Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#19: Leaving Time (Jodi Picoult)

on November 25, 2014

What do elephants, murder, grief, and a psychic have in common? They all feature prominently in Jodi Picoult’s newest offering, Leaving Time. If you have followed my reading adventures for very long, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Picoult’s novels and this one is no exception! I was completely floored by the twist at the end and neglected some responsibilities this afternoon in order to get to the end of the story.

Leaving Time explores the bond between mothers and daughters. Alice is a scientist who has devoted much of her life to the study of elephants and how they deal with grief. Her young daughter, Jenna, is dealing with her own grief due to the tragic events of a single night at the elephant sanctuary. A woman was crushed by one of the elephants, Jenna’s father lands in a mental institution, and her mother is nowhere to be found. Desperate for answers, Jenna hires a washed up private investigator and a psychic of questionable abilities to aid in her search. In typical Picoult fashion, the story is carefully woven as each of these characters share their tale. The result is a beautifully crafted work that will move you to tears and stretch your imagination.

This is one of the best books I’ve read all year! It’s definitely not to be missed.


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