Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult

There was a time when Jodi Picoult was one of my favourite authors and I could guarantee that I would love the book and add it to my favourite reads pile but the more books I read the more I found that I just didn't like. This was one of them.

I think Jodi Picoult excels when a story has a court case involved in it. This one sadly doesn't.

If you love elephants you will most probably love this book. I would say elephants are my favourite animal but had I wished to find out the ins and outs of elephant babies I would have chosen a book specifically about elephants. I didn't, I chose a book that I thought would be an excellent mystery tale.

The story follows Jenna Metcalf (13) who wants to find out what happened to her mother after she vanished from hospital following a tragic event when Jenna was just 3.

Over the past 10 years Jenna has heard nothing from her mum, not knowing is she is dead or alive, but has her mum's old journals which she reads hoping she will find a clue to the vanishing act.

Her mum was a scientist who studied elephant behaviour and half of the book details that. As I say I like elephants and, although interesting, it was too much.

To help her on the way Jenna seeks help from a retired psychic and the ex-police officer who dealt with her mum's disappearance.

The most annoying part of this book was that Jenna was an unbelievable character. She is mature for her age but even then she acts about 40 not in her teens. She is unlikeable.

The book read like a scientific knowledge book with a novel hidden in between the pages. Weird.

The book does have a twist at the end which I think a lot of people liked, and raised their review for it, but I just thought it was too little too late.

Time to leave Leaving Time on the shelf I feel.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.


  1. It's such a shame when you go for a trusted author and find out that they're writing style has, for some unknown reason, completely changed. It's sad that you haven't enjoyed this book. :( https://www.facebook.com/lukeosaurusandme

  2. Ah, what a shame. I've heard a lot of great things about this book.

    Jodi Picoult still remains one of my favourite authors, but I know longer enjoy each and every book she puts out, unfortunately. I think this has come about as I've got a little older and my reading choices have expanding.

    One thing you can't fault her on though is the research put in to each book!

  3. Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors but I found this one hard to get into - I feel like sometimes it's a bit hit and miss with her books and although I did enjoy this one overall it's definitely not up there with my favourites! Her last book before this (The Storyteller) I absolutely loved though! xx