Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The book in a nutshell: Jenna Metcalf’s mom has been missing for ten years, and Jenna is determined to find her. Like most of Jodi Picoult’s books, the story is told from multiple viewpoints – four, to be exact. Three of them are in the present – Jenna, Virgil (a former detective), and Serenity (a psychic) – as they work together to look for Jenna’s mom, Alice. The fourth narrator is Alice, whose story line is in the past and leads up to the day she goes missing.
Why I chose it: I’ve read about 90% of Jodi Picoult’s books, and they’re generally really good. So when I saw it, I checked it out (from the library).
The pros: I thought the story line was really unique and different, and I was hooked pretty quickly. I also liked that the characters were very different from each other. Plus, there were several plot turns that I didn’t expect – always a win.
The cons: Alice is an elephant researcher, so a lot of her chapters focus very heavily on her research, which I didn’t find terribly interesting.
How I read it: As an audio book. (If you don’t use Overdrive, I highly recommend it! It’s through the library, so it’s free, and they have a huge selection of books.)
Where to read it: Pretty much anywhere. I listened in my car, while I was washing dishes, on walks, etc. It would also be great for plane rides, or reading in bed, or reading by the pool. So … anywhere.
Total Grade: A
P.S. I’d originally planned to read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, but I just couldn’t get excited about it. In fact, I’ve had it for more than a month, and I’ve only made it about halfway through. So if you were considering Sharp Objects, I’d say skip it. Read Leaving Time instead!