Without Mercy
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson comes a pulse-pounding thriller that goes behind the doors of an exclusive academy with a terrifying secret . . . Ever since her father was killed in a home invasion, Julia "Jules" Farentino has been plagued by nightmares. Her half-sister, Shaylee, now seventeen, has had her own difficulties, earning a lengthy rap sheet. Still, when Jules learns of her mother's decision to send Shay to Blue Rock Academy, an elite boarding school in Oregon, Jules is skeptical. A student went missing a few months earlier and there are rumors she may have died during one of the school's questionable treatments.On impulse, Jules applies for a teaching job at the Academy. Shortly before she arrives, a student is found hanged, another near death. Hysterical, Shay believes it's murder. Staff members are wary and unwelcoming--all except Cooper Trent, who has his own suspicions, his own secrets, and was once Jules's lover.Then another girl is found dead. Something sinister is at hand--but Jules may be too late to stop it. Behind the Academy's idyllic veneer lurks an evil force on a brutal and terrifying mission. And Jules has become the next target of a bloodthirsty killer without limits, without remorse, without mercy . . ."A JUICY CREEP-A-THON...BUILDS TO A SURPRISING CLIFFHANGER ENDING."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)"A NAIL-BITING ROLLER-COASTER RIDE." -Library Journal "THE BOOK'S ENDING WILL THROW MOST READERS FOR A LOOP." --The Free Lance-Star

Without Mercy Details

TitleWithout Mercy
Author
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496710482
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense

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Without Mercy Review

  • Ruth Turner
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like this...at all!Shay's a troubled teen sent to a remote school, the Blue Rock Academy, under judges orders. To me she's a spoilt brat and I just couldn't like her character.Jules, Shay's sister, discovers that one student from the school has recently gone missing and one teacher's been "let go". On this premise she decides that there must be something wrong at school and that she must therefore rescue her poor baby sister. The repetition of the poor baby sister and the comments about I didn't like this...at all!Shay's a troubled teen sent to a remote school, the Blue Rock Academy, under judges orders. To me she's a spoilt brat and I just couldn't like her character.Jules, Shay's sister, discovers that one student from the school has recently gone missing and one teacher's been "let go". On this premise she decides that there must be something wrong at school and that she must therefore rescue her poor baby sister. The repetition of the poor baby sister and the comments about the school, to her mother and any friends that would listen, made me want to scream...or choke her. I found her obnoxious and frustrating.After only a few days at the Academy Shay manages to obtain the code to make external phone calls, sneaks into an office in the admin building and makes a furtive call to her sister, despite cameras, staff members and other boarders.The rescue mission commences with Jules, an out of work teacher, applying for a teaching position at the school. She's hired, and when she commences her new job she encounters an old boyfriend. When she knew him he was a rodeo rider. Now he's a private investigator, working undercover as a teacher to solve the aforementioned disappearance.At this point I gave up.Up until the last few years I would always finish a book, no matter how bad it was. These days I think differently. Life's too short to waste my time reading something that I don't like, with characters that annoy the *#@% out of me.
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  • Thomas Edmund
    January 1, 1970
    Without Mercy is little more than a mish mash of contrivance and cliché. I’m not sure premises get much worse than two ex-lovers both posing as teachers at a ‘boot-camp’ style private school to investigate the disappearance of one of the students. Nevermind how a rodeo-rider come private-investigator successfully fakes being an experienced teacher – or how the two new-comers were completely looked past as suspects despite arriving around the same time as the disappearance (and later murders). Th Without Mercy is little more than a mish mash of contrivance and cliché. I’m not sure premises get much worse than two ex-lovers both posing as teachers at a ‘boot-camp’ style private school to investigate the disappearance of one of the students. Nevermind how a rodeo-rider come private-investigator successfully fakes being an experienced teacher – or how the two new-comers were completely looked past as suspects despite arriving around the same time as the disappearance (and later murders). The plot is so perfectly unoriginal you won’t care about its weaknesses. Not content with the cliché of two ex-lovers happening to be in the same place at the same time (SPOILER ALERT they have sex) Jackson throws in these other gleaming plot pieces: ‘The Leader’ our peek-a-boo antagonist is a religious extremist who can’t resist woman, but hates them for making him so sinful (ever heard of such a villain before? I couldn’t even fit all the titles of the other novels ripped off in these parenthesises), it snows, so all the characters are trapped at the school’s location without hope of rescue, the main characters find files which incriminate The Leader, despite his diabolical plans making absolutely no sense whatsoever (he’s a bad guy right? They don’t have to make sense) And of course the twist. In the end we find out that the real killer was someone totally unexpected, un-foreshadowed and nonsensical. But all in the name of surprise endings right? Wrong...
