I recently had my heart ripped out of my chest. Well, at least that is what it felt like when I got to the end of Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. To top it all off I was at school and had to sit through class going through one of the biggest post-book crises of my life.
Alice Metcalf, an elephant researcher, disappeared after a death at the elephant sanctuary she ran and the only witness was her three year old daughter. Ten years later Jenna Metcalf sets out on a mission to find her mom, or at least find out what happened to her. Partnering up with a washed up psychic named Serenity and one of the policemen that originally worked the case, Virgil, Jenna begins to piece together the clues in search of the truth. What she finds is shocking beyond belief.
This book took me through an array of emotions. I thought it was really boring for a while. Honestly, the only thing that kept me reading was the fact that I have a signed copy. You can’t own a signed copy of a book you’ve never read. That’s weird. However, Leaving Time took me a really long to time to work my way through. Not a lot happens for the first 200 pages honestly. Little details of the night of the death are revealed and a whole lot of boring backstory is told.
Then it got really weird. Stuff finally starts happening in the weirdest way imaginable. I was left perplexed, but wanting to finish reading just figure out what the heck just happened.
And figure it out I did. Because next came the twist ending that Jodi Picoult is so wonderful at delivering. I gave up while ago trying to guess how Picoult’s books end because I am literally always wrong. And boy was I off with this one. I had many theories floating around my head as I read this book, but this one not only took me by surprise, but also ripped my heart out and left unsure of how to continue on with my life.
Jodi Picoult is a master of narrative. Even if I thought the beginning of this book was boring, it was so worth it for the shock of the ending. I would recommend Leaving Time to anyone who loves getting invested in the lives of characters, but also enjoys emotional roller coasters. Just know, you are in for a long haul when you start this book.