Title: Leaving Time
Author: Jodi Picoult
Where I Got It: Honestly, I cannot remember.
Why I Read It: I originally read it because Jodi is one of my favorite authors, and I had heard it was one of her better reads.
Rating: 5 Book Marks
Overview: This is a book about finding and losing love, children, finding answers to questions you did not think you’d ever have answered, and the love for a job that is your passion – Elephants
Let me first start this off by saying — WOW! Jodi Picoult books are always amazing, and a page turner, but this one by far topped it for me, thus far. It was a book that she wrote that was not like her others at all.
All of her books she does outstanding research for before writing/finishing the book. For example, the biggest part of this book is about a love of Elephants and a job of rescuing them, and keeping them safe from harm, etc. She did an amazing job at keeping the facts straight, correct, and letting us learn about the habitat, behaviors, love, etc. of these giant animals. Without that, I believe that it would be a hard book to read. Speaking of this, however, I would rate the book at a 4.5 ONLY because of ME, and NOT because of the book. I had a hard time concentrating on the parts about the elephants, but I honestly think that was me, and not the book. Without it, the book would not have been what it was.
We read about quite a few important characters throughout the book, but I think my favorite character was Jenna. Jenna is the daughter to the late Alice. Alice mysteriously disappeared one night, leaving her daughter Jenna, behind. Jenna now lives with her Grandma, and Jenna wants answers as to where her Mom is, and why she did not take Jenna with her. So, Jenna decides she is going to hire the detective named Virgil (who is no longer working as a detective) that was originally assigned to her Mom’s missing case, to help her find her Mother. She also finds a psychic named Serenity Jones, to help her gets answers she has questions to. Together, they all go on an adventure turning up old evidence, finding new evidence and seeking favors from old co-workers of Virgil.
To say that this book is a page turner, is an under story. It is gripping, hold on to your seat it’s going to be a fast ride type of story. Not to mention it is very moving.
I had a hard time putting this book down, once I got into it. I kept wanting more. I waned to know what happened to Alice, Jenna’s Mom. I wanted to know why she disappeared all those years ago. I wanted to know what happened to the Elephant Sanctuary after the tragic accident that made Alice leave. I wanted to know where Jenna’s Father was, and WHO Jenna’s father was, for that matter.
And the ending? There are no words to describe how incredibly shocked you will be. There was absolutely no clue, or even small inking as to how this story was going to end. You were a handful of pages to the end, and you couldn’t believe it because there was still one questions remaining: what happened? Oh, but don’t you worry. In those final paragraphs, you get all your questions answered.
Another cool thing about this story is that at the very back of the book, there is a small short story-like that takes place before the story of Leaving Time. It tells more of a background of who Alice was, and how things became what they did all those years before the mysterious disappearance after the tragic accident.
If you’re interested in learning more about Leaving Time, and the studying and learning that Jodi did for this book, you can follow this link to learn more: https://www.jodipicoult.com/leaving-time.html