Review & Giveaway: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

leaving-time“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 that she would be abandoned as a young child, 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. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who 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.” – Goodreads

Oh, y’all. Y’all, y’all, y’all. Have I got the book for you. I do not know what is up with all the haters, because Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (October, 2014) will positively curl your toes! In her most recent novel, Picoult has run off of the beaten path, straying from her usual successful formula (drama + courtroom drama + dramatic twist) and forged into new territory. Oh, and trust me, y’all – she has hit it. Out. Of. The. Park.

When Jenna Metcalf was three years old, a mysterious death occurred at the elephant sanctuary she and her parents lived on. That same night Jenna’s mother, Alice, disappeared, and her father was institutionalized due to mental illness. Jenna wound up in her grandmother’s care, although it’s not quite clear how that happened.

Now, at age thirteen, Jenna is tired of wondering where Alice is and is taking action. Her own detective skills can take her only so far, so she seeks additional assistance. Out of her limited options, Jenna chooses a washed-up psychic, Serenity Jones, and an alcoholic, ex-cop PI, Virgil Stanhope. Together. the trio works to solve the mystery of Alice’s disappearance and what exactly happened on that tragic evening ten long years ago.

As often happens in Picoult’s writing, this story is narrated by the various characters. Also woven into the narrative are Alice’s scientific journals and observations of elephant behavior. As the story advances, the layers begin to peel away and readers are introduced to many different theories as to the reason for Alice’s disappearance. As more and more pieces of the puzzle fit together, Jenna’s memory of the night in question – and the time surrounding it – begins to emerge. Slowly the smoke begins to clear until everything comes together in a shocking twist that the reader (aka: you!) will never see coming.

My favorite character by far was Serenity Jones. I had read about her previously in Picoult’s e-short story, Where There’s Smoke, a prequel to Leaving Time, which had left me all the more anxious to get to the actual novel. It was interesting to watch Virgil’s struggle against his own demons as he journeyed from despair and loneliness to having something to fight for as he joined forces with Jenna and Serenity. Readers also had a chance to meet Alice Metcalf in yet another e-short story prequel, titled Larger Than Life. As in Leaving Time, the observations of elephant behavior were a bit extensive and have been a cause of complaint for certain other readers, however, I found the extra detail informative and fascinating.

The big seller here, folks, is the ending. Ah-ma-zing. It absolutely blew me away, and that does not happen very often. As soon as I finished the novel, so much made sense to me. There were all of these little inconsistencies that had been bothering me from the prequels and all throughout the novel, and suddenly it all came together for me. I can’t wait to read this one again!

My only regret is that none of my friends are readers, so I have no one to gift with this novel! Thus, I am holding a book giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a brand-new, hardcover copy of Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult! The winner will be chosen at random, of course. To enter, you need to do three things:

  1. Follow this blog.
  2. “Like” Pathologically Literate on Facebook
  3. Leave a comment on this post stating your Facebook name, and the name of the book you’re currently reading.

And that is how you do it, folks. The giveaway will be open to entries until 11:59 PM on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. A winner will be announced on Monday, December 8th, 2014. Good luck!

{This giveaway is in no way associated with Jodi Picoult or Ballantine Books. It is furnished solely by me, myself, and I.}

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Read it today!

5 stars

Source: Lincoln City Libraries



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4 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

  1. 2 old 2 love snooki says:

    Thanks for this type of giveaway contest. I am not sure what my facebook name is but I think it is cjean1975. I am currently reading: The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well

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