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?
Lone Wolf is the story of a family broken apart by neglect and brought back together by tragedy. After Luke Warren suffers from serious brain damage that puts him in a vegetable state following a car accident, his family struggles to come to terms with his injuries and face the repercussions of the actions that tore them apart in the first place.
The novel has several points of view, jumping from character to character in what is an endless stream of sterile waiting rooms, poor decision-making and badly handled grief. Georgie, Luke’s ex-wife and the mother of his two children Edward and Cara, tries her best to be there for both her children in a time of crisis while balancing a new family. Edward has been in Thailand for the past six years, navigating the foreign country content in the knowledge that no one would follow him. And Cara has been living with her dad for the past few years, their father-daughter relationship though strange is a close one.
While Cara and Edward clash over how to best handle their father’s health care and try to define the relationship between them, desperate measure are taken and I found myself thinking watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy would be less melodramatic and a better use of my time. Furthermore, Cara continuously frustrated me. I know a person wrought with grief is entitled to their fair share of bad decisions, however, Cara takes it one step further without fully grasping the consequences. No child wants to say goodbye to a parent but there is only so far denial can take you, but Cara seems intent on riding it to exhaustion. Edward while not in denial seems prone to stupid decisions too.
Even though I described the book as dramatic I still found it boring, the plot just lacked believability and suspense. There was an outrageous amount of medical information and court hearings. Coupled with the overload of wolf information that while interesting grew to be mind numbing, I found myself continuously distracted and unmotivated to finish the novel. I was surprised by how much I did not enjoy Jodi Picoult’s novel, where her other works have been a refreshing look into family dynamics this novel fell short of what I have come to expect from her novels.