The first time I was introduced to Jodi Picoult was when I was in England March 2005. There were posters everywhere for My Sister’s Keeper. I picked the book up at Heathrow and spent 10 hours reading the entire book on the flight home. Ever since then, I have devoured everything Jodi has written.
Jodi is one of the best storytellers of our generation. She sucks the reader into the story, makes the reader care for the characters, and keeps you captive until the last word. Oh, and she always throws in a shocking twist at the end. Leaving Time is no different.
Leaving Time is about Jenna who is looking for her Mom Alice, who has been missing for 10 years. Jenna hasn’t seen her Mom since she was three, when one of the caretakers at the elephant sanctuary is trampled and Jenna’s Mom was injured and taken to the hospital. It’s also about Serenity, a psychic that Jenna approaches to help her find Alice.
I remember Serenity from another book but I can’t remember which one. I love that Jodi pulled her into another story. This is also about Virgil, one of the detectives who investigated what happened that night at the sanctuary and about how the case has bothered him for 10 years.The story is told by different viewpoints throughout the book. Alice talks about the backstory and reveals to the reader what was happening leading up to that tragic night. Virgil, Serenity and Jenna mainly reveal what is happening in the investigation. Jenna also has some memories about her first three years with her parents at the sanctuary.
I have two words for this book…Wait what?? I might need to repeat myself because I said it a few times while reading this book. Just like any other Jodi Picoult book, there is a big shock at the end. I kept thinking I knew what happened and then it would change. Then I would think I had it solved and it would change again. Then Jodi would break my heart.
This story is well worth the read. I would love to see it as a movie. Think about reading the prequel novella Larger Than Life. It explains Alice’s life while in Africa.
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.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat