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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Leaving Time By Jodi Picoult

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Leaving Time: A Novel is the latest book by Jodi Picoult. If you've never read Jodi Picoult, you're totally missing out. Her books are gripping and full of suspense. Once you start, it is hard to put them down. It's like being sucked into someone's world and not being able to get out until you finish the book. Her books will consume you, even after finishing them, leaving you thinking about them for days.

Leaving Time: A Novel has already received numerous awards for one of the best books in 2014. Here is what the book is about, from Amazon:

Throughout her blockbuster career, 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 novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet—a book 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 she was abandoned, 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: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d 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 page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.


Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. I was so shocked in parts of the book that I had to set it down and take little breaks. I would have to say that it's the most shocking and dramatic book that I've read in a long time. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is because the basic premise has been done before. I really can't tell you more than that. I highly recommend reading it. Below, I'm going to list my favorites from Picoult. They're great reads and perfect for winter.

Leaving Time: A Novel
Nineteen Minutes: A novel
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel
The Tenth Circle: A Novel
Handle with Care: A Novel

What is your favorite Jodi Picoult book?