… by Jodi Picoult.
Thirteen year old Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother Alice, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances a decade ago. A scientist researching grief in elephants, Alice disappeared from the sanctuary one night after the death of one of the staff. Jenna who lives with her maternal grandmother, cannot understand why her mother would leave her and continues to search for her. Unfortunately, her father Thomas is in a psychiatric facility with no concept of reality. Jenna obtains the help of a disgraced psychic Serenity and the ex-cop who worked on the case at the time, Virgil to help find the whereabouts of her mother. While the bond between a mother and daughter is strong, sometimes, when you start to look for answers, you can get more than you bargained for.
In Picoult’s latest book, she explores memories and trauma not just among elephants but more so, among human beings. How does a child cope with being abandoned? How does a mother deal with grief? Is there more in this world than what science can explain?
Jodi Picoult uses her now familiar multi-narration style through the book. I enjoyed the characters of Jenna and Virgil immensely and also found Serenity likeable. I will admit that some of the things around the elephants were a tad boring for me and I skim-read them. Alice was a character that confused me. On the one hand, she is meant to be likeable but on the other hand, there are some behaviours of hers that I personally do not agree with and therefore, could not find myself empathising with her. I like flawed characters but there are some flaws I cannot forgive. All in all though, it was an enjoyable read with a twist in the end I never saw coming.
Until next time,