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Seventeen year old Shaylee Stillman is a hellion, and a judge has laid down the law. She must enroll in a school for troubled teens, or it's jailtime. There's something about the Blue Rock Academy that doesn't sit right with her older half sister Jules, who decides to take a teaching job there as a sort of amateur investigator, just to be sure little sis will be okay. Unbenownst to Jules, her former boyfriend Cooper, the love of her life whom she just can't forget, also works there, hired by the Seventeen year old Shaylee Stillman is a hellion, and a judge has laid down the law. She must enroll in a school for troubled teens, or it's jailtime. There's something about the Blue Rock Academy that doesn't sit right with her older half sister Jules, who decides to take a teaching job there as a sort of amateur investigator, just to be sure little sis will be okay. Unbenownst to Jules, her former boyfriend Cooper, the love of her life whom she just can't forget, also works there, hired by the parents of a former student who disappeared a few months back. In no time, a murderer begins to run amok and the students start dropping like flies. Without Mercy is the sort of book in which all the women are *itches and all the men *astards, at least according to the bad guys. After her initial shock at encountering Cooper, whom she calls "Cowboy", the inevitable happens; guess who uncovers the truth about the murders, after nearly falling victim to the sociopaths themselves. Apparently the school is run and staffed by incompetents, and the local police are no use either. In Without Mercy, the passages meant to be suspenseful fall flat, the outcome is predictable from early on, and the book is much too long. Recommended to readers who enjoy adventurous romance novels with some steamy interludes and language.
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  • Purple Iris
    January 1, 1970
    cheesy line: "Nona Vickers realized that she'd lost more than her virginity this night; she'd also given up her life." (p. 145). Eye roll, please. I am trying to just enjoy this as a light, relaxing read, but these lines are killing me: "The howl of the wind, as forbidding as Satan's laugh, shrieked through the canyon before licking the icy edges of Lake Superstition..." What the hell? Jackson describes in detail how one of the characters heats up coffee from the day before in the microwave and cheesy line: "Nona Vickers realized that she'd lost more than her virginity this night; she'd also given up her life." (p. 145). Eye roll, please. I am trying to just enjoy this as a light, relaxing read, but these lines are killing me: "The howl of the wind, as forbidding as Satan's laugh, shrieked through the canyon before licking the icy edges of Lake Superstition..." What the hell? Jackson describes in detail how one of the characters heats up coffee from the day before in the microwave and drinks it. Scariest part of the book so far! And what is up with people sticking their heads under the bathroom faucet for a drink of water? Bizarre.Okay, I finished the book. This marks the end of my relationship with Lisa Jackson. I don't remember her other books being so bad. I don't know if this one was a fluke, but I'm not willing to find out. I resent all the time I put into this one.
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  • Azeila Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Minor spoiler warningHow this book has as high of a rating as it does is beyond me. I was so disappointed at the end. It felt like I'd wasted time on a wonderful story that was going to connect everything together, but instead it was clear that Jackson wasn't even sure where she was going with the ending. She sloppily tried to throw everything together in the last thirty or so pages, and it just didn't work. Jules was overly skeptical of a school with no real good reason. It was described that s Minor spoiler warningHow this book has as high of a rating as it does is beyond me. I was so disappointed at the end. It felt like I'd wasted time on a wonderful story that was going to connect everything together, but instead it was clear that Jackson wasn't even sure where she was going with the ending. She sloppily tried to throw everything together in the last thirty or so pages, and it just didn't work. Jules was overly skeptical of a school with no real good reason. It was described that she, along with her younger sister Shay, were both overly paranoid drama queens. Jules really didn't have a reason to be so concerned for Shay, and so her paranoia was hard to connect to. I just didn't feel it.I realized halfway through that most of the book was just Jules being paranoid. “Who would do this? How is this happening? Is it this guy? Or this guy? Is this going on? Or this? Who would do such a thing? Something bad is going on, but what? What? What? What?” I mean, that was literally about a third of the book, the same paranoid suspicion over and over again. I will say that the book was engaging. I read the whole thing in a week, which is a record for me, I'm typically a slow reader. Jackson writes the book from several different view points, and I really liked how each person had their own side of the story. Trent was the most likable character. He had the most sense and, in my opinion, was the most realistic. There was a character introduced early in the book referred to only as "The Leader". He had some sort of cult running with a devious plan, but no details are given through most of the book. Reading The Leader's point of view made me uncomfortable, but it was supposed to make the reader uncomfortable. The guy was sick, no question. Students start turning up dead, and a snow storm traps everyone on the campus from leaving, despite a murderer on the loose. There was a lot of suspense and I loved trying to take the little clues given to try and decipher who was the villain. But that’s just the thing. Jackson gave us so many clues to suspect a few different people, and then the culprit ended up being totally random! I get that she was trying to throw us off, but she over did it. The reaction should have been “Ohhh so THAT’S the bad guy! I can’t believe I didn’t see it, it was so obvious!” But instead it was more “Oh that guy? Who’s that guy again?” And when everything starts falling into place, once we find out who this horrible, powerful leader is (even though he was random), the first thing he does was get the crap beat out of him. The powerful cult that has been built up throughout the entire book seriously gets taken