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 thirteen 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 two 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 one of her mother’s coworkers.
Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Leaving Time is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.
‘A truly engaging read..Perfect for Picoult fans and book clubs.’ Library Journal (starred review)
‘With plenty of twists and a surprising ending, [Leaving Time] explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on.’ Woman’s Day
‘Best-selling, reliably entertaining, and thought provoking, Picoult’s newest multifaceted novel is redolent with elephant lore that explores the animals’ behavior when faced with death and grief, and combines a poignant tale of human loss with a perplexing crime story that delivers a powerhouse ending.’ Booklist
‘Picoult’s novel explores grief, memory, and motherhood through the unlikely lens of elephant behavior… The pachyderms are as complex as the humans, making the journey memorable and poignant.’ Publishers Weekly