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ISBN: 0743422449

ISBN13: 9780743422444


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Book Overview

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...

Customer Reviews

5 ratings

Talk about a tear-jerker

My husband got me this book for my birthday last year. I loved it!! It's one of the few books I actually cried while reading. I passed it onto a few other people who also loved the book. If you like Piccoult, give it a try.

Good, quick, read!

A fan of Picoult ever since I read The Tenth Circle, I couldn't wait to get into this one. I wasn't disappointed. The subject matter is a touchy one, so read with an open mind. Judging won't get you very far with this book!


When Ms Picoult writes, I fall head first into the story. I can not help it. She paints a picture of words that shows the very real lifes of her characters, as if it is happening before my very eyes. But, this story isn't quick and easy reading. Perhaps on one level it is. But, on the other hand, you must stop and ask yourself some very serious personal questions. I love her writing and this book was no different. I only wish she could write faster!! ~d

This books haunts me still...

I am a big fan of Picoult's and count her among my top 3 favorite writers. This is quite possibly one of her best, in my opinion (other faves of mine include "My Sister's Keeper" & "The Pact"). I've never become so emotionally involved by a book and it's characters. I found myself actually hating Cam for his betrayal of Allie (as I related so much to her character). I couldn't put this one down and it's intense emotional themes continue to haunt me long after I finished reading it. I was deeply moved by Picoult's character development in this book and her beautiful, romantic writing. No one else can deliver on human drama as well as Picoult. I highly recommend this one, but be forewarned - have some tissues handy for your tears.

If you really love me, you would kill me!

Euthanasia is the subject and it is handled quite well by this author. First I want you to know that there are no spoilers here. The book starts with the act of suffocation and then goes on to explain the circumstances. Jamie MacDonald loves his wife Maggie with a fierce loyalty. When Maggie's cancer ridden body becomes more than she can bear she asks him to kill her. What follows is a journey that there is no coming back from. Cam MacDonald is the highly respected police chief in a small town and is married to Allie who adores him to the point that she has lost herself in this man she calls her husband. The sun rises in the east due to the light she sees in Cam's eyes. Allie's world is about to come crashing down around her. Hers is also a journey that will take her to a place that there is no coming back from.Cam is not only the police chief, but by no choice of his own, he has become the respected head of the MacDonald Clan, whose ancestors hail from Scotland. They have settled in Wheelock, Massachusetts over the centuries. Jamie comes to Wheeloch to enjoy his last hours with Maggie and commit his act of love.The author has created a multifaceted situation and has gone on to superbly blend the stories together. We are dealt a betrayal on two fronts and we watch as the characters wade through the mire that their lives become because of it. This is another great book by Picoult. She was kind enough to chat with my book group on line a few months back and told us this was her personal favorite. I have to admit I'm hooked, and I have now bought every one of her books. I am anxiously awaiting her new book SALEM FALLS that should be out in the first part of the New Year. 12/14/00
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