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Leaving Time

A review of the book Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Really quick synopsis: A little girl named Jenna has been raised by her grandmother. Her mom and dad owned an elephant sanctuary. Jenna’s mom disappeared when she was 3. Her whole life she has tried to solve the mystery of what happened to her mom. She finally decides to go all in on solving the mystery and enlists the help of the detective who originally worked the case and a psychic.

Right away this book pulled me in and I read it pretty quickly. Each chapter is the point of view of a different character. The woman who is missing is named Alice. She spent many years researching elephants. I really like that Picoult used research from real cases of elephants who had been rescued and research from those who study elephants. I don’t really know much about elephants but I really enjoyed learning more about them!

This would be a great book to read if you’re on vacation because it’s light and moves so quickly. It’s a fun mystery and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out what happened! There is a lot of backstory and character development so I really came to care about the characters.

The ending is a big twist. But it disappointed me! Once I finished the book I wanted to go back and re-read parts that eluded to how it would end. I don’t want to spoil the end for you because if I tell you why I didn’t like the way it ended, it would ruin everything and the book wouldn’t be as fun to read. I give it 4 elephants because it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read and the ending made me annoyed, but it was a fun, suspenseful read.

***spoilers ahead***

Please only keep reading if you have read this book! It will ruin the whole thing for you if you keep reading! 

Have you read this book or are you trying to cheat? Please turn back if you haven’t read it yet. Seriously.

Ok…for those of you still here, I’m hoping it’s because you’ve already read it.

The reason why the ending annoyed me was because it’s been done before. You know the whole joke of “Bruce Willis was a ghost the whole time!” From the movie the Sixth Sense. She totally stole the ending from that movie! I liked it because it worked well with the story and it was fun because I didn’t see it coming. But I mean come on…be more original! I just felt like she copied someone else’s ending.

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