out and overthrown in about three pages. I was so disappointed! And then there is one final plot twist that was so unbelievable it actually made me groan “oh brother.” Jackson must have had deadlines fast approaching and that’s why the ending was so half-baked. The real kicker for me wasn’t all of this however. It was right after the cult gets taken out. Without giving too much away, Jules was held hostage by one of the cult members, who ends up dead. As in his brains were shot out of his head. This guy was a teenager. An evil teenager, but a teen still the same. He was a kid! I don’t care how evil this guy was, what follows was nothing short of sociopathic. Once the scene was secure, Trent and Jules, with a dead teenager laying literally a few feet from them, start making flirtatious banter. No. Just, no. Who in their right mind would buy that? If someone was held hostage and then witnesses a teenager get shot in the head, they’re not going to turn around and start flirting with their long lost lover literally a second later! They would be trying to remember how to breathe! This book had so much potential, but unfortunately failed to deliver. Being the first book I have read by Jackson, not to mention all of the praise I hear her receive, I’m willing to give her other works a try. However, if this is the best she has to offer, I am far from impressed.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by Lisa Jackson; after reading Without Mercy, I look forward to her other books. This story caught my attention because it takes place in the mountains of Southern Oregon and the author refers to places I'm familiar with (Rogue River, Medford, Roseburg, Portland, Siskiyou Mountains) although the location and details of the story are fictional. Shay, a rebellious teenager, is sent to Blue Rock Academy by the court and her mother, as a last resort to keeping her ou This is the first book I've read by Lisa Jackson; after reading Without Mercy, I look forward to her other books. This story caught my attention because it takes place in the mountains of Southern Oregon and the author refers to places I'm familiar with (Rogue River, Medford, Roseburg, Portland, Siskiyou Mountains) although the location and details of the story are fictional. Shay, a rebellious teenager, is sent to Blue Rock Academy by the court and her mother, as a last resort to keeping her out of jail. The school is run by a reverend who is extremely religious and runs a strict environment. The school is located far into the mountains where cell phone connections are sparse; and where the coming blizzard cuts everyone off from the outside world. Shay's sister, Jules, does some research on the academy because she just thinks it sounds too good to be true. And she she's right. A student has gone missing and the investigation lead no where. Shay is enrolled and immediately calls Jules, frantic, "get me out of here, it's horrible". Jules, a waitress until a teaching job opens, applies for a teaching job at Blue Rock; a position that became vacant when another teacher was accused of an inappropriate affair with a student. Another reason Jules is concerned about this school. Jules is hired, encounters an old flame who is working undercover to solve mysteries at the school. Within the first week of Jules' employment, three more students are found dead. Who's behind the murders? What's the motive? Will Jules get Shay out of the school? Will the sisters' relationship survive the terrible events? Several interesting twists and turns; the last one being the most surprising!
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  • Wendy Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Blue Rock Academy prides itself on its beliefs, reaching out with God to help the wayward teens turn their lives around, but someone is twisting those beliefs for his own sinister purpose. Julia "Jules" Farentino doesn't trust the school that her half-sister Shaylee has been sent to. Blue Rock Academy is well known for helping troubled teenagers, and Shaylee had the choice of the school or juvenile detention. She thought she chose the better of the two options, but Jules disagrees. A teenager re Blue Rock Academy prides itself on its beliefs, reaching out with God to help the wayward teens turn their lives around, but someone is twisting those beliefs for his own sinister purpose. Julia "Jules" Farentino doesn't trust the school that her half-sister Shaylee has been sent to. Blue Rock Academy is well known for helping troubled teenagers, and Shaylee had the choice of the school or juvenile detention. She thought she chose the better of the two options, but Jules disagrees. A teenager recently disappeared from the school and her body still hasn't been found. Jules suspects foul play, but she can't prove it. In fact, ever since Jules found her father murdered, she has been plagued by nightmares. It makes her wonder if her suspicions are all in her head. Jules has been looking for work lately and during her perusal of the school's website, she sees that they are looking for a teacher. She impulsively applies; the school soon contacts her, and she is hired. But on her way to the elusive school, she gets a phone call. A second student has been found dead and another one is in critical condition. Jules is desperate to get her sister released from the school, but she wants to get to the bottom of the disappearance of one student and the murder of another. Cooper Trent used to be a good ole boy, ranching and riding in rodeos. He and Jules once had a hot and heavy relationship and were very much in love. But Jules couldn't handle the relationship and her father's death, so she broke it off. Now, Cooper is working as an undercover detective at the school to gather clues about the disappearance of a student. He is shocked when Jules takes a position there. Even though the two of them still have feelings for one another, they try to put it on the back burner until they solve the sinister evil behind the murder and disappearance of the students. However, the killer sets his sights on the lovely Jules, and they will have to work together to rid the world of an evil presence before he kills again. Lisa Jackson is a master of suspense and WITHOUT MERCY is no exception. The pages literally fly by as you find yourself caught in her web of suspense. The plot is solid and tight, the characters real and vibrant. The thoughts in the killer’s head had me shivering with apprehension, as I turned the pages late into the night. If you love an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you will love WITHOUT MERCY!
