Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

‘If my mom is dead…could she wait for me?’

Another Picoult book.

In this story, we are shown the bonds of a mother-child relationship. Jenna recruits a psychic to help find out what happened to her mother when she disappeared under mysterious circumstances ten years before. Jenna also recruits the help of a washed-up private investigator. The story also has the perspective of Jenna’s mother Alice who studied elephants in Botswana, as well as being married to Jenna’s father Thomas who had bipolar disorder.

Her book formula certainly does usually involve something to tug on the heartstrings and make them sing. This book is like a mixture of the three films: Ghost, Water For Elephants and The Sixth Sense. A lot of reviews I’d read of this book didn’t rate it very highly. Of course, it does border on the saccharine but that is what her books seem to be about 95% of the time. The bits about elephant grieving were very sad too.

Ultimately a good book. I don’t think I’ll read this book again for a while because with Picoult’s books what you see is what you get, plus I have lots more books to explore in the coming days and weeks.

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****

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