Lone Wolf

If this isn’t the perfect cover for Loki to model, I don’t know what is.  Jodi Picoult strikes again.  I don’t think I’ve read a book of hers that I didn’t like, and this one starts off with a bang.  Or, more specifically, a crash.

Cara and her father Luke are in a car accident.  Cara comes out of it with a fractured shoulder.  Luke wasn’t so lucky– he suffers a severe head trauma and is in a coma.  His prognosis is not good.  He’s believed to be in a vegetative state, and his doctor doesn’t think that he will ever recover.

Luke Warren is a local celebrity, known for his work with wolves.  He made it his life’s work to become a part of a wolf pack.  And he succeeds.  He is a member of the various packs he watches over at the animal park he runs.  He was also able to infiltrate a wild wolf pack, having spent two years in the Canadian wilderness.  Cara sees her father as nothing short of a god.

For Edward, Cara’s brother, Luke is a mere mortal.  Edward has spent the last six years in Thailand, after leaving home at eighteen after a fight with his father.  When his mom calls him with news about the accident, Edward comes home.  As the only sibling of age, he is responsible for what happens to his father.

There’s a lot of drama in this book.  Edward believes that his father would want the plug pulled– someone who is so used to being active would hate to live in a vegetative state.  Cara disagrees.  Despite the doctor’s diagnosis, she holds on to hope that Luke will get better.  The siblings clash, and pull their mom and stepdad into the fray.  They’re all keeping secrets, but eventually the truth comes out.

Each chapter is told in a different character’s voice.  It makes the story that much deeper, being able to get into their head and see how they’re feeling.  They’ve all made some mistakes, and have some things to reveal.

The ending wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but it was still good.  Everyone got what they needed, and they learned the lesson that Luke was always trying to teach– how to be a pack.

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