Book Review: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Five years ago, I was still relatively new to my neighborhood (and a little lonely). In an effort to meet more people, I made a flyer to start a book club in my development. I left a flyer at half of the tract homes in my development (I was too lazy to walk to all 700 homes).

I got a pretty good response back, so I decided to host the first book club at my house and the book I chose was My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (and no– I don’t get anything if you click on the link). It was the very first Picoult book I ever read and I thought it was fabulous. That book began my Picoult book reading. I’ve read 14 of her 19 books.

I just finished her latest book– The Lone Wolf:

Luke is a man that has devoted his entire life to researching the behavior of wolves. He even went on to live life as a wolf in the Canadian forest for 2 years. His work becomes renowned once he re-enters society and is given his own show on Animal Planet (or some similar channel). One night, when he drives his intoxicated daughter home, he gets into a car accident and is rendered comatose with little chance of recovering. The book explores Luke, his relationships with his family members, and the wolves. His tragic accident brings his broken family together to decide his fate by determining whether or not to continue life support.

In true Jodi Picoult fashion, this book is told through the eyes of several different characters:

  • Luke— the father, lone wolf and comatose patient
  • Cara–Luke’s daughter that was in the same accident but suffered non-life threatening injuries
  • Edward–Luke’s estranged son
  • Georgie–Luke’s ex-wife
  • Joe— Georgie’s second and current husband

It wasn’t her best book but it was still entertaining. I finished it in 3 days. I would recommend it as a great beach/vacation read.