Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult review
Now this was the Jodi Picoult book I was expecting to read, unlike when I started Off the Page. The one thing that I ask of you is to put all beliefs aside when you read this book. It can be pretty far out there concerning certain situations, but it’s definitely a book that makes you think hard about certain aspects of your life. :)
The book starts out my making you think we’re going to learn about elephant behavior and how it could possibly relate to human behavior. It discusses grief, sadness, as well as the circle of life when it comes to elephants in captivity and the wild. But then we also realize that this book is also about human behavior when it comes to grief, sadness, as well as the circle of life for people of all walks of life.
We meet Jenna Metcalf who was only three years old when her mother disappeared from an elephant sanctuary. Now, ten years later, she takes up the search for her mother, Alice, by studying Alice’s decade-old journals on grieving elephants. Jenna enlists the help of a formerly famous psychic, as well as a down-and-out PI detective whose career went south during the botched investigation of Alice’s disappearance. As the facts begin to come together it all heads toward a thrilling and surprising conclusion (I mean, what would be a Jodi Picoult book without this type of ending?).
You’ll definitely need some tissues when finishing this book. It’s so well written, heart wrenching, and just an adorably written book. Another score for Ms. Picoult!