Leaving Time

Leaving Time

eBook - 2014
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Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment - or worse. Still Jenna - now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief - steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of one of her mother's coworkers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Jodi Picoult's 21st novel is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.
Publisher: [Crows Nest, N.S.W.] : 2014. Allen & Unwin,
ISBN: 9781743434314
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital

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sabre1
Jun 13, 2019

Great book to read, learn so much about elephants lives their personalities, ending of the book is shocking. Keep reading.

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CarolynAnn4
Feb 05, 2019

A hard book for me to rate - until the last 25 pages or so, I was considering giving a 5 star. This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering if they would find Alice dead or alive, I was totally unable to predict who'd killed Nevvie, I loved the characters and found them all to be real and believable (even Serenity, the psychic and definitely Jenna), and I super-loved the information about the elephants! So,I was considering a 5 star for a Jodi Picoult book... quite a change because in the two books of hers that I read previously, I found her predictable (and in my opinion, contrived) twist at the end disappointing. So... SPOILER ALERT........ do not read further if you haven't finished.

I can't believe I did not see it coming this time? I was completely gob-smacked and deflated at the ending and feel cheated... since I felt that this book was so well written and captivating, I totally forgot that Picault always likes to have these crazy sucker-punch endings so I was sucker-punched and didn't like it.... seriously, having it turn out that most of the characters are ghosts makes the book, in my opinion, just a take-off of the movie Sixth Sense... a very contrived ending just to make an impact. If it wasn't that I found the book, right up until the ending, worthy of a 4.5 or more, I would have given this book a 1 star.

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kimh454
Jan 13, 2019

I loved it. I enjoyed it more than House Rules.

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DeniseRollin
Jan 01, 2019

Loved this book so much. So heart wrenching but thoughtful and super insightful into the lives and ways of Elephants. This one sticks with me.

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gerrityl3
Jun 26, 2018

It was slow at times but an incredible twist at the end. I learned so much about elephants! It was worth it!

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ENFPWOMAN
Nov 08, 2017

Ugh... this was the 2nd JP book I slogged through. I gamely tried JP again after my 1st try (Small Great Things), but there was zero improvement!
By the time I'd read Leaving Time, her formula became clear to me... within 9 months(!): pick an idea, skim research it, develop a plot, people it with unbelievable & extreme characters, do not develop those characters, have characters ask endless questions about minutae, constantly lecture the reader, end every chapter with a one line zinger, publish the book, etc, etc.
Just goes to demonstrate yet again... just because a book and/or author is a bestseller/trendy/popular doesn't mean they're/it's worth reading. As another reviewer astutely said... she'll never win any sort of literary prize for her output.

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sgcf
Aug 03, 2017

An enthralling summer read – it's a page turner, I love elephants, and am intrigued with the paranormal world. Although Picoult is sometimes faulted for being formulaic in her writing, it’s a successful formula that captivates the reader, challenges truth through differing character perspectives, and provokes thought with her themes. Many parallels of the grieving process in elephants juxtaposed to Alice & Jenna. Not to mention a gob-smacking ending!

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nbotleo
Jul 26, 2017

5 out of 5 for sure! I have read almost all of Jodi Picoult's books. She is my favourite writer. With this said, I have to say that this is by far my favourite book written by her. I loved learning all of the information about elephants and the book kept me guessing as to what the ending would be like. I enjoyed each of the characters and how each was different, but really contributed to the storyline. I would definitely recommend this book.

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sullyn
Jun 26, 2017

This book was beautifully written. The daughter's quest to find her mother and the mystery behind it had me intrigued the entire way through the book. I had a hard time putting it down. The mother's research about elephants was equally as fascinating. I totally disagree with one reader's comments that the author did " tremendous damage to the issue of elephant welfare" because of the author's "woo woo" psychic storyline. Any awareness for animal rights is good awareness. In fact, thanks to this book, I will be adding the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee to my list of animal welfare charities that I donate to.

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KorieV
Jun 23, 2017

Apart from the characters all being caricatures and very poorly developed as people, the story could have been reasonably interesting had the author not so obviously used it as a way to advocate for her belief in psychic phenomen and elephant welfare. At one point she goes on and on about Einstein believing in communication with the dead as proof that this really happens. The story becomes ridiculous because of this willingness to accept woo woo concepts as reality and to develop that concept to an absolutely ridiculous level.

More importantly to me, the author does tremendous damage to the issue of elephant welfare because she is mixing it with woo woo psychic foolishness and the reader can't trust that anything she author says about elephants is anywhere close to the truth. It's unfortunate that Ms Picoult doesn't understand that "you can't poop in the water and not have it contaminate the whole pool".

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“You can have the best intentions, but the moment there’s a hairline crack, it is only a matter of time before you go to pieces.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Sometimes I think there’s no such thing as falling in love. It’s just the fear of losing someone.”

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KaseyNB
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“I’m the princess in an ivory tower, except every brick is made of history, and I built this prison myself.”

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KaseyNB
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“A bruise is how the body remembers it’s been wronged.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“In the wild, an elephant mother and daughter stay in close proximity their whole lives; I hope I am that lucky.”

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KaseyNB
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“You can’t blame someone if they honestly don’t understand that their reality isn’t the same as yours.”

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KaseyNB
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“Maybe growing up is just focusing on what you’ve got, instead of what you don’t.”

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KaseyNB
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“If you think about someone you've loved and lost, you are already with them. The rest is just details.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“When someone leaves you once, you expect it to happen again. Eventually you stop getting close enough to people to let them become important to you, because then you don't notice when they drop out of your world.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I think grief is like a really ugly couch. It never goes away. You can decorate around it; you can slap a doily on top of it; you can push it to the corner of the room—but eventually, you learn to live with it.”

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Jul 15, 2015

Jenna wants to find her mother

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