Freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published October 19th 2014
How long is too long before you let go of someone you love? Do we ever really stop grieving? In Jodi Picoult's latest novel, "Leaving Time', she explores just that. Through her unique and much adored writing style, we meet an amazing array of characters, each bringing their own flavour to the story.
13 year old Jenna lost her mother, Alice, when she was just a baby. Or more accurately, Jenna's mother disappeared. 10 years on, Jenna still has so many unanswered questions. What happened that night her mother vanished? What caused her father to be admitted to a psychiatric ward? Is her mother dead or hiding out somwhere else without her and if so, why was she left behind?
Although Alice is no longer in the picture, through her journal entries, we get a feel for the life she leads as she works in Africa, studying Elephant herds and how grief affects them, her happiness as she falls for Thomas, a like minded Elephant enthusiast, her excitement upon discovering her pregnancy and her big move back to the US to work with Thomas at his Elephant sanctuary. Jubilation slowly fades to doubt and regret when Alice realises that people aren't always who they appear to be...
Me with my copy of "Leaving Time"
Jenna, armed with her sidekicks-Virgil, a retired cop now turned investigator who originally handled the case of Alice's disappearance and Serenity, a once gifted psychic until a prediction turned tragic leaving her giftless-this quirky trio are now on the trail, hoping to unravel the mystery surrounding Jenna's mothers vanishing.
True to form, "Leaving Time" is another emotional wrencher from the amazing author that is Jodi Picoult. With a twist you will not see coming, an amazing storyline with a fantastic cast of characters, this goes up there with the best of her work. Having read the 405 pages in two days, I was left heartbroken, overjoyed and truly awed that a writer can cause her readers to evoke such emotion from the written word. Definitely a 10 out of 10.
A good book review Ron. I have just finished reading Leaving Time and like you I got through it very quickly, it is hard to put down. You're right, the twist was a real surprise; dare I say her best yet.