Original Publication Date: 2012
Rating: 2 Stars
I have really got to stop expecting new and exciting things from Jodi Picoult. My Sister's Keeper was a one hit wonder, and the rest of her novels are bubblegum or rehashes with very slightly different casts of the same novel. At least they're easy reads. Bubblegum isn't terrible, just not good.
Let me sum it up for you: Life or Death Situation is followed by Awkward Family Moment, usually in a hospital, is followed by an Ethical Dilemma in which there is an Intense Disagreement and Alienation of Certain Family Members. All this is followed by the Big Courtroom Drama Law and Order SVU style, then a Dramatic Decision is made, which is followed by a Big Reveal of a secret or Big Twist Ending that changes everything.
This book had some serious potential. There's a family. Luke, the father, works with wolves. He has been known to take off and live with packs of wolves. Cara is his high school daughter. Edward is the estranged son. Luke's ex-wife is married to an attorney and has young twins from her second marriage. There is a car accident, when Luke is picking up Cara from a party that she had attended. Cara drags him out of the car, but he is non-responsive. Luke's character could have been so fucking cool. Instead, the story just sort of petered out into a Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper rehash.