Leaving Time Author:Jodi Picoult 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... more » 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 novel is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.« less
This is certainly not my favorite Picoult book. The chapters alternate in time between past and present, a common technique these days which bothers me. The story line was interesting but, as often occurs in Picoult books, I was not at all prepared for the ending. I didn't feel she lives up to her usual excellence in this book.