Throughout her blockbuster career, no. 1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that "not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us" (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new book, she has delivered her most affecting novel yet-and one unlike anything she's written before.
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 that she would be abandoned as a young child, 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. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons-only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who 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. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.
Praise for Leaving Time
"Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core."-The Boston Globe
"Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss."-The Washington Post
"A riveting drama."-Us Weekly
"[A] moving tale."-People
"A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery."-USA Today
"In Jenna, [Jodi] Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet."-Bookreporter
"[A] captivating and emotional story."-BookPage
"With plenty of twists and a surprising ending, [Leaving Time] explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on."-Woman's Day
"A moving and emotional story."-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A truly engaging read . . . Full of the deep characters and multilayered story lines that have earned [Picoult] a spot in many readers' hearts."-Library Journal
"Delivers a powerhouse ending."-Booklist
"Memorable and poignant."-Publishers Weekly
Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister's Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
Wie alle Bücher von Jodi Picoult, ist auch das vorliegende erneut ein mitreißendes Exemplar, das ich innerhalb weniger Tage gelesen habe. Besonders überraschend war das Ende (no spoiler), da es aus meiner Sicht komplett unerwartet war. :-) wem ihre Bücher gefallen, wird auch dieses nicht beiseite legen können.
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After having had to wait one and a half years for Jodi Picoult to publish a new novel, naturally, I devoured it within the shortest period of time possible...
Jenna is a 13-year-old girl who had to grow up without her mother since she disappeared many years ago. Still holding...After having had to wait one and a half years for Jodi Picoult to publish a new novel, naturally, I devoured it within the shortest period of time possible...
Jenna is a 13-year-old girl who had to grow up without her mother since she disappeared many years ago. Still holding on to the hope of one day being reunited with her, Jenna teams up with a PI and a psychic to solve the mystery.
Like most of Picoult's previous novels this book is told by multiple characters, and contains more than just the obvious issue of a teenager's search for her long-lost mother. "Leaving Time" is about a mother's love, the act of grieving and the fascinating creature, that is the elephant. I could keep going but I don't want to give too much away.
Just let me say this: For once I thought I had the story figured all out, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Once again Jodi Picoult has created a masterpiece that will keep you hooked until the last page, leave you dumbfounded and wanting for more.