Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 3/19/14
My Rating: 5 Stars
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is a masterful storyteller, who “writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships” (The Boston Globe). Now, in this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters from her eagerly awaited new novel, Leaving Time.
Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts. When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage—to both her reputation and her show—Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.
For all you Jodi Picoult fans, you cannot miss WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, an e-book short story novella, setting the stage for her heartwarming and upcoming LEAVING TIME, Oct 14, 2014.
Serenity Jones is one of the three narrators featured in LEAVING TIME. She possesses has unusual psychic gifts, she discovered since she was a child. Now she is the host of her TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed.
Readers will learn in upcoming LEAVING TIME, Jenna will be searching for her mom Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident, when she was a child. Jenna only has her mom’s Alice’s journals, as she studied grief among elephants and the animals she loved, as she frantically continues to look for clues of her mother while seeking the help of Serenity Jones, a psychic and Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues.
Also recommend LARGER THAN LIFE, another e-short story as a prequel to LEAVING TIME, set in Botswana, in 1999, about Alice, a naturalist, and researcher, focused on studying elephants. In LARGER THAN LIFE, we learn details about Alice, and her love and passion for elephants as she risks her career to care for a calf, while she comes to understand the depth of a parent's love.
As I have mentioned previously in my other reviews, what is not to like about Jodi Picoult? Everything she writes is powerful, riveting, and brilliant! You will not want to miss this series, and as always, no one can tell it better than Picoult!