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    So when I reviewed this book halfway through, I gave it a 1. The only thing – and I mean the ONLY thing – that made me up the rating to a 2 is that Shaylee ended up in the psych ward. I disliked the girl from the beginning – she was selfish and superior and manipulative and I really wanted to see her come to her senses and get her life on track. The alternative – that she was the murderer – never occurred to me, but I like it just as well. However, the surprising twist was not enough to make up So when I reviewed this book halfway through, I gave it a 1. The only thing – and I mean the ONLY thing – that made me up the rating to a 2 is that Shaylee ended up in the psych ward. I disliked the girl from the beginning – she was selfish and superior and manipulative and I really wanted to see her come to her senses and get her life on track. The alternative – that she was the murderer – never occurred to me, but I like it just as well. However, the surprising twist was not enough to make up for Jules’ ridiculousness.Now that I’ve read the whole thing, I now see that Jules’ naiveté and lack of common sense was necessary for Shaylee’s secrets to be kept (I blame the fact that I didn’t realize that Shaylee was the killer on having seen the majority of the story through Jules’ less-than-observant eyes). If Jules was more cynical and a little sharper, she might have seen that her sister wasn’t quite right and there would have been no book. I think I would have preferred that there was no book. Jules was annoying and childish in her desire to play Nancy Drew. Her theories were driven by extreme and illogical paranoia. Trent shouldn’t have encouraged her and she should have listened to him on the occasions when he told her to back down. It’s like she just couldn’t help being a fool, and I dislike that such a dupe could be the heroine. I do want to say that I understand people who have a hard time seeing family members in a bad light – it’s reality that we’re often most blind to the faults of those we love. My problem with the book is not that Jules had a hard time seeing her sister’s faults, it’s that Jackson would use her to solve this mystery. Why not make the story more about Trent? Then he, a qualified investigator, could have solved the mystery and Jackson could have had a logical and more plausible story. Instead she chose the person most unqualified to get involved and unofficially lead the investigation. I just think Jackson’s choice of chief narrator was a poor one
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  • SUMMER
    January 1, 1970
    I gave this book a 3. It started out captivating me but I got a little bored part way through. There were characters that didn't develop as well as I had wanted and therefore I couldn't connect as much as I wanted to with the book. I did like the ending , I was surprised by it for a few reasons. I really thought Lynch was going to be the evil man at the end and am still trying to piece together how it was the pilot. I understand the Cora Sue and the Pilot connection but I was left disappointed i I gave this book a 3. It started out captivating me but I got a little bored part way through. There were characters that didn't develop as well as I had wanted and therefore I couldn't connect as much as I wanted to with the book. I did like the ending , I was surprised by it for a few reasons. I really thought Lynch was going to be the evil man at the end and am still trying to piece together how it was the pilot. I understand the Cora Sue and the Pilot connection but I was left disappointed in that as well. Again I felt as thought I was left hanging by some of the characters in the book not being developed farther. I thought that Shay as the fathers killer was a little expected. It was my first thought when I started reading the book , however, I lost her farther through as my main suspect. I did lean towards trent at one point. Now that would have been an evil twist. I was hoping for more from this book. It was a nice read but it wouldn't be one of my Top Choices to recommend to a friend. I like the cliffhanger at the end though. I would still read the next one, if there were to be on.
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  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was just okay. It’s hard to like Shaylee, who is really a little brat at the beginning, and therefore it’s a little difficult to understand why Jules would go to the lengths she does, and why she’s so quick to suspect the school of wrongdoing. One missing student doesn’t really seem to be enough. Not to mention how quickly she gets hired as a teacher at such a specialty school, with a seemingly minimal background check and no experience with troubled kids. Not to mention the cowbo I thought this was just okay. It’s hard to like Shaylee, who is really a little brat at the beginning, and therefore it’s a little difficult to understand why Jules would go to the lengths she does, and why she’s so quick to suspect the school of wrongdoing. One missing student doesn’t really seem to be enough. Not to mention how quickly she gets hired as a teacher at such a specialty school, with a seemingly minimal background check and no experience with troubled kids. Not to mention the cowboy cop/P.I. who is suddenly qualified as well. There’s a little bit of heat between Jules and Cooper, but nothing special. And you’re just supposed to take for granted that they’ve never gotten over each other.I’ve seen other reviews that refer to the story as a "mish mash", and they’re pretty spot on. The problems at the school end up being so out there that they’re unbelievable. And frankly, the surprise ending wasn’t much of a surprise.
