Review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

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Leaving Time

by Jodi Picoult

Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it’s been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment – or worse.

Still Jenna – now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief – steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother’s desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother’s disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of one of her mother’s coworkers.

Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Jodi Picoult’s 21st novel is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.

RRP $32.99 published by Allen and Unwin, October 2014.

With thanks to A&U for providing this copy to review.

Characteristic of Jodi Picoult’s novels, this is is no exception in that it is told from multiple points of view, Alice (Jenna’s Mum) who disappeared 10 years earlier, Jenna who lost her Mum at 3 years of age and is now a precocious 13 year old, Serenity a washed out Psychic and Virgil a drunken detective turned Private Investigator who originally investigated Alice’s disapperance.

The story is heavily detailed with elephant facts as Alice is/was a scientist who has studied elephants, namely their way of dealing with grief, for most of her adult life. The story line can be difficult to follow at times due to the many points of view, and that there are many elephant facts intertwined within the story. However I really enjoyed the novel and the way Jodi told Alice and Jenna’s story.

Also as expected with Jodi’s books there was a twist at the end, I thought it ended fairly abruptly but I also think the ending was in keeping with the book and wasn’t disappointed.

Recommended adult book. 4/5

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