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Leaving Time

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To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a daughter, Jenna, desperate to find the truth about the disappearance of her mother ten years earlier, and by that mother, Alice, who fills us in on Jenna’s childhood up to the fateful night when tragedy struck. To learn what happens from then on you have got to read this terrific tale. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

One of our Books of the Year 2014.

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'Leaving Time does all the usual Jodi Picoult things: tells a rattling good story that means you can’t turn the pages fast enough; creates characters so real and vivid you expect to meet them walking down the street; teaches you something you didn’t know – and didn’t know you wanted to know! In this case what we learn about is elephants; the characters are a 13-year-old whose mother has vanished, a discredited psychic and a washed-up PI; and the question that keeps you going is ‘What could have happened to Jenna’s mother?’ But there are extra dimensions to this book that make it truly special: an extraordinary understanding of loss and grief and the relationship between mothers and children, and a humdinger of a conclusion.' - Carolyn Mays, Editor, Hodder & Stoughton

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

In her most gripping mystery since House Rules, Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl's determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be. Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared, but she remembers nothing. In the wake of those tragic events, she has lost not one parent, but two: her father is in an asylum, and now she lives with her grandmother - who finds it too painful to talk about what happened. Ten years on, Jenna is the only one who still seems to care. And she is determined to seek the truth, no matter how shocking and life-changing it might be ...


She is the master of her craft ... and humanity is what Picoult does best Sunday Telegraph The best sort of light read: engrossing Vogue It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes Financial Times An addictive read packed with twists and turns Closer Impossible to put down Observer

About the Author

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult was our Guest Editor in January 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Author Photograph © Deborah Feingold

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16th July 2015


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


496 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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