|Where There's Smoke : Jodi Picoult|
Thankfully, I've been doing a lot more running lately on the treadmill at the gym, which means a little more reading time, as I can set my Kindle up and read as I run. Time certainly seems to pass a lot more quickly when I've something to take my mind off the fact that I *hate* running.
I recently read a short story by Jodi Picoult, which I think I was sent as a free download voucher at some point. Where There's Smoke introduces the character of Serenity, who has made a career from her psychic gift and now has a television show. When she invites a war widow onto the show and promises to make contact with her husband, things in Serenity's life take a turn for the worse and suddenly she can't escape from the effects of her special gift.
Although the book would stand alone by itself, it became apparent at the end of the forty or so pages that this was just a teaser for a future Picoult release. It clearly had the desired effect on me as I wasted no time in downloading Leaving Time.
|Leaving Time : Jodi Picoult|
Leaving Time for me was up there my favourite Picoult books. As with just about all of the others I've read (most of them), I got the feeling that so much research had gone into this, particularly to do with the elephants, and as ever it dealt with a plethora of tricky subject matter. Picoult seems to have a talent for weaving complicated emotional issues into her novels and I've never known it not to work for her.
We see Serenity again, as part of the team of people who try to help Jenna in the search to find her mother. After the disastrous effects on her TV career, it was nice to see that she was still happy to embrace her psychic abilities in an attempt to help.
Honestly, I'd thoroughly recommend both of these.