I have been a fan of Jodi Picoult for a long time. She releases a new book almost every year and I always look forward to getting it from my hubby or my girls as a mother’s day gift. This year she released her newest book, Leaving Time, in November so it was a Christmas gift.
This was not my favorite Jodi book but I did enjoy it-after the first half. It was very difficult to get interested in at first but once I got through the first half it began to pick up. The story focuses on Alice who is an elephant researcher running an elephant reserve with her husband, Thomas. There is an accident one day that leaves one person dead, Thomas a mental mess and Alice missing.
Fast forward a decade: Jenna, Alice’s daughter, is thirteen and is desperate to find her missing mother. She consults with Serenity Jones who is a local psychic, and Virgil who is the officer who investigated the accident at the elephant reserve. She wants to know if her mother is dead or alive–and if she is alive, why did she leave Jenna behind?
Jodi Picoult is known for having twists in her books. Sometimes I can figure them out. In Leaving Time, there were several times when I thought I had it all figured out. I would actually put the book down and try to think it all through. Just when I thought I had sorted it all out something would happen to throw me off again. Classic Jodi.
One thing that is obvious with Jodi’s books is the amount of time she puts into research. In this book she shares a lot about elephant behavior and how elephant mothers interact with their offspring. I was fascinated with of the information that she shared.
If you’re a Jodi Picoult fan or you like elephants you will really enjoy this book. If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out the novella Where There’s Smoke which is a prequel and tells more background about Serenity Jones. This is available for free for kindle on Amazon. You can also read the novella Larger Than Life for more background on Alice and her elephant studies.