Leaving Time

Leaving Time

A Novel

Book - 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 death of one of her mother's co-workers. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780345544926
0345544927
9780345544933
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: PICOULT, J

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sierraquigg
Sep 09, 2020

I can’t recommend this book enough! I was in tears by the end. So beautifully written, and the ending is just jaw dropping. I can’t wait to read her other books.

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emmilielindon
Aug 25, 2020

Such a beautiful story that unravels at a perfect pace. This story had so many hidden meanings that brought me to tears at the end.

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Ardda
Jun 16, 2020

An engaging story line, plus the added bonus (for me) of having all sorts of interesting elephant tales (pun intended) interwoven, since the main character is a scientist studying elephant behaviour. A great read.

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astrotea
Mar 31, 2020

The first half of this book is mostly slow-moving, backstory. The ending is when things get really dynamic.

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LBJ
Mar 12, 2020

I was disappointed in this story by Picoult. I love her books but this one was just ok for me.
Could be jut the mood I was in when I read it as I believe most loved it.

...well, I didn't see that coming.

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OP_2
Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / June 2016

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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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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
Apr 14, 2017

“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
Apr 14, 2017

“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
Apr 14, 2017

“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
Apr 14, 2017

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

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“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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Jenna wants to find her mother

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