Monday, 12 January 2015

Jodi Picoult Leaving Time book review

During Jodi's tour at the back end of last year, I purchased her new book Leaving Time.

Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing.

Over ten years have passed, and still Jenna reads and rereads her mother's journals, hoping to find some clue hidden there, in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants.

Desperate for answers, Jenna uses all her savings to recruit the aid of a private detective - and a psychic.

Jenna knows her mother loved her.  She knows she would not leave her.  And she will not rest until she finds out what happened that night.

In her most gripping mystery since House Rules, Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl's determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be.

As House Rules is my favourite Jodi Picoult novel, I was interested to see if this book would match it for 'un-put-down-ability' and it certainly did, it was so engrossing in fact, that I was up until the early hours finishing it.  I love Jodi's multiple character narratives (this time from three POVs) and fascinating subject matters - grief and loss in terms of elephant behaviour and the love between a mother and daughter. 

Having read her short story 'Where There's Smoke' featuring Serenity Jones, I was looking forward to more from the failed psychic and I found both her and Jenna, the most engaging characters.  Less so was Virgil, the alcoholic ex-detective, but maybe this was due to the fact that he was not given as many chapters from his point of view.

As usual, the research that Jodi must have done for the novel, does not read dry, it is given using the most heart-breaking insights into elephant behaviour that touch the reader to the core, making you realise just how similar to humans they are.  By then end of the novel, you will want to either volunteer your time or your money for these fascinating creatures ( as soon as you catch up on your sleep that is.

Once again Jodi Picoult has given us another poignant and riveting drama.                        10/10

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