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Leaving Time (with Bonus Novella Larger Than Life)

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Avoid this mess of a book, which was about elephants, psychics, and who knows what else, because I got to page 170 and threw the thing across the room.

It does not matter who you are or what kind of personal relationship you’ve forged with an elephant: Come between her and her calf, and she will kill you. The cast, Jenna, the daughter, Alice, the mother, Virgil, a cop, and Serenity, a psychic, all play their part in taking us to a satisfying conclusion. It was so interesting and even as Jenna is remembering being killed I am like, "Oh she was kidnapped. I wouldn’t characterize myself as a tree hugger but I do love the natural beauty of the great outdoors and have a passion for observing the flora and fauna of my environment.I'm a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy to review, and it was excellent! Thirteen year old Jenna Metcalf is determined to find out what happened to her mother, Alice who disappeared from her life when she was just three years old. She is on her own and ends up enlisting help from two dubious characters; Serenity who was once a celebrity psychic with the ability to talk to spirits but whose skills are rusty now as her two spirit guides seem to have have forsaken her, and Virgil Stanhope, an ex-cop turned private investigator who was on her mother’s case but missed some of the clues and who is now a miserable alcoholic on account of the botched investigation.

Initially Serenity resists Jenna’s request to enlist the spirits to find her mother but is mysteriously drawn to Jenna, who seems to give Serenity new found purpose and enthusiasm that has gone missing in her life for many, many years. The caregivers eventually opened the gate between them and immediately Shirley and Jenny began to move in tandem – staying inseparable.the writing and storytelling compelled the suspension of disbelief and acceptance of the unimaginable. It’s true that the bond between a mother and her child is unbreakable and I can attest to that wholeheartedly. I hesitated on reviewing for so long because I feel my grammar and punctuation etc can often be lacking.

Some could not remember what they had seen, and not a single explorer who claimed to find the graveyard could ever locate it again. Throughout her blockbuster career, 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 ).I recognise Jodi Piccoult is a fantastic and prolific author, and have enjoyed a couple of her books before now. I know there is supposed to be some sort of amazing twist ending to this story, but honestly: these characters were so unlikable and so completely unbelievable that I truly couldn't care less what twisty ending I'm missing here.

There is a lot of information about elephants but I actually found myself fascinated by the things I learned. The book is narrated in the first person from the four alternating perspectives of Jenna, Serenity,Virgil and Alice and switches back and forth between the past and the present. I enjoyed both of them, but I really loved "Larger than Life", so I knew right away I wanted to read this novel. All is not as it seems with any of these characters but the clues were right in front of me all along before the big revelation near the story's end. We began our relationship when I read Salem Falls and was happy with the characterization and the twisty plot.As a teenager, Jenna now obsessively reads her mother's journals and scans missing persons sites on the computer - hoping to find clues to her mother's whereabouts.

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