Title: Leaving Time
Author: Jodi Picoult
E-Book ISBN: 978-0-345-54493-3
Published: October 14th 2014 by Ballantine Books, New York.
Jenna Metcalfe is 13 years old and desperately wants to find her mother. Alice Metcalfe has been missing for the past 10 years after a mysterious death of one of the employees at the elephant sanctuary that she owned with her husband Thomas. Alice was taken to hospital with a head injury after the accident but checked herself out and disappeared before she was questioned by police. Thomas had a mental breakdown and was institutionalized leaving Jenna to live with her grandmother. Jenna enlists the help of Serenity Jones, a disgraced former psychic to the stars who has lost her psychic ability and Virgil Stanhope, the original detective for Alice’s case who is now an alcoholic private investigator, to help her find out what happened to Alice once and for all.
Similarly to a lot of Jodi Picoult’s books, “Leaving Time” is written by several of the main character’s point of view. This can take a little while to get used to but I find that it does get easier to keep track of everyone after a while. Alice’s entries contain some fascinating facts about elephants and Jodi has obviously done an amazing amount of research on this subject. She is also incredibly passionate about elephant conservation which I found to resonate really well with Alice’s character. I recommend a visit the website of The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee which features in the book if you are interested in finding out more about elephant conservation.
“Leaving Time” is about motherhood, grief, ghosts, memories and the connection between humans and animals with a lot of mystery and suspense thrown in for good measure. The more I read of this book, the more I desperately had to find out what on earth happened to Alice. I can guarantee that the twist at the end will knock your socks off!