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Lone Wolf [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Picoult
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Luke Warren is involved in a car accident which leaves him in a coma, his family are gathered together against the odds; they face an impossible dilemma.



His daughter Cara is praying for a miracle: she will fight everything and everyone to save her father's life.



His son Edward can't imagine that a man who once ran with wolves could ever be happy with a different life.



But he hasn't spoken to Luke for six years. How can he dare to speak on his father's behalf?



Somehow, they must choose:



Do they keep Luke alive?



Or do they let him go?



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Review

'Picoult's impressive research into wolf biology, hierarchy and pack mentality ultimately forms a plausible and highly informative story . . . This is a heartbreaking story told in engaging prose.' (Image magazine, Ireland)

'Picoult fans will love it' (Sunday Express)

'A compelling and exciting read. This is Jodi Picoult at her very best; a superb story with characters that are realistic. The plot is fast paced, fascinating and makes the reader consider "just what would I do?" ' ***** (NewBooks Magazine)

'Always insightful about human families, Picoult proves to be equally perceptive about animal ones in LONE WOLF.' (USA Today)

'Picoult 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.' (Publishers Weekly)

'An absorbing read.' (Woman's Own)

'Heartache and an unbearable decision are at the centre of Jodi Picoult's latest powerful book.' **** (Star magazine)

Review

'Picoult's impressive research into wolf biology, hierarchy and pack mentality ultimately forms a plausible and highly informative story ... This is a heartbreaking story told in engaging prose.' -- Image magazine, Ireland 'Picoult fans will love it' -- Sunday Express 'Picoult has dealt with a highly controversial issue with both courage and sensitivity. LONE WOLF is another fine example of her incredible storytelling ... She once again shows the joys and heartbreaks of everyday life ... Once you start, you will struggle to put it down.' -- www.novelicious.com 'LONE WOLF could have been an overblown sob story, but the excellent Jodi picoult moulds it into superior literary ficton in a gripping human story.' -- Mail on Sunday 'A compelling and exciting read. This is Jodi Picoult at her very best; a superb story with characters that are realistic. The plot is fast paced, fascinating and makes the reader consider "just what would I do?" ' ***** -- NewBooks Magazine 'There are many aspirants to her throne, but nobody in commercial fiction cranks the pages more effectively than Jodi Picoult ... Always insightful about human families, Picoult proves to be equally perceptive about animal ones in LONE WOLF.' -- USA Today 'Picoult 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.' -- Publishers Weekly 'It's as fascinating as eavesdropping.' -- Saga 'An absorbing read.' ***** -- Woman's Own 'Heartache and an unbearable decision are at the centre of Jodi Picoult's latest powerful book.' **** -- Star magazine Praise for Picoult's previous novel, SING YOU HOME -- : 'Never one to shy away from moral and ethical dilemmas, or from presenting every side of the debate, Picoult gives her readers all the virtuosic plotting, cliffhangers and twists they've come to expect' -- Daily Mail 'Picoult tackles this sensitive subject with her usual flawless research and convincing characters ... as is Picoult's signature style, the reader is left just as torn as the characters over the best solution. Thought-provoking and gripping.' -- SHE 'An emotional novel ... if you were a fan of MY SISTER'S KEEPER, you'll love this!' -- Prima 'LONE WOLF could have been an overblown sob story, but the excellent Jodi Picoult moulds it into superior literary fiction in a gripping human story' -- Mail on Sunday 'It's an emotional story about what can happen to a family when things fall apart. It's full of suspense and tension, but that doesn't stop you relating to the characters. Jodi Picoult understands what her readers love: a well-written, intelligent, challenging story.' -- Essential Magazine 'Picoult has again created a heart-wrenching situation for a cast of troubled characters ... a solid work, especially for fans of the writer.' -- Western Daily Press 'A heartbreaking story told in engaging prose.' -- Image Magazine, Ireland 'A gripping page-turner embracing compelling issues.' -- SO magazine 'A great book raising some important issues ... brilliant characterisation and a great story.' -- Middlesbrough Gazette 'LONE WOLF is another fine example of her incredible storytelling ... Once you start, you will struggle to put down.' -- www.novelicious.com

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1006 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444728989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444728989
  • ASIN: B00723JRWK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.jodipicoult.co.uk.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising (4.5 stars) 5 Mar. 2012
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
As a big Jodi Picoult fan I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I have read all of her other novels and enjoyed them (barring `Songs of The Humpback Whale' which I found to be a bit bland), so it was safe to say that I was anticipating an excellent read here.

Picoult definitely doesn't disappoint in this excellent story of a fractured family, hidden secrets and a horrific moral dilemma faced by an estranged brother and sister. I loved every word- the characterisation was excellent, settings believable and it really does make you think what you would do if you ever found yourself in a similar situation.

The book revolves around Cara and her father Luke, both injured in a car accident that unfortunately leaves Luke on a ventilator with a practically nil chance of waking- and even if he does, chances are he will be brain damaged. As Luke was a famous naturalist who has integrated himself into wild wolf packs, his estranged son questions whether his father would ever want to live such a different way of life. Cara meanwhile is determined to prove that any life at all, is at least worth living...

