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Lone Wolf

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  43,852 ratings  ·  4,789 reviews
A life hanging in the balance…a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family, love, and letting go.

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 c
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Let me start by saying, I love Jodi Picoult's novels. I've read 13 of them, most of which were thoroughly enjoyable (with only a couple of notable exceptions--Songs of the Humpback Whale for one). I'm always excited to see when she's written something new and can't wait for it to come into print. When I've read or listened to interviews she's given, I am always amazed that she writes all of her novels in about 9 months. For the most part, you would never be able to tell they are written so quick ...more
I was pretty disappointed with this book. To be honest though, I thought the same when I read the excerpt Jodi Picoult published months (maybe even a year) ago on her website. But I gave the book a chance because Ms Picoult is one of my favorite authors.

I guess the main problem with the book is that, unlike her previous books, the characters in "Lone Wolf" are boring and stale. Jodi Picoult's books are known for their intricate plots and well-developed characters. Her story-lines are typically
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Eh. Just Meh.

Jodi, Jodi, Jodi.. I know you don't write just for me.
But my heart is breaking a little bit.
You used to be my favorite author.
I bought your books, even in hardback, which is a rare thing for this frugal girl to do.
Sight unseen, I'd buy them, because I just knew they would be good.

About four books back or so, I began to feel they were becoming formulaic.
The twists were predictable, the tearjerkers at the end became cheap and redundant.
I hoped for more. I still believed.

With these
Whatever type of drama-family, medical, courtroom, even wild animal drama...this book has them all, with Jodi Picoult's signature all over it. It may be that her books has a certain mould, a template, but she gets published only once or twice a year so if you're like me who waits to read the latest, you can liken it to waiting for Christmas.

There's always something new to learn in her books. In Lone Wolf, there was of course the wolf lessons, both about them and from them. There were the briefs
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
As soon as I heard about Jodi Picoult's latest novel, I just had to get my hands on a copy. When I did receive a copy from the publishers, I just couldn't wait to get started on it! Whilst I haven't read them all, I've read most of Jodi Picoult's novels and I've really enjoyed them, giving her a firm place in my favourite authors.

I'll start by admitting that I was slightly wary of the 'wolf' aspect of this book. Whilst I love animals, I'm not usually keen on reading about them and I have had no
Jo Anne B
2.5 stars

I am a big Jodi Picoult fan. Her books are easy to read quickly and involve family dynamics. She always seems to do a lot of research on a wide range of topics in order to bring controversial issues into her books to keep them a little more cerebral than other chic lit authors. However, the subject matter in this book was intangible for me. A guy who preferred living with the wolves than with his wife and two kids? It seemed far fetched and a unrealistic. First, why would a woman want t
Susan Clark-cook
I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult and have read most of her books. So I was pretty sure when I picked this one up I would enjoy it. And enjoy I usual there are fascinating characters that she draws you into, revealing more of them bit by bit till you feel you know and maybe even understand them. That is one of the defining elements in all her writing. But in this book I got something extra and I think you will too. I learned a lot about wolves, and how they live, and how that pertains to h ...more
Michele Harrod
Well I was always going to love this, being a book about wild animals and a man who struggles to find a balance between a life with them and a life with humans. There is no instinctive driver I can relate to more.

Whilst the leading character, Luke Warren himself is 'absent' (in a coma after an accident), we hear his voice throughout the novel, and come to understand that the man who seemed to be the underlying cause of all that was broken in this family, is perhaps the one who has been teaching
Almost 5 years ago, I had to watch my mother deteriorate on life support for a month. This book was a painful but somehow therapeutic read. It hit me so close to home but what I liked the most about it is how genuine everything felt from the visits to the ICU, the meetings with the doctors, and the pain of the uncertainty of a parent's recovery. The daughter Cara is 17 years-old and I was 18 years-old when I had to go through something very similar with the parent I was closest to. The grief she ...more
Accidents and family dynamics are like identical twins. A painful experience to one, brings forward similar pain in the other, and that is what happens in this book.

Luke Warren transcends from human existence into 'wolfdom', leaving his real family behind. When he is involved in a serious accident with his daughter, Cara, and ends up in a vegetative state, the divided family's pot of secrets and hurts gets cooking. The two siblings have to make a decision but cannot agree on what would make thei
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Lone Wolf has all the elements I would expect from Jodi Picoult, controversy, ethical conflict, and courtroom drama. Luke Warren is severely injured in a car accident and lies comatose in hospital. His estranged son returns from Thailand after a seven year absence to be at his father's bedside, to the disgust of his younger sister. Cara Warren is seventeen, too young to make medical decisions for her father and resents Edwards authority. When Edward makes the painful choice to discontinue life s ...more
Jodi Picoult has reached a new level with her new book, Lone Wolf. This book dragged me into a story, that I was uncertain about and before I knew it I was firmly engrossed. So much so that I continued to read through the tears, laughter, pain and heartache until the end of the book.

