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Lone Wolf

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  72,263 ratings  ·  6,266 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
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 7th 2012 by Allen & Unwin (first published February 28th 2012)
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Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated, 2012
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
Mar 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Lone Wolf, Jodi Picoult

Lone Wolf is a 2012 bestselling novel by American author Jodi Picoult.

The book was released on February 28, 2012 and centers around a man returning to his childhood home after a terrible accident.

Edward Warren has been living in Thailand for nearly 6 years when he receives a frantic phone call: His estranged family have been injured in a car accident in NH.

Warren's father is comatose and his sister, Cara, is also injured. Cara still holds a grudge against Edward, since
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 brief
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, my god, this book is so amazing it made me want to cry at the end of this book I really loved this book
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so captivating! You ask yourself so many questions about life, death, family, love, hate, and betrayal along with loyalty. I could not put this book down but had to for emotional stability lol. When I came back to it today, I read it nonstop until the end. I believe there are so many dynamics to family and relationships that we do not contemplate into faced with them head on because they make us uncomfortable and force us to ask questions about people we love and ourselves that we just ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me longer to get into this one than usual with a JP book however a few chapters in and i was so engrossed.

The story line is epic as they usually are in these kind of morale dilemma books but all the information about wolves tied into this made it exceptional for me.

Probably the first JP book where I've 100% agreed with the ending!
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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sharon Metcalf
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, owned
3.5 rounded up

I've lost count of the number of Jodi Picoult books I've read but I keep returning for more because she's such a terrific story teller. Her books always pack an emotional punch and her themes and plot lines are varied. It's always evident to me just how much research she dedicates to her novels and Lone Wolf was no exception. Though this one was not my favorite, it was still an enjoyable read and I'll continue working my way through the list of her titles I've yet to read.

In expla
Jessica Mandrik
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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Thyago | MrsMargotBlog
This book brings us a reflection about the family and the commitment to it.
How a secret can destroy a family and like so many other secrets can cause almost irreparable damage. Luke, a naturalist obsessed with wolves and lives mainly for them, after an accident with her daughter Cara, he is in a coma. He also has a son who cut ties six years ago and that caused his divorce. Edward, his son, is the only close relative of legal age and with the power of decision to
Bodosika Bodosika
The first book I read by this author is Picture Perfect and I was very disappointed because I have heard so much about the author however I was not deterred hoping that another of her book will tell me much about her hence this book.
This is an interesting family story and the subject matter is an uncommon one but the author managed to weave a family dilemma and how wolves and it's pack lives into a superb novel,This book made me to understand more about wolves and how organized they are includin
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
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
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 wasn'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.
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
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
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
A gripping yet touching story about the ethics of life and death. Hardened fans won't be disappointed and all readers will hopefully encouraged to consider their own views on mortality.

When brilliant naturist Luke is horrifically injured in a car accident leaving him in a vegetative state, his family are left to make decisions for him, including the most serious of all - should he continue live artificially or should he die? Luke's two children, Edward and Cara, hold opposing views for what the
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
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Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who appreciate wolves, particularly Jodi Piccoult fans, but any wolf fans
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) by: Shomeret
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
Angela Auten
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Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What sets this book apart from the usual Picoult is the wolves. It contains the usual family strife, moral and ethical dilemma, and a hard decision that need to be made. All the information on wolves and wolves packs and how they relate to a family was extremely interesting to me and adds a depth to this book that has been missing from her past several. I also really liked some of the characters, especially the step father, Joe and was very glad that Picoult gave him a voice in this novel. It al ...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
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-read-again
Where does Jodi Picoult comes up with these ideas? So we have a man who practically believes he's a wolf and his two children in a legal battle over his brain dead state. Very intriguing and held my interest the entire way through. ...more
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things, A Spark of Light, Leaving Time, 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.

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