Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Review of Lone Wolf by Jodi Piccoult

I'm a big fan of Jodi's books and she didn't let me down with this one.  A family torn apart by events in the past and reunited in the wake of an accident but are they really reunited or is the divide to widen further with the life and death decisions that lay ahead.

Luke Baxter lives with his seventeen year old daughter Cara and his pack of wolves.  He's a conservationist that goes to the extreme and leaves his young family to try and go to the next step and integrate himself with a wild pack of wolves in the Canadian wilds.  Having survived the challenge he re-enters the human world and a changed man and ultimately loses his wife and son.  His ever faithful daughter chooses to make a new life for herself with him.  One fateful night the truck they are travelling in goes off the road and Cara has serious injuries but Luke has a major head trauma that leaves him battling for life on a ventilator and deep in a coma.

Luke's son, Edwards immediately flies back from Thailand where he has spent the last six years avoiding all contact with his father.  The prognosis for Luke's recovery are not good and a decision has to be made as to whether the life support machine should be turned off.

A decision that Luke and Cara and unable to agree on.  Whilst Edward knows his father would never, if ever, return to any sort of life.  Cara believes that miracles can happen and fights tooth and nail to keep her father alive.  Circumstances get out of control and decisions are taken that lead to more hurt and heartbreak.

With neither party still in agreement the pair find themselves locked in a tense courtroom battle, fighting to get the title of Luke's guardian but who will win and how will Luke's fate be decided.

This was another tense book and I found myself at times feeling pain for each character and siding with one and then the other.  How would I deal in a situation like that? The answer is, I really don't know.  At the end of the day, what is the right decision?

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