Jodi Picoult captivates readers with her blend of character, enthralling plots, and the story’s rich prose, which vividly creates a story that not only awakens the mind but also touches the souls deep within us.
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 that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores 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. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons – only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who 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. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent pause-resister, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.
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“Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core.”—The Boston Globe
“Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss.”—The Washington Post
“A riveting drama.”—Us Weekly
“[A] moving tale.”—People
“A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.”—USA Today
“In Jenna, [Jodi] Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet.”—Bookreporter
“[A] captivating and emotional story.”—BookPage
“With plenty of twists and a surprising ending, [Leaving Time] explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on.”—Woman’s Day
“A moving and emotional story.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A truly engaging read . . . Full of the deep characters and multilayered story lines that have earned [Picoult] a spot in many readers’ hearts.”—Library Journal
“Delivers a powerhouse ending.”—Booklist
“Memorable and poignant.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
Leaving Time is an extraordinary story with good developed characters. Although I understand the author is desperately making a point about the extermination of elephants across the world, the plethora of tragic stories about elephants’ deaths upset me. There were so many accounts of elephants dying in so many different ways, I think I may have become desensitized to the numerous tragedies.
I gave this novel five stars, because the story is unusual and well written. I did not want my own emotions to cloud my judgment when reviewing this book.
It’s a very matter-of-fact book at the start, our hero is an intelligent, funny young teenager named Jenna, who is a great mix of curious and stubborn without being annoyingly precocious. The book slowly starts descending into metaphysics/psychics, and one of the main characters is a disgraced psychic, so we are given hints at it. Still, bringing that element into a book centered around an endangered species and a skeptical ex-cop and scientists could have REALLY failed, if not for Picoult’s deft touch. It really felt like she lived with her cast as she created them, and sometimes I was gripping the book hard, worried about them. As much as I love reading, that doesn’t happen often.
A mix of thriller, mystery, family drama, love story and more… if you’re a Picoult fan, I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed. If you’re a new reader to her, this is a fantastic place to start. Excuse me, now I need to go fix my mascara.
If you like Judi Picoult then I really recommend you read this book. Of course, if you don’t believe in psychics or like elephants then you probably won’t enjoy it.
The story explores the bonds of love between mother and child in both the human and elephant world and what happens when those bonds are broken and there is only grief left. The book is both insightful and moving.
The story moves at a steady pace and twists and turns in all sorts of unexpected directions as 3 of the characters try to unravel a potential murder mystery. I found it easy to jump between characters as they told their own story but I see from the reviews that not everyone thought the same.
Personally, I absolutely loved it. I really do think it’s one of Picoult’s best. I’ve always kind of liked elephants but by the end of this book I think I’ve fallen in love with them.
The characters are great – all so different from each other and completely believable. They’re really flawed, don’t make the best decisions in life and each of them ends up paying for it in some way. The only problems I had were Alice’s loose moral attitude and Jenna’s extremely adult thoughts and conversations. However, I am so glad I persevered because these things were necessary for the story.
The ending was really well written and it had me in tears. This is one of those books I couldn’t put down and was gutted to finish.