It’s the story of a young girl, Jenna, whose mother has disappeared. She hasn’t seen her mother for ten years. At the age of 13, she decides to do all she can to find her mom. She’s already searched the web for her mom, but she chooses to get more active by hiring a psychic and a private detective.
Meantime, the readers learn that Jenna’s mom is an animal behaviorist specializing in elephants. While in her POV, the reader learns lots about elephants and their behavior.
But, if you want to learn both how elephants respond to mothering, to grieving, to living as a heard as well as follow the suspense of Jenna’s search, you should read this book.
As for the writing, it was beautifully done. The author alternated by chapter POV between Jenna, her mom, the psychic and the private detective. Each of these POV’s gave the reader a deeper view of the events. Here are some examples of beautiful writing.
“Engaging with haters is like rearranging pictures on the titanic. What’s the point?”
“Dreaming is the closest the average human gets to the paranormal plane; it’s the time when the mind lets down its guard and the walls get thin enough for there to be glimpses to the other side.”
“The light that wakes over that girl’s face looks like the kind of thing you see in paintings in cathedrals, the sort of art that breaks your heart even as you stare at it.”
“…find myself at the bus station in Nashville Tennessee, stepping into a wave of heat that hits me like a knockout punch.”
“A bruise is how the body remembers it’s been wronged.”
This is a definite must read!