Looking for a story with a major twist in the end that features elephants, a teenager, a psychic and a private detective then Leaving Time is perfect for you. Jodi Picoult is a very talented author who writes novels with diverse plots and genres.
I actually read a novella that was free on Amazon prior to this book, which was from the viewpoint of the psychic Serenity in Leaving Time. That book is called Where There’s Smoke and explains the background to her character which ties in well with the story in Leaving Time.
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.
Throughout her blockbuster career, Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe). Now, in Leaving Time, she has delivered a book unlike anything she’s written before.
For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pours over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.
As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.
I listened to this on Audible. I have tried to read a couple of Jodi’s novels but struggle to get into them so I decided to try listening to this one. The story is told from 4 people’s perspective, Jenna, the daughter whose looking for her mother, Serenity, a fallen psychic tv presenter, Virgil, a private detective who initially investigated Jenna’s mother’s disappearance and Alice, Jenna’s mother.
Each character has their own issues, which show through in the way they interact and investigate the disappearance. The back story to each of the characters is hinted at expertly by Picoult, allowing the reader to gain a deeper understanding of why the characters are like this.
Running along in the background of this mystery is the elephants. Stunning, amazing creatures, this book shares information on their behaviour and endangerment. Jodi really did her research into this animals and it really shows in this book.
As for the twist at the end, I can usually see what is coming, but this book completely got me. Looking back, there were very subtle hints as to what was really happening, but not enough to allow me to guess before the end.
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; 01 edition (16 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444778161
- ISBN-13: 978-1444778168
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