Tuesday 27 January 2015

Review ~ Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Hodder & Stoughton
November 2014

Jenna Metcalf was just a baby the night her mother disappeared from the New Hampshire Elephant Sanctuary where they lived. Now, ten years later, Jenna enlists the help of disgraced physic, Serenity and disillusioned ex cop, Virgil Stanhope, in the hope of uncovering new evidence which may lead her to her mother whereabouts.

This multi stranded novel unfolds in several different voices all of whom have a part to play in the eventual outcome. The mystery at the heart of the novel is well explored and makes for compelling reading. Jenna is a feisty protagonist, vulnerable and ferocious in equal measure and the way she systematically sets out to find her mother is commendable. However, it’s the background research into elephant behaviour which is the real strength of the novel and it becomes utterly fascinating to learn just what makes these majestic creatures act the way they do.

There is no doubt that Jodi Picoult is the master of her genre, she holds the reader in the palm of her hand and doesn’t let go until the story is finished. 

Without doubt,  Leaving Time is difficult to put down and is one of my favourite of Jodi Picoult's books to date.



  1. Oo, thanks! I read the short taster that came out for this. Your review just reminded me to go back for the whole thing...

    1. Hi mrscarlielee - I'm so glad that my review of Leaving Time has prompted you to read the story for yourself. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Do come back and tell me what you thought of it :)

  2. I've read several of her earlier books and always enjoyed them, Jo. They seemed to be getting a little formulaic though so I haven't read one in a few years. This one sounds really different, must give it a go too!

    1. Hi Peggy Anne. I enjoyed her early books too - but agree she went slightly too formulaic. I think she is definitely back on track with this one :)


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