book review

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult


Title: Lone Wolf

Author: Jodi Picoult

Published by: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

A life hanging in the balance…a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and letting go.


On an icy winter night, a terrible accident forces a family divided to come together and make a fateful decision. Cara, once protected by her father, Luke, is tormented by a secret that nobody knows. Her brother, Edward, has secrets of his own. He has kept them hidden, but now they may come to light, and if they do, Cara will be devastated. Their mother, Georgie, was never able to compete with her ex-husband’s obsessions, and now, his fate hangs in the balance and in the hands of her children. With conflicting motivations and emotions, what will this family decide? And will they be able to live with that decision, after the truth has been revealed? What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

My thoughts:

Keeping Faith is the very first Jodi Picoult book that I’ve read and I’ve been a fan ever since. So, when I saw Lone Wolf on the bookstore shelves, I just have to grab it and take it home. It is my 11th Jodi Picoult book and I have to say it is quite solid but not as strong as the others. Luke Warren and his daughter, Cara, met a terrible accident which leaves him on life support and her, injured. Son, Edward, was then forced to come back from Thailand upon receiving the news from his mother, Georgie, who has a new family now. The divided family has to decide on Luke’s fate, to remove him from life support or to hope for a miracle. The opposing views of the siblings about what they think their father want, brought tensions and drama to the family.

Lone Wolf was told in the voices of Luke, Cara, Edward, and Georgie, which gives readers different perspective of the situation. I believe it is one of the good points of the book. Though the characters seem real, what with all their flaws and secrets, it is hard for me to connect with the characters. Luke, with his wolf obsession. Cara, with her teenage angst. Edward, with his daddy issues. And Georgie, with her conflicted feelings toward her children. Although, Luke could have been a cool one, but his obsession kind of hindered him from addressing the issues with his family. He was so focused and dedicated to his wolves that he forgot how to deal with his own wife and kids anymore. His secret alone breaks the family apart.

I thoroughly enjoyed the wolves chapters, as they are fascinating creatures. Picoult went through a lengthy detail about wolves which can either be boring or entertaining, depending on how much you like them. Some may not like it but I appreciate it very well. The bond between Luke and the wolves did it for me. It may seem unlikely to have such connection to an animal such as wolves but given how much time Luke spends with them, it turned out to be believable in my opinion.

Like all Jodi Picoult novels, Lone Wolf deals with controversial issue, family, and courtroom drama. I expected a lot more courtroom scenes since the subject about euthanasia is really interesting but I was left hanging. The conflict between the siblings though is a matter worth pondering on. It makes me think about what I will do, given the circumstances, or what would I want to happen to me in the same situation as Luke. It may not be as enjoyable to read as the other Picoult novels but it is still worth your time. I give it 3 stars, my first for a Jodi Picoult novel.

RATING: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️


(*Synopsis and photos courtesy of Goodreads)

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