Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

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14 Critic Reviews

linking the human family constellation to the structure of a wolf pack never quite works. Rather, it becomes a constraint which at best is simplistic psychology and at worst invites cliché.
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Synopsis

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SENSATION TELLS A PROVOCATIVE STORY ABOUT FAMILY SECRETS, LOVE, AND LETTING GO IN HER UNFORGETTABLE NEW TOUR DE FORCE.

On an icy winter night, a terrible accident forces a family divided to come together and make a fateful decision. Cara, once protected by her father, Luke, is tormented by a secret that nobody knows. Her brother, Edward, has secrets of his own. He has kept them hidden, but now they may come to light, and if they do, Cara will be devastated. Their mother, Georgie, was never able to compete with her ex-husband’s obsessions, and now, his fate hangs in the balance and in the hands of her children. With conflicting motivations and emotions, what will this family decide? And will they be able to live with that decision, after the truth has been revealed? What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?
 

About Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers 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. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Jan 09 2012

the story is a more conventional soap opera of hospital, and later courtroom histrionics... Readers will care less about Luke’s prospects for survival than they will about the outcome for his wild companions.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Mar 31 2012

Picoult does an excellent job of portraying the complexity of the issues and the emotions of family members forced to decide whether to terminate life support. Less satisfactory was her ending.

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Mar 31 2012

Picoult is a good writer; her characters are strong and their motivations believable... Picoult does an excellent job of portraying the complexity of the issues and the emotions of family members

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by LYNDA GRACE PHILIPPSEN on Mar 11 2012

As fascinating as the current research on wolves might be, linking the human family constellation to the structure of a wolf pack never quite works.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Lynda Philippsen on Mar 11 2012

linking the human family constellation to the structure of a wolf pack never quite works. Rather, it becomes a constraint which at best is simplistic psychology and at worst invites cliché.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Deidre Donahue on Feb 27 2012

Always insightful about human families, Picoult proves to be equally perceptive about animal ones in Lone Wolf.

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About.com

Excellent
Reviewed by John Formy-Duvall

the unfolding of the back stories of her characters that elevates Lone Wolf above the pack of books that appear every year...a well-written, thought-provoking story.

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Cindy Wolfe Boynton on Feb 26 2012

Picoult’s well-developed characters, compelling story and authentic prose create a novel that many will undoubtedly call her best yet — which it just may be.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Margaret Rice on Apr 07 2012

Jodi Picoult has done it again, bringing out her 19th novel, Lone Wolf. It is so well crafted

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ABC Perth

Excellent
Reviewed by Gillian O'Shaughnessy on Mar 21 2012

If you're a fan of Jodi Picoult you will love this book. Even if you're not, Luke Warren's incredible story would keep you interested. I loved it.

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Book'd Out

Below average
Reviewed by Shelley Rae on Mar 31 2012

there was nothing terribly bad about Lone Wolf but neither was there anything remarkable... fans of Picoult will be left distinctly underwhelmed

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Pretty Books

Good
Feb 21 2012

Lone Wolf is another gripping family drama from Jodi Picoult, keeping the reader thoroughly interested and on edge until the very end.

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Flourish Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Monique Mulligan on Aug 03 2012

A story about hope, anger, grief, love and relationships, Lone Wolf is realistic, compelling, moving and fascinating by turns. The more I read, the more I enjoyed it.

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Book Nerd Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Melissa on Mar 24 2012

Lone Wolf for me, was good, but not her best work in my honest opinion.

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