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  •  Marla
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 stars. I realize that I don't like weak women and juvenile delinquents and this book is full of both. The characters are very one dimensional. Likes:* Possibility of romance* Trent sounded delicious, but not enough of him and why was he hung up on Jules? Everyone said he's so hot, again multiple times, I get it, move on(view spoiler)[* Deputizing insider* Some cool murders and murder scenes* Recap at the end was enlightening (hide spoiler)]Dislikes:* Didn't care for the narrator* Writing was 1.5 stars. I realize that I don't like weak women and juvenile delinquents and this book is full of both. The characters are very one dimensional. Likes:* Possibility of romance* Trent sounded delicious, but not enough of him and why was he hung up on Jules? Everyone said he's so hot, again multiple times, I get it, move on(view spoiler)[* Deputizing insider* Some cool murders and murder scenes* Recap at the end was enlightening (hide spoiler)]Dislikes:* Didn't care for the narrator* Writing wasn't my cup of tea, besides Trent and Jules, people didn't seem like real people* Trent was the only character that I even partially liked* BRA - Blue Rock Academy was creepy juvenile center* Strange troubled teen boarding school protocols* Angry teenagers* Obnoxious and shady teachers and staff* So many secrets and undercover people* Sooooo slow and boring* Where some people saw build up, I thought nothing happened(view spoiler)[* Shaylee "Shay" Stillman is a spoiled delinquent* Jules demanding, emotional outbursts* Jules' ex-husband's (Sebastian Farantino) second wife (Perry) was her ex-best friend* Veiled references to Jules' ex-boyfriend Cooper Trent* BRA's religious touting sounded false* Jules' flashbacks and recurring dreams got tiresome* Jules not working because of emotional issues and then getting hired by the strange juvenile center/school* Jules' ex-boyfriend and step-sister at same strange juvenile center* Rev. Tobias Lynch sounded odd* Cora Sue Lynch, the reverend's wife, seemed dutiful in public, but something was up with that couple* Must ask permission before calling 911 ?!?* I get it no cell phones, this is repeated over and over* Too many shifty characters* Tired of hearing that Trent used to be on rodeo circuit (hide spoiler)]With-reservations:sexual situations, language, violence, drugs, armed robbery, juvenile delinquents, murderAbandoned series: after 1 book
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  • EZRead eBookstore
    January 1, 1970
    I know, I know, the whole premise sounds so dramatic, but that is just what comes from reading a thriller like “Without Mercy.” Is it all that it’s cracked up to be? Well, it certainly is as hair-raising as described. You’d think you stuck your finger into a socket at the end of reading this. If it isn’t the gruesome killings and fear of more killings, than there is also the characters themselves that can keep a reader tense.As a correctional academy, the kids attending are obviously troubled in I know, I know, the whole premise sounds so dramatic, but that is just what comes from reading a thriller like “Without Mercy.” Is it all that it’s cracked up to be? Well, it certainly is as hair-raising as described. You’d think you stuck your finger into a socket at the end of reading this. If it isn’t the gruesome killings and fear of more killings, than there is also the characters themselves that can keep a reader tense.As a correctional academy, the kids attending are obviously troubled in various ways (i.e. drug-abuse, violence, breaking the law). The attitudes of the students keep the atmosphere tense all on their own. At times, it’s more amusing than anything else, however there are some characters whose constant paranoia and snootiness does hit my nerve of annoyance. How many times does Jules have to repeat herself? I don’t need to hear how she came to the school to help her sister more than once to get the point across. Honestly, she would get a lot further along with her endeavors if she stopped back-peddling. I’m surprised she doesn’t fall off that metaphorical bike of hers. She is not the only character who repeats herself, which makes the repetition that much worse. A window into different character perspectives adds a good dimension to the story. We, the readers, get a glimpse of what goes on through select teachers, students, and even the perpetrator’s mind. Though I used to believe this kind of insight was meant to create empathy for the characters, it was impossible to sympathize for the villain. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t feel sorry for a killer playing a victim.Still, I enjoyed the varied perspectives all the same, as well as the tension. I just didn’t need information – no matter how important it is – repeated to me more than once.- EZRead Staffer, Amelia
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    About two thirds of the way through it finally dawned on me what was bugging me about this book: Take out the oddly placed sex scene and the occasional PG-13 content, and this book was basically every episode of Scooby Doo. I half expected the who-dunnit to be revealed at the end with the villain exclaiming "It would've worked too if it wasn't for those meddling kids!"An exaggeration? Yeah, but not much. "Something creepy at the isolated private school" and which of the weirdo people is the guy About two thirds of the way through it finally dawned on me what was bugging me about this book: Take out the oddly placed sex scene and the occasional PG-13 content, and this book was basically every episode of Scooby Doo. I half expected the who-dunnit to be revealed at the end with the villain exclaiming "It would've worked too if it wasn't for those meddling kids!"An exaggeration? Yeah, but not much. "Something creepy at the isolated private school" and which of the weirdo people is the guy who was actually wearing fake bigfoot feet making false tracks in the snow to scare the visitors from the place? (Okay, I made up everything from 'bigfoot feet' on to make a point, but honestly that's what a lot of this book felt like to me.)Without Mercy reviews well, and that fact is not lost on me, but I don't get it.So much of it just didn't make sense. I got tired of hearing how "something wasn't right but she couldn't quite put her finger on it". There were too many characters underdeveloped. The dialog was odd. The descriptions seemed forced and over the top. The device of the characters talking to themselves (in italics) got annoying. (And how long are these cartoon episodes, anyway, and hey isn't that the voice of Casey Kasem?)Seriously, though. On a positive note, the ending wasn't bad and at least made me not regret sticking it out to the end. So if you've started it, finish it, but if you haven't started it, I'd look elsewhere. Besides, you don't want to cross those meddling kids.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Shay is a psycho. Maybe I'm slow on the uptake or something, but I never suspected her in Rip, Nora, Drew, or Maeve's murders. And that freaks me the hell out.I never suspected that the pilot was the leader of the cult. I honestly thought it was Father Jake. And Spurrier? That pilot is a freaking creeper. Who the hell creeps around watching people having sex? Apparently he does since he watched Jules and Trent through Trent's window!I absolutely loved Cooper Trent and I love that he was a cowboy Shay is a psycho. Maybe I'm slow on the uptake or something, but I never suspected her in Rip, Nora, Drew, or Maeve's murders. And that freaks me the hell out.I never suspected that the pilot was the leader of the cult. I honestly thought it was Father Jake. And Spurrier? That pilot is a freaking creeper. Who the hell creeps around watching people having sex? Apparently he does since he watched Jules and Trent through Trent's window!I absolutely loved Cooper Trent and I love that he was a cowboy. I found it was hilarious, also that he was a cowboy turned cop turned private investigator turned rancher. And, I was freaking out and teary-eyed when Spurrier and Zach tried to kill Trent.I adored Jules. She was a great heroine: loyal, smart, dedicated. Although, she was definitely blinded by familial loyalty. But, who the hell can blame her? Would you be okay with the idea that your baby sister was some kind of psychotic, sociopathic, mass murderer? I know I wouldn't be.I loved when Trent finally freaking kissed Jules and they had sex. All that pent up sexual tension and old memories were getting to them and me.I absolutely loved this book and I got through it much quicker than when I read Lisa Jackson's Left to Die.
