Google Books Blurb;
Police chief of a small Massachusetts town, Cameron McDonald 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 Jamie, is suddenly at odds with his devoted wife, Allie — seduced by the idea of a man so in love 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 shocking betrayal, Allie faces the hardest questions of the heart: when does love cross the line of moral obligation?
The author’s books have become a favourite of mine, simply because she writes about topics that are controversial, difficult, and complicated, whilst managing to look at it from that various shades of grey that the world actually is. The topic of euthanasia is emotional, I found myself crying a few times, but it’s also though provoking which I happen to love in a book. I don’t know if I’ll appreciate lying here in bed at 2:24am thinking about this book when I wake up I a few hours time, but as I was reading it, I appreciated the authors wonderfully crafted world that allowed me into the lives of the characters. It was almost a perfect read for me, right up until the very last sentence. It left me confused, and unfulfilled. What did it mean Allie did?
Now, as I said, the topic is controversial but it wasn’t the only controversial topic. Adultery. I have VERY strong feelings on this topic. Admittedly, I didn’t know if that was going to cloud my judgment on the book in its entirety. I stopped reading 5 times in disgust. It’s one thing to know that someone has betrayed the trust of their partner, but to actually be able to read their thoughts and feelings is horrible. Cameron, didn’t deserve his wife, in my opinion. He was sneaky, calculated, and an ass. As was his mistress. And that’s all I’ll say on that topic. Like I mentioned, my feelings are STRONG on that topic, fiction or not.
Another fantastic read. I very much look forward to her next and wonder which topic I’ll come across next!
I gave Mercy: 4.5/5 stars