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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blue Mercy

Orna Ross's Blue Mercy stuck out to me because of it's intriguing synopsis so I picked it up this past week.

Mercy has had quite a life--her daughter Star was born in a California compound after Mercy left her home in Ireland after an abusive childhood.  She leaves her husband only to have him reappear after she has raised Star and found a new life and a new love.  She raises an ungrateful daughter only for them both to have the shock of their lives as they start to heal their relationship--then Mercy suddenly finds herself accused of killing her ailing father.  What is the truth?  And how does a person force others to believe it?

I realize this synopsis sounds like a lot--and reading back over it, I realize a lot happened in the book!  I have to say, though, that it was not at all overwhelming or that it ever seemed overdone or extreme.  I was highly engrossed in this book and was pleasantly surprised by how much I really didn't want to put it down when I got off the train.  I wasn't surprised because I expected otherwise; rather, I am always surprised when I find how much I love the characters with whom I am involved for a few hours of my time and of their lives.

I really don't want to give away too much of this narrative because it is so well-crafted and intricate that telling you much about it will just give away too many secrets.  I loved Ross's writing style and how she crafts characters so distinctly.  I felt so much sympathy for Mercy in her dealing with her overly emotional and often erratic daughter Star, and I appreciated how little detail we received about the relationship between Mercy and her father.  Sometimes imagining the worst is more harrowing the reading or hearing it.  This book is worth a look on Amazon (free for prime members!).

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