Throughout her blockbuster career, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that "not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us" (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new book, she has delivered her most affecting novel yet - and one unlike anything she's written before.
For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons - only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they'll have to face even harder answers.
As Jenna's memories dovetail with the events in her mother's journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent pause-resister, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.
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Heartbreaking story with superb narrators
Well, I finished the audiobook last night and I'm still riveted by it.
The story is kind of unusual, we hear it mostly from Jenna's and Alice's POV but I liked the concept of different narrators for different characters. Each one did an outstanding job!
Hearing Alice talk about the several elephant stories and how they behave when another elephant dies, brought me to tears everytime.
Sometimes Jenna sounded a little too precocious for a 13 year old but I didn't mind very much, because I could always feel her desparation and yearning for a mother she barely remembers.
The end is not what would one expect!
I will hear it once more just to hear all those wonderful elephant stories again.
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- Robert J