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Review: LEAVING TIME, Jodi Picoult

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“It’s worth reading just for the ending!”


Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult returns with her compulsive new novel - about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind; about the staying power of love; and about how three broken souls might have just the right pieces to mend each other.

Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing.

Over ten years have passed, and still Jenna reads and rereads her mother's journals, hoping to find some clue hidden there, in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants.

Desperate for answers, Jenna uses all her savings to recruit the aid of a private detective - and a psychic.

Jenna knows her mother loved her. She knows she would not leave her. And she will not rest until she finds out what happened that night. In her most gripping mystery since House Rules, Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl's determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be.


This is one of those rare books: easy to read, yet compelling and touching. It has a massive emotional range as the story changes perspective from chapter to chapter, being told from a number of different characters. Each one rings true, but just when you think you have a handle on exactly where this tale is going, it changes direction with the speed of a striking cobra. It’s a fabulous book, and one that will stay with you for a long time after you have put it down. It’s worth reading just for the ending!


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