Jodi Picoult is one of those puzzling authors.\u00a0 Wait, that\u2019s not quite accurate.\u00a0 She is the most puzzling author.\u00a0 Now, some writers people either love or hate.\u00a0 I get that.\u00a0 But my love\/hate relationship with Jodi goes book by book; some of her novels I\u2019ve loved - My Sister\u2019s Keeper, Change of Heart, Keeping Faith - \u00a0and some I\u2019ve hated - Vanishing Act, Tenth Circle, Sing You Home.\u00a0 But in spite of that, I\u2019ve read everything she\u2019s ever written, including her newest novel, Leaving Time.\u00a0 It\u2019s always an adventure, picking up a Picoult.\u00a0 Will I love this, or have to force myself to finish it?\u00a0 I always do finish, because she has been known to have quite a twist at the end of her books, and I admit that I am fond of twists.\u00a0 She also presents some great \u201cWhat if\u201d questions, and sometimes sprinkles supernatural or legal issues into her stories.\u00a0 So, I like all those things, and I continue to read her books.\r\n\r\nIn this book we meet Alice, a scientist studying elephants (more specifically, grief in elephants); her daughter Jenna, who cannot understand why her mother just disappeared when she was three, and now at 13 is eager to find her; Serenity Jones, a once famous psychic who reluctantly agrees to help Jenna; and last, Virgil, the detective on the Alice Metcalf missing person case who sort of fumbled the ball and ended up off the force and living life as a hard-drinking private eye.\r\n\r\nThis novel covers real scientific study on elephants, a mystery, some supernatural stuff, and some humor as well.\u00a0 Serenity visits the Genius Bar to get help with her laptop:\r\n\r\n\u201cWhen I try to print something,\u201d I say, \u201cnothing happens.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cDoes your screen turn black? Does anything come out of the printer? Do you get an error message? Did you document anything?\u201d\r\n\r\nI have a theory about Gen Y, these narcissistic twenty-somethings.\u00a0 They don\u2019t want to wait their turn.\u00a0 They don\u2019t want to work their way up the ladder.\u00a0 They want what they want now\u2014in fact, they\u2019re sure they deserve it.\u00a0 Young people like this, I believe, are soldiers who died in Vietnam, and have been reincarnated.\u00a0 The timing\u2019s right, if you do the math.\r\n\r\n\u201cHey, hey, LBJ,\u201d I say under my breath. \u201cHow many kids have you killed today?\u201d\r\n\r\nShe doesn\u2019t glance up.\r\n\r\n\u201cMake love, not war,\u201d I add.\r\n\r\nThe techie looks at me like I\u2019ve lost my mind.\u00a0 \u201cDo you have Tourette\u2019s?\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m a psychic. I know who you used to be.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cOh, Jesus Christ.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cNo, not him,\u201d I correct.\r\n\r\nI ended up liking this book.\u00a0 I liked the characters, and the mystery pulled me in. Oh, did I mention that there is, indeed, a twist at the end?\u00a0 You\u2019ll have to decide for yourself if you like this one or not, but I think it would make a great book for a book club to discuss.