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  • Nisa
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book of Lisa Jackson, who is known as a mystery/suspense writer. As a fan of thriller, I like how this story ended -- twisted ending, that is. I never did expect it that way.Rating: 3.5 starsSynopsisThis story is about how Shaylee Stillman, Jules' rebellious younger half sister, is sent to a correctional school for troubled teenagers. Jules does not agree with her mother's decision of sending Shay away to Blue Rock Academy, as the school has recently had a missing student case a This is my first book of Lisa Jackson, who is known as a mystery/suspense writer. As a fan of thriller, I like how this story ended -- twisted ending, that is. I never did expect it that way.Rating: 3.5 starsSynopsisThis story is about how Shaylee Stillman, Jules' rebellious younger half sister, is sent to a correctional school for troubled teenagers. Jules does not agree with her mother's decision of sending Shay away to Blue Rock Academy, as the school has recently had a missing student case and an alleged romantic relationship between a teacher and a student, in which the teacher was let go. Jules, who was very suspicious of the school, applied for a teaching job there in order to investigate the two cases and show that the school is not right for Shay. Surprisingly, she found her ex-lover, Trent Cooper, who was also teaching at the school. In a short period of time while Jules was at the school, more mysteries and murders started to surface. (I will not disclose the ending, though).Likes-- twisted ending! Dislikes- I don't think the sexual scenes and fantasies/imaginations are that necessary to the story.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Jules Farentino’s half sister, Shay is such a trouble maker. Unfortunately, Shay has used up all of her chances. Their mother sends Shay to Blue Rock Academy. A school for troubled teens. Jules has a bad feeling about Blue Rock Academy. Jules’s mother tells Jules there is nothing to worry about. Yeah then why has Lauren Conway, a student at Blue Rock Academy been missing for six months and no one knows of her whereabouts? Jules must find a way to get Shay out of Blue Rock Academy before she beco Jules Farentino’s half sister, Shay is such a trouble maker. Unfortunately, Shay has used up all of her chances. Their mother sends Shay to Blue Rock Academy. A school for troubled teens. Jules has a bad feeling about Blue Rock Academy. Jules’s mother tells Jules there is nothing to worry about. Yeah then why has Lauren Conway, a student at Blue Rock Academy been missing for six months and no one knows of her whereabouts? Jules must find a way to get Shay out of Blue Rock Academy before she becomes the next victim. Without Mercy really packs the punches and the adrenaline rush. I am a big fan of Lisa Jackson’s and have read almost all of her books. I have to admit that it has been a little while since I have enjoyed myself reading one of her books, until now. The ending for this book leaves much to be desired. I know it is intentional as there will be a follow up book. I just finished this one and already am impatient for the next one. Julies is a fighter. She is the best big sister anyone could ask for. Shay turned out to be a huge surprise. I don’t want to get on her bad side. Without Mercy will make you scream mercy for more!
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  • Starre
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book by Lisa Jackson. It started out pretty good and then it just sort of fizzled a bit in the middle. I felt it was waaaaaay too long, over 500 pages of redundancy. So it was okay. The whole ending was a bit disappointing and the mystery just wasn't that great. The person they revealed as the "Leader" at the end just left me with a "meh" feeling and the reasoning behind all the mayhem was just so so. The ending left me feeling like...What the what! That's it?! I didn't feel li This was my first book by Lisa Jackson. It started out pretty good and then it just sort of fizzled a bit in the middle. I felt it was waaaaaay too long, over 500 pages of redundancy. So it was okay. The whole ending was a bit disappointing and the mystery just wasn't that great. The person they revealed as the "Leader" at the end just left me with a "meh" feeling and the reasoning behind all the mayhem was just so so. The ending left me feeling like...What the what! That's it?! I didn't feel like it was wrapped up very well. The romance between Julia and the cowboy dude (I already forgot his name) was blah and unbelievable. The whole thing with Julia pushing him away and then getting mad that he stayed away for 5 years is just ridiculous. I don't like these silly little romance games. So, all in all it was just okay for me. I might give another book of Jackson's a go after I've forgotten about this book.
