Summary: Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.
With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?
Lone Wolf explores the notion of family, and the love, protection and strength it’s meant to offer. But what if the hope that should sustain it, is the very thing that pulls it apart?
My Thoughts: Jodi Picoult does it again. Yes, we have another courtroom drama. Yes, we have another book filled with alternating points of view. Yes, we have a gasp-provoking bomb dropped at the end (but this time not at court). But, damn, is it good! Sure, Picoult’s books seem to pretty much follow the same formula: Dive into the crisis; introduce characters and throw in details pertaining to said crisis; someone decides it’s a matter to be solved in court; courtroom drama; out-of-court drama strewn throughout during trial; trial ends; small bits of the aftermath; epilogue with just enough to know what the long-term effects of said trial are. Oh, and don’t forget the bomb dropped toward the end – usually in court (again, not this time). Sure, that appears to be her formula, and I know some people are down on her for that. But I say so what. I mean really. It works, and every stinking time, it’s a page-turner. Even when I’m not blown away, I can’t seem to stop reading. Picoult weaves intricate tales that are bound to captivate her readers’ imaginations. And this time? There are wolves. Pretty damn cool.
So, let’s talk about the wolves. Those are some interesting – very interesting – parts. Luke spends time living in the wild with a pack of wolves. And they accept him into the pack. He goes against any human instincts he has and allows them to rough him up to show that he’s trustworthy (to them). The rational side of me wants to scoff and say that’s a bunch of hogwash, but I know it’s not. You see, Picoult’s acknowledgments are at the beginning, and she thanks a man named Shaun Ellis. He is a real person who has done many of the things attributed to Luke. Pretty wild. Those are quite possibly my favorite parts of the book.
I found myself pulling for Cara, and feeling some of her anger toward Edward. I think he does his best to try to work things out, but his abandonment of the family isn’t something that can be easily forgotten – which he seems to try to do. “Sure, I’ve been gone – practically dead to the family – for six years, but I’m ready to swoop in and make impossible decisions. Oh, and I’m going to presume to know better than Cara, who has been living with my father for the past four years, what he might or might not want.” I’d be pissed if I was Cara, too. Poor Cara. When I read her gasp-worth revelation I really feel for her. It’s not the same kind of gasp-worthy moment as we’ve seen in other Picoult books, but it’s still quite weighty.
If you’re a fan of Jodi Picoult, you’ll enjoy Lone Wolf. I highly recommend it!
Source: Received through Crazy Book Tours for review.
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