Luke Warren, the main character, was a man who lived life within his own boundaries. To some that life excluded his human family. To others he was a man who was able to understand and be one with a pack of wolves. T
Luke Warren finds it easier to live with wolves than with his own human family. His son, Edward, has resided in Thailand for the past five years after having a fight with his father, and his wife, Georgie, has divorced him. Now he only resides with his seventeen-year-old daughter, Cara. But after a devastating car accident leaves Luke comatose and Cara injured, Edward is forced to come back to the states and choose with Cara whether or not his father should be taken off life support. Edward and ...more
Cindy Vine
I'm a fan of Picoult's earlier books; so I pre-ordered this one and was looking forward to reading it. However, wolves don't do it for me. I don't care about the different roles in a wolf pack. So about half-way through I started skipping all Luke's wolf-talk chapters and only read the closing paragraph as that summed up the point Jodi wanted to get across in that chapter. Doing that definitely made the book flow more and kept me interested. If I didn't do that, I am not sure I would have finish ...more
I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult and I've read the majority of her novels and absolutely loved most of them, so I started reading this one with high expectations. This is not a bad book. It's very well written but the author follows a writing formula which is getting tiresome after reading so many of her novels. Because Jodi Picoult always follows the same formula, her books are becoming very predictable. I enjoyed reading about the wolves but the medical dilemma and the legal battle were too simi ...more
I was very disappointed with Lone Wolf. Of the 5 or so characters we met, I felt only emotionally invested in two of them (Luke and Joe) and only minimally at best. In past novels by Jodi she has done such a good job at making you feel something for the characters that you are emotionally invested in their futures and the outcomes of their situations. This was not at all true with Lone Wolf. I felt very little for Edward, nothing for Cara, and Georgie was just kind of "there".

I enjoyed reading a
Lisa Vegan
May 31, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who appreciate wolves, particularly Jodi Piccoult fans, but any wolf fans
Recommended to Lisa by: Shomeret
Shelves: fiction, novel, reviewed, gr-a
Much thanks for Goodreads’ friend Shomeret for telling me about this book. One thing we have in common is our love of wolves. I hadn’t known about this book and I wasn’t necessarily currently in the mood to read another book by this author, but I’m so glad I read this one.

I love wolves so I was particularly interested in this book. I’m also interested in the right to die (which I’ve been engaged in conversation about at another one of my book reviews), quality of life, decisions about prolonging

Not my favorite by any means, but still a solid read. Similar to her earlier work more than her more recent books. I did pick up a lot of wolf related knowledge!
if you enjoyed other books of jodi picoult you're going to like this one. not her best though
As with a few earlier Jodi Picoult books - and despite my best intentions - I couldn’t get past the self-centeredness of some of the characters in Lone Wolf. It always amazes me how this author can depict such ego-maniacal family members, so self-righteous and focused solely on their own needs that it practically destroys any connection, but also gets in the way of appreciating the story.
As you can guess, I’m disappointed with this book, and as hard as I tried I just couldn’t warm up to it. I d
I have really got to stop expecting new and exciting things from Jodi Picoult. My Sister's Keeper was a one hit wonder, and the rest of her novels are bubblegum or rehashes with very slightly different casts of the same novel. At least they're easy reads. Bubblegum isn't terrible, just not good.

Let me sum it up for you: Life or Death Situation is followed by Awkward Family Moment, usually in a hospital, is followed by an Ethical Dilemma in which there is an Intense Disagreement and Alienation of
Ok i was criticized for reviewing it without finishing it plus i did want to be able to talk about it at our Book Club I did end up finishing it... I still have not changed my mind... I did not like the book... I do not recommend it... I do not believe much of what she wrote about the wolves... They are dangerous wild animals... I did not and could not relate to the incredible lack of communication in the family...

my initial review:

I actually didn't finish this book... I just decid

Jodi Picoult applies her tried and trusted formula again in "Lone Wolf" and I think most of her fans will be satisfied with the result. As in her previous novels, multiple narrators become embroiled in a moral dilemma with a bit of courtroom action thrown in for good measure. However, this time there's a slight twist to the formula.

Luke Warren, more at home in a wolf pack than with his own family, is comatose following a road accident. His fate will be decided by one of his children - either Car
A new Jodi Picoult novel. Let's go through the Jodi Picoult checklist, shall we?

Family Drama? Check!
Courtroom scenes? Check!
Twist Ending? Check!
Lots of angst? Check!
Oddly named characters? Check!
Told from different perspectives? Check!
Social issue? Check!

This book really wasnn't great. I didn't care about the wolves, nor the family, and the last 100 pages made me just skip to the end, which wasn't impressive.
Janie Johnson
I read this book as a buddy read with a friend. I had been wanting to read more Jodi Picoult books and I think now, that this was a good choice after first reading Between the Lines, also by Picoult. I am so glad I read this book it was a profound, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable read.

In this book we many characters perspectives. Our main character Cara is in a car accident with her Father, Luke and she harbors some secrets as to what really happened that fateful night. It all snowballs and ca
I feel like we're really grasping for material here. This follows the same formula as others, but this fell flat. No tension anywhere, even the court scene. Luke acting like a wolf and trying to be accepted by a wolf pack? Really? A grown man with a family. This left a bad taste in my mouth like raw deer meat that was just killed by fellow wolves.
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
The arrival of a new Jodi Picoult novel is always a moment of intense excitement for any fan!

Lone Wolf tells the story of a family that has been broken apart, and is now brought back together through tragedy, leaving them with an impossible decision to make. Luke Warren has sustained brain injuries and is left in a coma after a car accident. On the one hand, his daughter Cara, also injured in the accident, is desperate for her father to come through, for him to live whatever it takes. But her o
Jodi, Jodi, Jodi. We have to talk. We've spent so much time together over the past 10 years. I've read all of your books and enjoyed them despite their similarities - I've loved the character development, interesting subject matter (I usually learn something), and the quickly moving plots. You are dependable - I always know what I'm getting. Until now. Perhaps because I so enjoyed Sing You Home that this one really disappointed. Another family courtroom drama, some family member in jail on anoth ...more
For someone who seemingly prefers a "loner" lifestyle, living amongst the packs of wolves he studies, Luke Warren suddenly is brought into the center of a controversy that rocks the human world in which he resides and impacts every member of his family and their community.

His daughter Cara, his long-estranged son Edward, and his ex-wife Georgie—all tell their version of the story and how each of them has been affected by Luke's choices. They do so in first person narrative, alternately showing u
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her new novel, LEAVING TIME, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio.

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