Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
(Ballantine Books, 2014, 405 pages)
Leaving Time is about a young girl named Jenna Metcalf who has been searching for her mother, Alice, for over a decade. Alice disappeared the same night as the tragic death of one of her colleagues. Jenna is determined to find the answer to a question that has been haunting her; was her mother taken away by force or did she choose to leave? Her mother was a research scientist who studied elephants. When she disappeared she left behind her research notes. Jenna is poring over the notes in hopes to find some clues as to why her mother vanished. She eventually realizes that she is going to need help and she looks to two unlikely people. First is Serenity Jones, a psychic that used to help with searching for missing people. The second is Virgil Stanhope who turns out to be the detective that investigated Alice’s case that was linked to the death of her colleague.
Leaving Time is a very interesting and poignant story that focuses a lot on the maternal bond between elephants as well as humans. The characters were well developed and Picoult fine tunes the details so it is very easy to picture the characters and the setting ; it’s as if you were actually a part of the story. This turned out to be a pretty entertaining mystery. It is clever how Picoult intertwines the clues so that when you think you might have it figured out, the plot thickens! Great read!