Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue


Another impulsive buy, because Stephen King remarked it as “Impossible to put down” and also because of the cover (I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but this beauty here brought me happiness in strange ways 🙂 )

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Genre: Historical Fiction

51iIWylu-ALBlurb (as on Goodreads)

In the latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

The latest masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room.

My Take:

A psychological thriller, this book questions the notion of religion. The beliefs that people have and the belief that other people try to put into the minds of the innocent. Religion was meant for the greater good and not as punishment.

Set up in Ireland, the O’Donnell family claims that her daughter Anna has eaten nothing for the past 4 months and in thriving against all odds. People from all part of the world flock to meet this ‘wonder-girl’. Some people also believe that she might be a saint in making! But Anna has a secret- a grave one. A secret which her own mother has decided to ignore. This forces Anna to follow the path shown by religion and God and do penance for her sins.

Lib- a young nurse from England is sent to uncover the secret behind this ‘wonder-girl’. Lib isn’t a follower of Christianity or rather doesn’t believe in God’s miracles. Will she be able to find the truth behind Anna’s mysterious life?

This book also restores my faith in humanity. How a small act of humanity can make a big difference in someone’s life.

The plot has been elaborately described with hints of love and romance. The language is simple with references to Irish terms and proverbs. The plot unfolds slowly and delicately and is extremely thought-provoking. At no point does the reader feels detached from the storyline and it rarely gets boring.

This book has left me surprised and spell-bound. I hadn’t received great reviews regarding this book from my fellow readers. But now I am glad that I picked it up.


Goodreads rating: 3.66/5

My rating: 4.5/5

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Until next time



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