Picoult has always been one of my favourite authors, I’ve almost read all she’s ever written. Her popularity has grown steadily and her books are translated into many languages. I just heard her speak in London at the BBC and she packed a large auditorium with fans. She spoke very well and obviously loves what she does.
As always, Picoult did her research well on the three issues of this book: wolf behaviour, organ donation, and end of life issues. However, as a novel I found this one fell a bit flat and seemed formulaic. All of her books include multiple narrators, tricky family relationships, a tragedy, a few twists and turns, some medicine and a court case. There is usually the hope of a miracle involved and some questions which are left unanswered until the very end. All of this usually makes for an enjoyable read, especially because she weaves a provocative topic into this formula and that makes each book a little different. ‘Lone Wolf’ for me was a bit cliché and not nearly as creative as some of her earlier novels, despite the interesting insight into wolf behaviour.
I am really looking forward to her latest novel which has just come out called ‘Between the Lines’ which is a young adult novel and was co-authored with her daughter Samantha Van Leer.