Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 2014-10-14
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 156 Ratings
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  The beloved, international bestselling author’s Random House Canada debut--the gripping story of a daughter searching for her missing mother--and one of her most powerful and affecting novels yet.
     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 13 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 2 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 strange, possibly linked death of 1 of her mother's co-workers. Together these 3 lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Jodi Picoult's first novel with Random House Canada is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Don't waster your time reading Leaving Time

    By CleoTor,ON
    One of the worst books I have read. There are just a handful of books that I haven’t finished and this would have been one of them if I hadn’t felt obligated out of courtesy as it was chosen for our book club. The book club member proposed it at the suggestion of someone else – no doubt she will never trust that person’s recommendations again. Characters and dialogue are straight out of the worst movie of the week you could imagine. The plot is beyond inane. The author’s post-script about the plight of elephants seems to imply that the real purpose behind this book was to devise a plot into which Picoult could weave information about elephants and elephant research. In that case why employ such a bizarre story if you have serious intentions? Why write a story that is geared to an 8th grade reading level when you want to impart scholarly information? There were a handful of pages about 2/3rds of the way into the book that were slightly compelling but the rest of this book was disjointed, badly written and so boring. Personally I am offended at the lack of respect for the reader to publish such drivel. This is the first and last book I will read by Picoult. I have no hesitation in saying, do not waste your time reading this book even if you are in 8th grade.
  • Leaving Time

    By Celmarber
    A stunning piece of work; an informative, captivating, surprising, emotional page-turner.
  • Love - Elephants

    By Tramath
    What a phenomenal story. Captivating and a complete surprise.
  • Just awful

    By Kjwta
    Plagiarizes the movie The Sixth Sense. Do not purchase this book. It was such a disappointing read.
  • Only a psychic could have predicted that plot twist! ;)

    By LisaTToronto
    Fabulous read, enjoyed every page.