Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lone Wolf

Lone WolfLone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's a Jodi Picoult...what can I say?  It's engrossing, has multiple narrators with interesting personalities, and it finishes with a satisfying ending.

Luke Warren enjoys a minor celebrity status for his enthusiastic wolf studies, which include living with the wolves in the wild as well as raising a wolf pack at his own park, where people can come and watch him interact with them in an enclosed fence.  Known for being larger than life, Luke has just survived a car accident only to be trapped in his own body in a vegetative state.  His daughter, also in the car at the time of the accident, suffered a shattered shoulder.  His son, estranged for the past six years and living in Thailand, hops on the first flight home.  His ex-wife, now re-married and the mother of twins with her second husband, struggles to help everyone maintain all tenuous familial relationships.  The question is: Who should decide whether or not to pull the plug?  Luke's son wants to pull the plug; his daughter wants to wait until Luke heals, whether that takes twenty days or twenty years.

I learned a lot about the psychology of wolves and wolf packs, and cheered for each character as I discovered their individual motivations.  There's courtroom drama, family drama, teen angst, secrets revealed...all the good stuff is in here.

It's a thick book that reads so fast you won't believe it.  Enjoy!

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