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  • Chana
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty good for the genre of romantic mystery thriller. The story is tightly written with plenty of plot twists, tension, atmosphere and readability.Jules little sister Shaylee is being sent to a school for troubled teens. The school is located in the mountains of Oregon, very isolated, and even though all the literature looks great Jules is suspicious that all is not as ideal as it seems. She decides to investigate this school and get her sister out. This leads her to take a teaching position Pretty good for the genre of romantic mystery thriller. The story is tightly written with plenty of plot twists, tension, atmosphere and readability.Jules little sister Shaylee is being sent to a school for troubled teens. The school is located in the mountains of Oregon, very isolated, and even though all the literature looks great Jules is suspicious that all is not as ideal as it seems. She decides to investigate this school and get her sister out. This leads her to take a teaching position at the school, but actually just taking the position to figure out what is going on and getting Shaylee out of there. When she gets there she finds out that her old boyfriend is also there under false pretenses investigating the disappearance of a young woman from the school. Crazy school, lots of wackos, but love rekindled.
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  • Lori Henrich
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this. It kept my attention until the very end. The ending made me wonder if there was going to be a sequel to this. Shay is sent to a private school for troubled kids in Oregon. She isn't happy about it and begs her half sister Jules to get her out of going. Jules tries to talk their mother out of sending her there, but it is an order from a judge so she doesn't really have much choice in the matter. Jules feels that there is something off at this school especially since one of I really enjoyed this. It kept my attention until the very end. The ending made me wonder if there was going to be a sequel to this. Shay is sent to a private school for troubled kids in Oregon. She isn't happy about it and begs her half sister Jules to get her out of going. Jules tries to talk their mother out of sending her there, but it is an order from a judge so she doesn't really have much choice in the matter. Jules feels that there is something off at this school especially since one of the students has disappeared without a trace. Jules decides to apply for a job at the school so that she can check out what is really going on there, with the hopes of removing her sister from a bad situation.Fast moving with some twists and turns and an unexpected ending. Well worth the read.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    I could NOT finish this book, and I very, very rarely give up on a book but this one irritated me from the very beginning. I couldn't take anymore of Jules' "poor baby sister Shay". I was yelling at the book... its #!@#!! court ordered to go to the damn school... I guess juvy would have been a better choice?!?! Jules was not a character I could like or respect and that just did it in. Cooper wasn't much better. I struggled to even make it close to halfway. This is one of only 2 books I have ever I could NOT finish this book, and I very, very rarely give up on a book but this one irritated me from the very beginning. I couldn't take anymore of Jules' "poor baby sister Shay". I was yelling at the book... its #!@#!! court ordered to go to the damn school... I guess juvy would have been a better choice?!?! Jules was not a character I could like or respect and that just did it in. Cooper wasn't much better. I struggled to even make it close to halfway. This is one of only 2 books I have ever not finished and I plan to give the other one another chance, this one I've already archived. I was equally mad that I'd paid $10 for it on ebook. I have read Jackson's Montana and New Orleans series and those are so much better which made this doubly disappointing. I'd give negative stars if I could.
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  • Sarabh
    January 1, 1970
    Que dire de ce roman… Un pur thriller qui vous tient en haleine jusqu’à ses dernières pages. Un petit reproche, qui est aussi une force c’est le détail de certains passages qui font traîner le récit d’une part, mais qui nous sème le doute d’une autre part. Différents profils « dérangés » le nombre de suspects augmente et ce n’est que du pur plaisir. Un petit pavé de 600 pages qui à la 500ème page tu te dis avoir tout vu et paff !! un autre crime! J’invite les gens qui aiment le suspens, les enqu Que dire de ce roman… Un pur thriller qui vous tient en haleine jusqu’à ses dernières pages. Un petit reproche, qui est aussi une force c’est le détail de certains passages qui font traîner le récit d’une part, mais qui nous sème le doute d’une autre part. Différents profils « dérangés » le nombre de suspects augmente et ce n’est que du pur plaisir. Un petit pavé de 600 pages qui à la 500ème page tu te dis avoir tout vu et paff !! un autre crime! J’invite les gens qui aiment le suspens, les enquêtes, les jeux de rôle à s’y plonger les yeux fermés. Un conseil : Armez-vous de patience et ouvrez bien l’œil, chaque détail compte. Je peux vous assurer que vous ne vous y attendez pas à cette révélation à la fin
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  • The TBR Pile *Book review site*
    January 1, 1970
    Enter Paperback contest here: http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/1/post/2...Two words: Loved it! Jules is fantastic. All she cares about is keeping her sister safe, despite Shay being a brat most of the time. Trent is delicious. The main focus of the story is the mystery, the secrets in this school and let me tell you, what a ride Without Mercy is! I was up until three am reading this, I could not put it down. The story progresses and theory’s of truth come together in an shocking explosion. Then I go Enter Paperback contest here: http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/1/post/2...Two words: Loved it! Jules is fantastic. All she cares about is keeping her sister safe, despite Shay being a brat most of the time. Trent is delicious. The main focus of the story is the mystery, the secrets in this school and let me tell you, what a ride Without Mercy is! I was up until three am reading this, I could not put it down. The story progresses and theory’s of truth come together in an shocking explosion. Then I got to the end and Oh. My. God! No freaking way and that is how I’m ending this review. I’m not telling the huge, unbelievable bomb that Ms. Jackson dropped. Get your butt out of that chair and go buy this book.
