Welcome to the blog tour for Lone Wolf by Jody Picoult!
First of all, I have 3 (!) posts today, all with giveaways, so be sure to check out Part 2 of the Dinner With Lisa blog tour and the Lichgates Hidden Worlds blog tour!
And now back to Lone Wolf.
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.
(Summary and cover picture via Goodreads)
Luke Warren has had a fascinating live. Choosing to live among the wolves he studies has made him an international sensation, but it has come at a cost. He has lost his wife and older son, but still has his daughter who seems to understand him. Things change with Cara and Luke get into a car accident though, and now Luke is in a come with not much hope of recovering. Now his ex-wife Georgie and estranged son Edward are back to help make some hard decisions. Edward and Cara clash with what should be done, and a family that was already falling apart will be torn to pieces as secrets and lies come to the forefront.
I was of two minds about this book. I enjoyed the story, but I disliked several of the characters. I found Luke and Cara to be particularly grating. Luke didn't seem to care about anything except his wolves, and Cara was annoying, manipulative, and petulant. Although in retrospect that may just be really good writing given the fact that Cara is 17. I liked Edward a lot more than those two, and I found Georgie to be more sympathetic and sensible than all 3 of them. Georgie's husband Joe was my favorite character out of the bunch. He was smart and nice and ready to take care of things to the best of his ability.
So can you enjoy a book in which your don't like some of the characters? Actually, yes. I found the story itself to be very interesting. The way Luke's "journals" of his time with the wolves interwove with the main storyline was very well done. The issues brought up with regards to Luke's condition and future were thought-provoking. As the story unfolded, you certainly got a feel for why the characters were making some of the decisions that they did. The secrets that were uncovered added some interesting dimensions to the story. Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was interesting and in some ways very touching. Watching this family work through some of their issues makes one almost believe anything is possible.
Book provided for review.
Ok, so because I'm in a giving mood (and also because I had to reschedule this post because of real life stuff), I'm going to give away my copy of Lone Wolf to one lucky person!
You can receive one new-ish, only read once copy of this book by entering your info into the Rafflecopter form. Bonus entry for leaving a comment on this blog post.
This giveaway will be open internationally (although I reserve the right to just buy a copy of the book from The Book Depository if that will be cheaper than shipping my book).
Thanks so much for stopping by, check out my other giveaways, and good luck!