Leaving Time

A Novel

Picoult, Jodi

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Leaving Time
"Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance and the death of one of her mother's co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters"--
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345544926
Characteristics: 405 pages ;,25 cm


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Jan 22, 2015
  • blueline rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book, I was taken back with all the research needed to explain elephant behaviour. The ending was not expected but when I re-read parts of the book it was there, just didn't see it.

Jan 17, 2015
  • desku rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the book. the amount of research gone into the book was fantastic and maybe because I love elephants the book was a pleasure from the beginning to end. The lot of twists and a very different end was perhaps what made it more interesting to me.

This is the first book that I have read by Jodi Picoult. Overall it was a good book but would have liked to see less about elephants and more about the family in general. Has lots of twists and turns though and a shocking ending.

This is my first selection by Picoult. It was a decent read that kept my attention with a few twists through the length of the book. I was disappointed with the ending. The true stars of the novel are the elephants. I enjoyed learning more about these beautiful beasts.

Jan 04, 2015
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was a bit luke warm about this book as I was reading it but a big unpredictable twist at the very end pulled the story line together for me and raised my opinion of the book. Beware of spoilers if you intend to read it

Dec 30, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a great book! One of Picoult's best!

Dec 26, 2014
  • karen9 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well written, I initially read "My Sister's Keeper" by this author, and despite the tragic ending I really enjoyed it. I decided to give this one a try as well, this is also very well written. Very different in a sense from My Sister's Keeper, however it's more entangled with general fiction and a bit of mystery mixed in it. Engaging and compelling novel, I felt my own interests in elephants increase drastically after the story. I anticipated that the ending would be a bit sad, however the twist at the end was a complete surprise. I began disliking Alice half way through when I discovered her reason for her disappearance. It shocked me how Virgil's prediction was correct; part of me was hoping he wasn't. I ended up really liking Virgil's character and Serenity as well, and obviously Jenna was unhateable. I wish it turned out that Alice left for a more plausible reason and rather this. I dislike this reason and made me hate her character later on. At the end, I was hoping that somehow it would compensate for her terrible judgement however it didn't. I guess that's what they say when life isn't fair. It isn't. It's a well written story, and I truly enjoyed it, I just didn't like the twist, I would have been more satisfied with a happy ending.

Dec 22, 2014
  • bridge1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very interesting story. It is a tear jerker!

Dec 08, 2014
  • debwalker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Semi-spoiler alert! Not the ending I wanted but definitely a twist I didn't see coming. And at first didn't find believable - hello,
Dallas Season 9? - but the story stays with you. Now must add elephants to the worry list!

Nov 22, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this one! Quite the twist at the end that I honestly did not see coming. Only reason it wasn't a higher rating was because her usual finesse with transitions was lacking here. Take away though, is that elephants are amazing and fascinating!

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