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  • Amy Rosenkoetter
    January 1, 1970
    She kept me guessing right to the end which I liked. Just when I was getting disappointed because the answer was rather mundane, she turned the tables and I was reminded of the one mystery that remained unsolved. Excellent piece!The one thing I rolled my eyes at was that at the beginning the main character's former boyfriend, who is, of course, her one twue wuv (gag) happens to be working at the same school for troubled kids that her sister gets shunted off to. Really? *sigh* Couldn't we have go She kept me guessing right to the end which I liked. Just when I was getting disappointed because the answer was rather mundane, she turned the tables and I was reminded of the one mystery that remained unsolved. Excellent piece!The one thing I rolled my eyes at was that at the beginning the main character's former boyfriend, who is, of course, her one twue wuv (gag) happens to be working at the same school for troubled kids that her sister gets shunted off to. Really? *sigh* Couldn't we have gotten him there another way? One that didn't require so much suspension of my disbelief?That's honestly the only problem I had. The story line was well-conceived, well written, and moved right along.
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  • Wiam
    January 1, 1970
    c'etait vraiment une lecture acharnante dans le debut du livre mais maintenant je trouve que tout est boulversé je commence à m'ennuyer en attendant ....(je veux pas donner des spoilers à propos de l'histoire mais bref je vais continuer ma lecture car il ne me reste que 150pages un peu près ...
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  • Kris
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was pretty good! Not the outcome I expected..so that was good! Advice? Pay close attention to the characters in the first part of the book, no matter how insignificant they seem, they will matter later!
  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    I kept wanting to just get to the end of this book. The book was chaotic, with too many characters and not a lot of clarity. There were also some pockets of really bad writing with too many exclamation points. I've enjoyed Lisa Jackson books before, but would skip this one.
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  • Naomi Blackburn
    January 1, 1970
    This book was OK..it really didn't pop but it did keep me entertained. I would probably give this author another try.
  • Veronica Wellington
    January 1, 1970
    This book started out really well, and had me really interested. Then it all seemed to fall apart. (view spoiler)[I didn't care for the cringe worthy flirting. There were just too many smiles and light-hearted jokes in what should have been a thrilling and intimidating moment. I can really appreciate a blossoming romance between characters in novels, but it must be done in a realistic manner for the situation at hand. I don't mean to sound perverted, but there was a sexual component in "the lead This book started out really well, and had me really interested. Then it all seemed to fall apart. (view spoiler)[I didn't care for the cringe worthy flirting. There were just too many smiles and light-hearted jokes in what should have been a thrilling and intimidating moment. I can really appreciate a blossoming romance between characters in novels, but it must be done in a realistic manner for the situation at hand. I don't mean to sound perverted, but there was a sexual component in "the leader" as he was fantasizing Shay which ended up going no where. I honestly thought when reading the novel that it would turn into some sort of sexual cult, but it was not mentioned again when the villain was revealed. Again, not to sound perverted, but it was disappointing. The reveal was confusing to me, as to who the real "bad guy" was and what their intentions really were. Perhaps I missed something. (hide spoiler)]I really enjoyed Lisa Jackson's book Whispers, so I'm not going to let this one discourage me.
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  • Athena
    January 1, 1970
    Its alright, the repeating of info is mind numbing, and the romance is so "sweet" its a bit painful at times. however, flaws aside the mystery murders is interesting. some times its a bit corny but by the end it makes up for it by being super twisted.I've read this a few times over the year, and say that I second everyone that says this is a bit cheesy, simple and not super interesting. its not amazing nor will it change your life, but going in with your eyes open will hopefully you can find som Its alright, the repeating of info is mind numbing, and the romance is so "sweet" its a bit painful at times. however, flaws aside the mystery murders is interesting. some times its a bit corny but by the end it makes up for it by being super twisted.I've read this a few times over the year, and say that I second everyone that says this is a bit cheesy, simple and not super interesting. its not amazing nor will it change your life, but going in with your eyes open will hopefully you can find some kind of enjoyment, not unlike watching a campy scary movie or tv series.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Second time reading after 7 years. Decent plot up until the ending. Too convoluted with twists coming like fireworks. Dealt with secluded school for troubled adolescents, with the expected strange staff. A couple of faux teachers investigating and whispers of spying and cults.
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