Ballantine Books, 2014
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.
As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.
I had to stop this one in order to read a book club book. It took a bit to switch gears back to this book but I’m so glad I read it.
The facts about elephants were amazing. I wanted to study them myself. I’ve never had any interest in animals before. I know nothing about them. This book made me want to head to the children’s nonfiction section to learn all sorts of crazy facts.
I liked how determined Jenna was to find her mom. I thought the psychic’s background was fun. Overall, I really enjoyed the book until the twist happened. It was disappointing because it’s been done before and it the supernatural wasn’t the part of the story that I was really appreciating. It lowered the rating to a 3 out of 5, but it was still fun to read.