feels an instant and inexplicable attraction. While he aids the prosecution in preparing the case against Jamie, who killed his terminally ill wife out of mercy, Cam finds himself betraying his own wife.



Woven tight with passion and a fast-paced plot, Mercy explores some of today's most highly charged emotional and ethical issues as it draws toward its stunning conclusion. When you love someone, where do you cross the line of moral obligation? And how can you commonly define love and devotion to begin with?


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The book raised interesting questions...Jamie's wife had advanced breast cancer that was causing blindness and couldn't deal with it. Even at my worst when I was suffering a ton, I never really wished to die so it was hard for me to see this, but interesting to read anyways because I know people act differently in different situations. I have always been intrigued by trying to see things in the eyes of others.




I recommend the book but was somewhat disappointed in how it ended a bit mildly.




If you've read it, let me know what you think. If not, read it and tell me :). Thanks!




Today, I am grateful for: life, being able to hopefully get through the school day, books, family and friends.




Love,


Rachel

5 comments:

Kelly said...

Sounds like a VERY interesting book! Will have to put it on the list to read for sure. :) Hang in there little sister - you're almost done! Love and hugs!

Anonymous said...

Okay...so I'll try to sign on...thanks for telling me how since I can't remember my password! Sorry to hear that you are feeling "yucky"...I hope you had a good day today...that your final went well...and that you get a good night sleep...I'm working nights so I'll be up all night!

Thanks for being you...and always encouraging those around you! Love ya lots!

Hugs,
Kristin :)

Obsessedwithlife said...

Thanks Kelly and Kristin!

Kristin-happy you figured it out :). Great to finally see you Sunday, even if it was brief! Have a good night at work!!

Speaking of work, I need to get on that...

Rach

Brandy said...

I love Jodi but you already know this. I don't remember how we discovered each others love for her... I still have a couple of books for you! And I haven't read this one so I'll have to get it soon.

Obsessedwithlife said...

Brandy...wish I had it to let you borrow but it was the library's!

I still haven't read the ones you gave me last time. Well, I read half of the one with the boy with autistm and couldn't get into it. Right now, I am halfway through Ana's Story (the new one by Jenna Bush-the Pres' daughter). It's meant for teens so it's really easy but quite good.

Rach