Book Review: Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult

416 pages
Published: March 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Genre: Young adult fiction.


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 comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.

With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?

Lone Wolf explores the notion of family, and the love, protection and strength it’s meant to offer. But what if the hope that should sustain it, is the very thing that pulls it apart? Another tour de force from Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf examines the wild and lonely terrain upon which love battles reason. (Goodreads).

My thoughts:

Motherhood, Biology/Medicine, and Law are three major topics you will find in Jodi Picoult’s. As long as I read her books, she consistently presents them to her readers. In addition, she always picture a perfect figure of a father in her stories.

In my view, Picoult writes the topics like she’s the expert. She will show us the detail of an end to end legal process. On the other hands, she will also explain us the medical/scientific terms, which will be the main topic of her story, like she master it. Then they will be perfectly combined into a storyline.

This is a story of Zoologist, Luke Warren, who experienced a car crash with her daughter. Cara was badly injured, but it didn’t affect her consciousness, while Luke himself was in a worst condition. He had a brain trauma and his life depend on medical devices. The conflict started when his son, who had been gone for years, appeared. Since his parents divorced and her sister was underage, Edward would be responsible of his father life. With some consideration, he decided to let his father go, which is totally opposed Cara’s wish.

Regardless of the family conflict, the author gave me some details about wolves, such as their behaviour, the pack hierarchy, the hunting and defense strategy, how they communicate, etc. These information were found through Luke’s point of view and presented as his journal. I also found some medical information about brain injury. However, the author had almost made me doubt her consistency. I didn’t find any sign of court trial until I reached more than a half of the story. It was when both siblings fought for a legal guardian of their father. This was also the moment when revelation had started.

During my reading session, I have always thought about the reason why Edward left his family and what exactly happened before the car crash. Unfortunately, the answers were out of my anticipation. As long as I read Picoult’s books Inhave never found this kind of plot. At the moment I finally found the actual reason why Edward left as well as a brief chronology of the accident.

Lastly, Lone Wolf is quite different from Picoult’s other book. While she mostly focused on medical or molecular biology in detail, she showed her knowledge about zoology in this book. As a closing I would like to share some meaningful quotes I found in the story:

“Because hate’s just the flip side of love. Like heads and tails on a dime. If you don’t know what it feels like to love someone, how would you know what hate is? One can’t exist without the other.”

“Doubt is like dye. Once it spreads into the fabric of excuses you’ve woven, you’ll never get rid of the stain.”

“I knew a thing or two about tigers. Like: If you shaved one, its skin would still be stripped. And every tiger had a white mark on the back of each ear, so that it seemed like it was keeping an eye on you even when it was walking away.”


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