If you had asked me a few years ago to name my favorite adult author, I'd have a hard time doing so, but I probably would answer with Jodi Picoult. I've read her books since she was first published and, in my opinion, her work just kept getting better and better. I loved them and recommended them all the time. Then, I don't know if my reading tastes changed, if I became more picky, or if I just grew out of her, but the last three books I've read of Picoult's have just left me unimpressed and a bit sad. Sad to lose a love of an author's books and sad that I can no longer seem to rave about her.
Lone Wolf wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything remarkable. It also wasn't anything new. There was a hot-button issue introduced, the story is told from multiple points of view, it included a court battle, etc. It seems like the same story is being told in every book, it's only the topic that's different. We've seen cancer, school shootings, gay rights, child abuse, etc., but it's told in the exact same way. I'm bored, Jodi and I don't want to be! I like you!
I actually liked the story in this latest book...I read all the way to the end, which is quite remarkable for me these days, and some of her writing is still incredibly beautiful and caused me to stop and think before moving on to the next sentence or chapter. I learned a lot about wolves and their habits that I never would have known if I hadn't picked this up. That being said, I was still left unsatisfied and really didn't care how the story ended. I wasn't invested in any of the characters, because I felt I had read them SO many times before.
If you haven't read a lot of Picoult, pick this one up and see what you think. And if you've read a lot of her, but still love her, definitely give it a go. If you're bored like me, cross your fingers that next year's book will be new and exciting.