Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
(Ballantine Books, 2014, 416 pages)
Jenna Metcalf is in need of some answers. Jenna’s mother, Alice, disappeared more than a decade ago after a deadly accident in the elephant sanctuary where she worked with Jenna’s father; a staff member was killed, Alice was found unconscious and then later disappeared from the hospital, and Jenna’s father was committed to a mental institution. Jenna has been searching for her missing mother for years and has decided to take the next step in the case by reaching out to two unlikely sources. First is Serenity Jones, a celebrity psychic who has fallen from grace after several high profile case failures. The next is Virgil Stanhope who was one of the detectives for the elephant sanctuary case and is now a private investigator. When the three of them combine their talents and knowledge, they start to uncover more and more of the truth.
I’ve been a huge Jodi Picoult fan for a long time so part of the challenge with reading her books is trying to figure out the big twist before its revealed. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to figure out half the big twist before I reached the reveal. I love how Picoult left hints throughout the story so the reader could try to piece everything together or look back on all the things that they missed. Alice was a scientist who studied grief in elephants so there was a lot of background information and research that is included on elephants. This kind of included research can sometimes drag the plotline of a fictional story but I found it all so intriguing and it was slowly worked into the story so the reader starts to understand the elephants reactions and habits by the end.