Lone Wolf

A Novel

Picoult, Jodi

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lone Wolf
Twenty-four-year-old Edward Warren, 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?
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2012.
Edition: 1st Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439102749
Characteristics: vi, 421 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 02, 2015
  • karenbethglunz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stunningly written book. There is a wolf sanctuary in Conroe Texas where I want to go for "howl night". The information written about the pack, the rankings, the job of each wolf, and the manner in which they conduct themselves is intriguing.
Makes me want to go to the sanctuary even more.

Apr 08, 2014
  • JCLJenniferM rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

As usual Picoult tells a great story. I like the method she uses of telling the story from multiple voices. This is especially effective on audio when there are multiple narrators - great listening experience. However, I was not as compelled by this story as some of her other works. Maybe the topic - euthanasia - has been overdone? Maybe I just didn't like the characters as well? Not my favorite Picoult read but I'm not sorry I read it.

Dec 27, 2013
  • Mothercat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another absorbing and thought-provoking Jodi Picoult story - always enjoy her books, and this was no exception.

May 02, 2013
  • mdsvpl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great novel - particularly loved all the chapters about wolf life and behaviour, and wolf-human interactions, both in the wild and in a reserve.

Apr 30, 2013
  • cinseg1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another powerful family drama by Ms.Picoult. A heart-wrenching look at members of a family that come together after years of separation to let an often neglectful father die. Poignant and insightful. No one writes about family drama/dynamics like Jodi Picoult.

I can't believe this didn't get 5 stars. It is an incredible book, my husband and I couldn't put it down. I had never read any books by Jodi Picout and now I want to read everything she has ever written!!!!

If you are at all interested in wolves, I highly recommend "Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat, a lively memoir of studying wolves in the wild that reads like fiction.

Jan 21, 2013
  • rha789 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great Author 5* - this one just wasn't one of my favorites.
Her in-depth research and reality with the issues she features is what makes her novels (usually) so incredible.
For me, this one went too far into the wolf/researcher side and didn't have enough of the other personal connections & conflicts throughout the book.
I still grabbed ahold of it the second I saw it - and will do with any others that she writes!

Jan 13, 2013
  • 22950006044564 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another fantastic novel by Jodi. Loved the story line. As always she had me guessing till the end. Enjoyed learning about wolves also.

Dec 10, 2012
  • Eil_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was an absolutely wonderful book! Jodi interwove the story of a family in moral conflict and grievances between siblings with that of a wolf pack. The information gained about wolves was terrific! A must read - especially if you appreciate nature and, in particular, the lives of wolves. As was the case with another reader, I didn't especially like the "Barney" ending. Is he the real-life man who studies wolves?

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Jul 10, 2014
  • JODI ARONOFF rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father learns that his dad lies comatose in a hospital. He fights with his sister about the next steps in this heart wrenching look at the intersection of medical science and moral choices.

Luke Warren has spent decades learning the inner workings of wolf packs. Yet his relationship with his own family is strained. Divorced from his wife and estranged from his son, Edward, Luke remains close to his daughter, Cara. When the two are involved in a car accident that leaves Luke in a coma, Edward must return home to make important medical decisions regarding life-sustaining measures. With facts that aren't always clear and emotional baggage getting in the way, Cara and Edward find themselves on opposite sides regarding what is best for their father. VERDICT Picoult (Sing You Home) once again has written a compelling story involving current issues and family drama with a unique twist. The inclusion of Luke's relationship with wolves adds an element of depth, and details like these are why readers find Picoult's books impossible to put down.

Cara and Edward Warren have very opposite relationships with their father, Luke. Luke Warren lives many lives, from being a member of wolf packs, to being a human dad, he is the center of the series of events throughout this book. The comparison of human life and characteristics, to the life of wolf packs and their instincts. This is a must read.


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