Printed from https://www.writing.com/main/product_reviews/pr_id/114944-Leaving-Time-with-bonus-novella-Larger-Than-Life-A-Novel
ASIN: 0345544943
ID #114944
Product Type: Books
Reviewer: Choconut ~ Busy Writing!
Review Rated: ASR
Amazon's Price: $ 11.07
Product Rating:
  Story Plot:
  Length of Books:
  Overall Quality:
Summary of this Books...
I've read a few of Jodi Picoult's books now, and I can honestly say I'm yet to be disappointed. That said, I wasn't entirely sure I would like this one, so I've been putting off reading it. I could not have been more wrong, though. I loved this book. So, so much!

The plot centres around Jenna Metcalf, a thirteen year old girl whose mother disappeared when she was three. Jenna is desperate to find out whether her mother is dead or just up and left her. So Jenna turns to two unlikely people to help her search: Serenity, a once- brilliant, but now failing, psychic, and Virgil, the cop who left the force right after failing to find Jenna's mother. The three people work together to try to uncover the truth. Jenna's father went to a psychiatric institution after Alice disappeared. But, what does that mean? Did he kill her?

The story is told from various POV's: Jenna, Virgil, Serenity, and Alice. In Alice's sections we get her narration on the events leading up to the night she left. She worked with elephants, documenting how they deal with grief. She starts out in Africa, but moves to an elephant sanctuary when she meets Thomas. I have to say, this is the part I wasn't sure I'd like. I thought there might be a few too many details on the elephants for me to remember everything. However, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes; there are a lot of details about the elephants' lives, but they are so moving. The descriptions of mothers losing their babies and herds pulling together are fantastic. I had to swallow more than a few tears while reading this.

Oh, the last thing to mention is the end ... I won't say what happens and give it away, but it's flipping brilliant! Very clever indeed.
This type of Books is good for...
Anyone who likes a good story that is told with beautiful prose. Anyone who enjoys heart-tuggers. People who like elephants.
I especially liked...
The parts that are focussed on the elephants. I also thought the relationships between Jenna, Virgil, and Serenity were fab.
When I finished n/a this Books I wanted to...
Write this review. Then read anther Picoult.
This Books made me feel...
Emotional. Happy. In awe of Picoult's talent.
The n/a of this Books...
Jodi Picoult. I don't think she gets enough credit for the size of her talent. The descriptions in this book are wonderful. And the plot is so clever.
I recommend this Books because...
It's just fab!
Created Jun 17, 2022 at 2:12am • Submit your own review...

You Could Send Gift Points, But You Don't Have Any Gift Points To Send!
Remember, Gift Points say more than words & encourage Authors to "Write On!". If you need more information on Writing.Com Gift Points and their function, please read: Gift Points Information

Important: All emails are logged! Harassment of other members, by any means within Writing.Com is strictly prohibited, will not be tolerated and may result in account termination.

Printed from https://www.writing.com/main/product_reviews/pr_id/114944-Leaving-Time-with-bonus-novella-Larger-Than-Life-A-Novel