Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Feb 2012)
  • 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 Cara who hopes he’ll make a miraculous recovery or Edward who is more in favour of pulling the plug, literally… Whilst various characters take turns in this dance of ethics, we also hear Luke’s voice through his recollections of his experiences with wolves. It soon becomes clear that Luke’s priorities lie very firmly with his lupine pals. For me, it was like watching a movie in split screen where you face constant distractions – just as you feel you are getting to know one character, another one pops up or you’re back with the wolves again.

    I found the wolf sections much more compelling than the human interactions even though I felt no empathy whatsoever for Luke, a man who wants to have his cake and eat it. It’s clear that Jodi has done meticulous research and she paints a fascinating portrait of the hierarchy and idiosyncrasies of a wolf pack whilst comparing them to those of a human family.

    I have really enjoyed most of Jodi Picoult’s books but this one slightly missed the mark for me. It was bound to happen sometime! All in all, an enjoyable enough read but not the strongest contender in the Picoult stable – a 3.5 star read for me.

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    1. Ellie says:

      I like the idea of the wolf part but she does seem to be getting a bit formulaic and I haven’t even read half of her books. I’d probably pick it up second hand when the paperback’s been out a while.

    2. admin says:

      I always look forward to her new book each year, Ellie and despite the “formula” the key themes usually intrigue me – just not so much this year. I am intrigued by Shaun Ellis, the English wolf researcher who Jodi met as part of her research for the book.

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