Breathe To Read

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Review #30 (2015 Challenge), Leaving Time

The next book I am going to review is Leaving Time (read in September 2015)

Category for this one:  Book on the bottom of my to read list

Here is what Amazon had to say:

 "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."

Jodi Picoult is not normally at the bottom of my to read list, but I wasn't very excited about this book.  Maybe it is because I have read so many and her M Night Shamalanadingdong endings were getting tiring.  And of course - this one did not disappoint with that kind of ending, so get ready for there being a twist and you not liking what it is.

But I did find this book enjoyable up until that point.  Jenna's mother was a researcher at an elephant santuary (which exists in real life, just not where it takes place in the book) and I found the information about elephants fascinating.  The little girl's search for her mother and determination to find her was heart warming.

If you are a sap for Picoult, then put this book on your list.  But just know she ends her books like she always does - by surprising you.  Sometimes I like the direction she takes, and sometimes I don't.

Stars: 3 1/2

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