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Book Review: Leaving Time

… by Jodi Picoult.

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Thirteen year old Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother Alice, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances a decade ago. A scientist researching grief in elephants, Alice disappeared from the sanctuary one night after the death of one of the staff. Jenna who lives with her maternal grandmother, cannot understand why her mother would leave her and continues to search for her. Unfortunately, her father Thomas is in a psychiatric facility with no concept of reality. Jenna obtains the help of a disgraced psychic Serenity and the ex-cop who worked on the case at the time, Virgil to help find the whereabouts of her mother. While the bond between a mother and daughter is strong, sometimes, when you start to look for answers, you can get more than you bargained for.

In Picoult’s latest book, she explores memories and trauma not just among elephants but more so, among human beings. How does a child cope with being abandoned? How does a mother deal with grief? Is there more in this world than what science can explain?

Jodi Picoult uses her now familiar multi-narration style through the book. I enjoyed the characters of Jenna and Virgil immensely and also found Serenity likeable. I will admit that some of the things around the elephants were a tad boring for me and I skim-read them. Alice was a character that confused me. On the one hand she is meant to be likeable but on the other hand, there are some behaviours of hers that I personally do not agree with and therefore, could not find myself empathising with her. I like flawed characters but there are some flaws I cannot forgive. All in all though, it was an enjoyable read with a twist in the end I never saw coming.

My rating:

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Until next time,

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  • Sumit
    November 21, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Sounds great..!!

    Am going to buy it soon. Thanks for telling this.
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  • Sumit
    November 21, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Sounds great..!!

    Am going to buy it soon. Thanks for telling this.
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  • Kinmin
    November 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, and this seems like an interesting book. I hope to read it soon! 🙂
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  • Kinmin
    November 23, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, and this seems like an interesting book. I hope to read it soon! 🙂
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    November 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Pretty sure this one is in my Christmas stocking! looking forward to it 🙂
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    November 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Pretty sure this one is in my Christmas stocking! looking forward to it 🙂
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  • Paula
    October 25, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Leaving Time was the first book of Jodi Picoult’s that I ever read. It was a great read and I’m now hooked on her books!
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      October 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Ah…if you liked this, you’ll love some of her others. My favourite is My sisters keeper but I also love Picture perfect, Perfect match, Nineteen minutes. I’ve reviewed them all ?

  • Paula
    October 25, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Leaving Time was the first book of Jodi Picoult’s that I ever read. It was a great read and I’m now hooked on her books!
    Paula recently posted…Saturday Sharing – average sized girls, interviews, and moreMy Profile

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      October 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Ah…if you liked this, you’ll love some of her others. My favourite is My sisters keeper but I also love Picture perfect, Perfect match, Nineteen minutes. I’ve reviewed them all ?

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