Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

I finally made it to the top of the waiting list at the library for this book! The Wonder is similar to Donoghue’s earlier novel Room in that the main storyline of this book takes place in one room, but the storyline is completely different…
We follow the tale of a nurse, Lib, assigned to observe a young girl who is said to be able to live without eating anything. Donoghue artfully allows the reader to empathize with Lib as she struggles between the duties to her employer and the duties of being a nurse. We share in the frustration and at times the despair of Lib as she attempts to grasp the influence of Catholicism on her patient’s psyche; is this a tale of gullibility or a miracle? Who/what is helping this little girl? Should Lib be protecting her patient? And the questions keep coming…

What I loved most about this book was the pace and atmosphere – I wanted to know the ending almost as soon as the novel had begun. This book draws you in and will hauntyou to the finish. 4.5 Stars from me.

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