As the book unfolds, family secrets are brought to the fore which only adds further drama to the proceedings. Chapters are told from alternate characters perspectives which really adds a sense of tension to the story, as well as a degree of empathy and understanding as to what the family are going through.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read 16 Jan. 2012
By C Hicks VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Lone Wolf is the story of a family brought back together through a terrible accident. When Luke Warren is bringing his teenage daughter, Cara, home from a party, the two of them crash, leaving Cara with a broken shoulder and Luke in a coma. Luke's ex-wife, who has remarried and has a new young family, calls their eldest child, son Edward who has been abroad and estranged for six years and he returns home.

There are, as always with Picoult's novels, many strands running through the novel and the story is told from several characters' perspectives. Luke Warren is a man obsessed with wolves and the study of their lifestyle - to the extent that he left his family and lived wild with a wolf pack in the remote Canadian forests for two years.

It was a fascinating insight into the lives of wolves and the level of research is impressive alongside the detail of the court case and medical references. The parallels between wolf behaviour and human behaviour are interesting too.

I have long been a fan of Jodi Picoult and I wasn't disappointed in this book. The story hooks you in, wanting to know about Luke's experiences in the wild with the wolves; wanting to know why Edward argued with his father and left his family; and wanting to know what Cara is hiding about the car accident. Having the chapters told by various characters adds to the story's dimension - exploring different viewpoints and emotions.

A good read - well written, well researched and as ever with a satisfying ending.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lone Wolf 26 Jan. 2012
By EssexReader VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Its rare that I read a Jodi Picoult book that I don't enjoy but when I heard of the storyline, I did wonder whether I would enjoy reading so much about wolves. However the amount of research that was necessitated made for interesting reading and having these chapters narrated by Luke and hearing his voice throughout the book added an extra dimension. The book follows the usual JP formula but its one that seems to work.

Luke's estranged son, Edward, flies home from Thailand upon hearing from his mother Georgie about the accident involving his father and sister, Cara. Luke lies in a coma and Cara requires surgery for her injuries. Cara blames Edward for breaking up the family by running away 6 years previously and thus causing the subsequent divorce between Luke and Georgie. Georgie has now remarried and has a new family whereas Luke's family is Cara and the wolves that he looks after. As the story progresses you learn more about Luke and eventually the reason why Edward left so quickly. The antagonism that Cara feels towards Edward leads to a courtroom battle as who will have the right to become Luke's medical representative - Edward believes that his father wouldn't want to live whilst Cara is determined to keep her father alive at any cost. Cara came across as being quite immature in her reasoning and towards the end, we learn the truth of a secret she is hiding that is hinted at throughout the book.

I enjoyed reading this, it was interesting and I became engrossed in the story. It seems to have received a varied response by way of review but to my mind JP just writes a story so well and they are a pleasure to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of men and wolves... 17 May 2012
By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I have read two Jodi Picoult's books, the first one, My Sister's Keeper, was a page-turner that I was inspired to read after having seen the film, but it is the "Lone Wolf", my second book that I randomly picked up from the local library, that inspired me to write a review.

I don't think it is necessary, with the amount of reviewers writing short description of the book, to add another one to the reviews page. And I would also like to point out that I am definitely not a long-standing fan of Jodi Picoult in a sense that I am not inclined to leave a five stars review just because I love everything she writes... But you know what, I might become one pretty soon.

I really enjoyed the "Lone Wolf", and what not to enjoy - the subject (and not the easy one) is well-researched, the characters are well developed and all of them likeable (so much that it's quite hard to pick the ones who you would side with), the language is flowing and easy to read, and the questions that Jodi Picoult raises throughout her book are quite urgent and well-worth thinking about.

Perhaps some people will find the excessive details about the wolf packs and patterns of wolf behaviour that are presented in short information blocks quite tiring and unnecessary, but I found that those segments were well-placed and gave the book a somewhat unusual feel. Besides, some facts about the wolves are quite fascinating, and especially when you think about relating and comparing the aspects you know (or think you might know) about human behaviour, to the behaviour of the wolves. I did not find the book patronizing and moralising, like some of the readers did, when those comparisons were made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 16 days ago by Jane Buckley
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable easy read.....
I loved the storyteller & Jodis wonderful new book, leaving time. So I'm working my way through her back catalogue when I'm holiday as they are, generally, easy readers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile for all Jodi fans
This Jodi Picoult book did not disappointment me. I have been a fan of her for years. The research that went into the book was authentic and added to the enjoyment of the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbiebak
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking story
I've just finished reading the book and am experiencing mixed emotions. Luke, the father who chose to leave his family to live with wolves, was such an interesting character, I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jill Brookes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read great price
Published 1 month ago by evoevans
5.0 out of 5 stars one of her best
Loved it. Really well researched and very enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by sugarmax
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece
Yet another masterpiece from Picoult. The end had me in tears. She really gets you so involved with the characters and gets to know her topics inside out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster
Picoult has a wonderful habit of keep p ing y o u hooked until the last word. This story both warms and breaks your heart, hate and love the main character
Published 2 months ago by Lyndsey Toyn
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual 's Picoult at her best.
A beautifully written and well researched novel that I enjoyed very much and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good read.
Published 2 months ago by louise tipton
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive reading
I am a fan of Jodi Picoult and this book did not disappoint
Published 2 months ago by Claire
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