I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult. Her books always seem to touch on the untouchable; the conversation no one wants to have, the situation in which no one wants to find themselves. She always sparks something in me to learn all I can about the underlying topic about that which she is writing. Or, at the very least, devour her latest novel. So, you can imagine that I was more than a little excited to receive an advanced copy of her newest book – Leaving Time – available TODAY.
About the book:
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.
Leaving Time was so hard for me to get in to. The story began slow for me… I struggled through tons of detail about elephants, with not nearly enough character development for my taste. But boy, did that change. By Part Two, I couldn’t put the book down. Those “details” only added a layer to the story that wouldn’t have been possible any other way. And, since I won’t give away the ending, I will just say that the ending made the slow start totally worth it!
Get your own copy of Leaving Time at Walmart and Walmart.com for only $16.80 ($11.20 off the list price!)
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