Monday, February 16, 2015

Leaving Time

Leaving Time
by Jodi Picoult

Genre: Fiction

Synopsis:  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 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: 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.  A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.
from the book jacket

Review: I am a fan of Jodi Picoult's books.  I am always immediately drawn into the story and have a hard time putting the book down.  This book was different.   I had to force myself to keep reading knowing that I normally love Picoult's writing.  I put the book down for a while and came back to it and even then I wasn't as engaged as I normally am with her books.  Perhaps this book focused too much on the research of elephant grief which seemed to weigh the book down.  As I got closer to the ending, I did not like the direction I thought the book was moving in and it disappointed me where I thought the author was going.  Luckily I was wrong but the ending did surprise me.  I was confused by what was going on but everything did get explained by the end.  I believe this book was written well but just not the most interesting or believable subject for me.

Rating: 3 stars

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