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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving TimeI’m a big fan of Jodi Picoult so when the advanced reader’s edition of her new title showed up I was quick to grab it.  I don’t know how she does it but her books always seem to have a surprise twist that leaves me thinking about the characters and what happened long after I’m done reading.  This title is no exception but it’s also unlike any of her other work.

The story centers on 13-year-old Jenna Metcalf, who is a bit obsessed with finding her mother Alice.  Alice disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident when Jenna was only 3-years-old.  Jenna refuses to believe that her mother would abandon her.  She searches relentlessly for any trace of her online and studies her mother’s old journals.

Jenna decides to go on a quest to find her mother, with the aid of a psychic named Serenity Jones, and a private detective named Virgil Stanhope.  They are quite the interesting trio and it keeps you on the edge of your seat as they try to piece together the past and find out what happened the day that Jenna’s mother disappeared.

For me, I think the most intriguing part of this book was reading about Jenna’s mother, Alice, who is a scientist that studied elephant behavior, mainly grief.  You learn so many facts about the fascinating animals.

Jodi Picoult does not disappoint with this title.  It’s a thought-provoking and moving story that I couldn’t put down.

– Janell

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