Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

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28 Critic Reviews

Lone Wolf is an emotionally impactful story dealing with familial differences, love, redemption, and forgiveness. Each character gets a chance to further the story from his or her point of view in the different chapters that author Jodi Picoult impressively interconnects. Another informative and compelling book from Ms. Picoult.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

A life hanging in the balance…a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and letting go.

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: 28 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 7

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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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Nov 26 2016

There are no surprises, as Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper) as usual probes intriguing matters of the heart while introducing her fans to subjects they might not otherwise explore. You can always count on Picoult for a terrific page-turner about a compelling subject.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Carty Lepri on Feb 26 2012

Lone Wolf is an emotionally impactful story dealing with familial differences, love, redemption, and forgiveness. Each character gets a chance to further the story from his or her point of view in the different chapters that author Jodi Picoult impressively interconnects. Another informative and compelling book from Ms. Picoult.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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LabLit.com

Above average
Reviewed by Steve Caplan on Sep 07 2012

All told, this is an excellent and riveting novel, by a masterful storyteller. The only weak point — at least from a ‘lab lit’ standpoint — is perhaps that once again a scientist is depicted as absolutely fanatical in his devotion to his work. But what are we scientists — if not at least mildly obsessed? Such is our fate.

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Luxury Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova on Apr 05 2012

The “big” family secrets that were continuously hinted at throughout the book were not all that “big” when they panned out. And while some twists were still present in Lone Wolf, they were not particularly surprising, and neither was the ending itself.

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Amanda Keats on Feb 24 2012

In Lone Wolf, as in her many other novels, Picoult has dealt with a highly controversial issue with both courage and sensitivity. Lone Wolf is another fine example of her incredible storytelling, offering no easy answers, no simple ways out and no clue what is going to happen on the following page!

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Pure Textuality

Excellent
Reviewed by Beth on Feb 28 2012

Jodi Picoult is a master at crafting characters that are flawed, believable, and human...I’m a daughter, a sister, a mother, and a grandmother; I not only felt this family’s struggles, I felt they were my own.

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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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Bibliophile By the Sea

Excellent
Reviewed by (Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea on Feb 28 2012

As you can probably tell, I really loved Lone Wolf. It was at times both thought-provoking and emotional. Especially heartfelt was watching what Georgie had to endure, as she witnessed her two children battling over their father's fate. This page-turner should make for some lively book club discussions. Highly Recommended.

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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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Lovely Treez Reads

Above average
on Dec 31 2011

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...

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Below average
Reviewed by shelleyrae on Mar 31 2012

I think fans of Picoult will be left distinctly underwhelmed by Lone Wolf but its an accessible title for a younger audience and a reasonably quick read as the typeset is quite large.

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Good
on 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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Above average
Reviewed by Kat on Jan 27 2013

This wasn’t my favourite Picoult book and at times I found it a bit of a struggle to continue reading, however, towards the end, the pace picked up and overall, I’m glad I persevered.

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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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Above average
Reviewed by Diane Sexton on Jul 03 2012

It is confronting to say the least, but you will come out with a new insight into yourself, and perhaps into your own family, after reading.

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https://thequietvoice18.wordpress.com

Good
on Apr 04 2012

Though not her best book, Lone Wolf will immerse readers and most likely please fans of Picoult’s other works, as well as those interested in wolves. Recommended.

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https://wordsndreamz.wordpress.com

Good
on Apr 15 2012

It is a beautiful story. Picoult adds her ingredients of moral dilemmas, which are difficult to work with, and blends it with emotions, perceptions, and lives of all her characters to make it a fascinating read.

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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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