For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.
Interesting premise, right? Yes and no. I don't want to give any story lines away. But I can tell you this: Do you remember when Haley Joel Osment, in the movie Sixth Sense, said "I see dead people?" Well, that's how I felt in Leaving Time. But instead of it enhancing the book, it actually detracted from it - IMHO. You'll have to read it to understand.
What other problem do I feel the book has? The main subject of the book is elephants. And although I learn a lot about elephants, I actually learn much more than I want to know. Wasn't it only a few books ago that Jodi focused on wolves? In fact, it was Lone Wolf. And now we've got elephants. Too much for me. And a bit boring. 2.5/4
At least there was a reference to One Direction early in the book. This is my granddaughter Haley's (she's almost 10) favorite musical group. She knows everything about them. In Leaving Time, it's a 13-year old 8th grader that mentions them. It does seem as if every book lately mentions something that I can relate to my friends or family members. That's always fun.
Still in all, I liked it reasonably well. I wouldn't say skip Leaving Time. But I would suggest you lower your expectations. This is not the typical outstanding Picoult.