Book Review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

I have been a massive fan of Jodi Picoult ever since I discovered the first of her books in a local newsagent for €5. These days, I can’t wait until they are reduced and have the book almost as soon as it hits the shops. Leaving Time was no exception.

‘Leaving Time’ tells the story of Jenna Metcalf, a teenage girl who has never gotten over the disappearance of her mother, a scientist studying elephant grief who vanished ten years ago. After feeling like she has exhausted all the search routes available to her, Jenna enlists the help of Serenity Jones, a psychic for missing people, and Virgil Stanhope, who originally investigated Alice’s disappearance.

For the first time before reading a Jodi Picoult book, I was a bit skeptical about whether I would enjoy it. They were several negative reviews on Goodreads which stuck in my head, namely that there was too much focus on elephants throughout the story. After finishing the book, I found that I disagreed with these statements. The information about grief in elephants and how they deal with motherhood fit perfectly with the story. I also learned some new and rather interesting facts, which is always a positive. Even if one doesn’t enjoy the many elephant facts provided, the sheer amount of research put into the book must be admired.

The story itself, regarding Jenna, Alice and the other characters, is gripping. Like with all of Picoult’s books, it was a completely different story and a true page-turner. For me, there are two factors which make a great book: a plotline which has you continually changing your mind regarding the outcome, and an ending which you never would have guessed. Both of these factors were very strong in ‘Leaving Time’.

The characters in the book were also likeable. They each had their own story and it was interesting to see their layers unravel the nearer the ending was. I didn’t find that I could really relate with any of the characters, but there were perfect examples of how not everything is as it seems.

I really don’t have anything bad to say about this book. In true Jodi Picoult fashion, it didn’t leave me down one bit. And I know now to take online reviews with a pinch of salt.

Are you a Jodi Picoult fan? What is your favourite book?

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