The Wonder: A Novel by Emma DonoghueThe Wonder: A Novel by Emma Donoghue

The Wonder: A Novel

byEmma Donoghue

Hardcover | December 30, 2017

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An Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder in the next masterpiece from New York Times—bestselling author Emma Donoghue.

A village in 1850s Ireland is baffled by Anna O’Donnell’s fast. A little girl appears to be thriving after months without food, and the story of this 'wonder' has reached fever pitch.

Tourists flock in droves to the O'Donnell family's modest cabin, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale, who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud.

As Anna deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child, but for getting to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in slow motion.

A magnetic novel written with all the spare and propulsive tension that made ROOM a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels—as a simple tale of two strangers who will transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil in its many masks.

 

Emma Donoghue was born on October 24, 1969 in Dublin, Ireland. She received her BA degree from the University College Dublin and PhD in English from University of Cambridge. Her first novel was Stir Fry and it was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 1994. Her next novel was Hood which won the 1997 American Library Association's...
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Title:The Wonder: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:December 30, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay easy read. Not as good as The Room.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hooked by the mystery I was hooked by the mystery at the centre of this book and I enjoyed the end reveal and resolution - but the characters, especially the narrator, felt a little too formulaic. I found myself getting very frustrated at the lack of nuance and humanity in the initial presentation of the narrator, although that changes over time.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Very different approach to the book "Room". Enjoyed this side of the author
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating! Once starting on the story, I had to get to the bottom of it. I had to figure out the solution to the mystery. It was beautifully written!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but missing something I found the book to be an easy and fast read for me. I picked it up not to read more from the author of Room but because it is set in rural Ireland. With their strong belief in fairies and superstitions I was hoping this would have a more magical quality to it. Instead, it was more of a analytical look at the unwavering belief of religion and how it can be destructive which itself was interesting to read but not what I expected from the book description on the jacket. I was disappointed with the ending most of all.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put down This is my favourite Emma Donohue book so far. I had a hard time putting it down, just wanting to get to the bottom of Anna's story.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Compelling concept; beautiful writing. I thought the ending seemed a bit too easy, though, and I wasn't a fan of the romance.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book. This book hooked me in the beginning and the end was satisfactory. The journey of this nurse and how the little girl is surviving without food will make you want to read the entire book and want a sequel.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from hhhh... okay some great bits, but mostly just okay
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goes back to her roots Donoghue goes back to her roots in this historical reconstitution. On par with Life Mask, Slammerskin, and the Sealed Letter, The Wonder rescues women from the dark corners of history. Donoghue's critique of Ireland and the Catholic faith are nevertheless a departure, and one can't help but feel that the author, having lived for a long time in Canada, is reflecting back on her home country and its treatment of women.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start, but good in the end This novel took a long time to get into however after the half-way point it was quite the page-turner. I enjoyed the historical accuracy and the clever characters.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good start but the ending was a let down. I actually really enjoyed the slow build in this book, however, was left unsatisfied by the ending.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it It's a pretty good read, I would recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovedthis book! This book was slow to move at first, but I am so happy I kept going. My interest was piqued because of the references to a "Nightingale -trained nurse" specifically because I am a registered nurse. As the story evolved I loved how we go small glimpses about the nurse's life and yet I completely missed what was really going on with the child. I loved this book!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! The book was pretty good and I would recommend!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Took me a while to get into this book, but the author finished the story nicely
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A little slow in the beginning, but picked up and was a good read.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start but worth it I never read The Room so had no expectations going in. This was a fantastic book! The whole time I was reading it I was trying to figure out what was going on. My only complaint is that it's slow to start, so it may take awhile to grab some readers... worth it, though.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book This novel had me interested through out, it's a good read.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow You could read the first chapter then skip to the last 50 pages, it was also too religious preachy for me.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good I found the story really captured my interest. Perhaps not enough happened leading up to the climax, but I still enjoyed it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! After a period of mainly reading "genre books," this novel brought me back to fiction. I'll admit, I mainly chose it due to the beautiful cover art (yes, I'm one who judges a book by it's cover - at least at Chapters). However, I was immediately swept up into the story and prose. I was interested in the central mystery, but it was the character development and language that kept me turning the pages.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book I read this book recently and thought it was worth the read!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not My Favorite Book By This Author This book was well written... but it just wasn't the same caliber as her other books. Maybe it was the subject matter - i'm not sure. I had a bit of a hard time getting right into it. I finished the book, of course, I just didn't go away with the usual feeling that I have when I read one of her books. I'd recommend it, but only to a degree.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I found the book very dry - pages of description that could be condensed. The last chapter is the only worth reading.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to Get Into I sure didn't enjoy this like I did Room. A had a hard time connecting with the characters or the story. I found it to be ho hum...
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. After a slow start, the 'true story' was slowly revealed, leading up to an unexpected ending. The characters develop through the book, pulling you into the story. A good read.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth persevering I got bogged down in the first half and almost gave up. Thankfully I managed to stick with it because the 2nd half was a satisfying read
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantasting Ending This book starts out extremely slow. The first 200 pages are really quite boring and repetitive. The ending is well worth the read though. The last 100 pages of the book were fantastic and brought the whole novel together seamlessly. The ending was exciting and extremely satisfying and made the entire novel worth it.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this book I absolutely loved this book! unfortunately, I loved it so much I ended up reading it in less than two days. The funny thing is though, I didn't really like Room, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Wonder. Emma is a fantastic writer and I think this story line was fascinating.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different, Gets Better The More You Read I liked this book. I'm not religious at all, but I didn't find the continuous biblical narratives off-putting or anything and it actually enhanced the story, especially for the time period. The book started to pick up in the last half of it and there was some good mystery for a little while leading into the climax of the book. Overall a decent read!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different Definitely hard to get into but it is worth the struggle to the end
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get into Not at all like Room. Has some redeeming qualities but if you are looking for something like Room look elsewhere.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not an easy read ... This is a stark departure from Donoghue's acclaimed Room. History and culture combine with religious beliefs to produce a dark story, which finally and unexpectedly comes into the light. Not an easy read, but insightful on many levels.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from =) Enchanting story, not like the room but still a good read
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from tough book to read This book was very repetitive and and boring. It got somewhat interesting around 65% It was a struggle to read terrible story
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different If you are expecting a story like her previous novel "Room" then don't bother. This is a slow go at the beginning but it picks up. A storyline I've never experienced before.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from HARD TO GET INTO NOT MY FAVOURITE BOOK, WAS A BIT MORBID JUST NOT MY KIND OF READ BUT IT WAS WELL WRITTEN.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great historical fiction, loved everything about this story
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good read I enjoyed this book. It builds a tension slowly. The story of Anna quite drew me in. The ending was a bit drawn out, I thought, but the rest of the book had good pacing. All in all, an interesting, entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from i loved this i loved this book it was good
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was hooked! I bought this on the Boxing Day sale and it immediately grabbed me from the first page. The chapters are long but there is only 5 so it was an easy read. The lead character is well-written and relatable in this situation.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed it Nothing whatsoever like the brilliant room and why they are billing it as such I don't know because they are doing The Wonder a disservice. It stands alone and deserves to. Found myself wanting to learn more about 'Nightingales' and Ireland at that time and I will! Enjoyed the struggle between the ultra-religious Anna and the virtually heathen Lib (narrator). Good read and it was quick - finished in less than three days. Good for mystery buffs. Already recommended to two friends.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An unexpected ending This book is a little slow at first (and it's nothing like "Room" if that's what you're looking for), but it got very interesting as the plot started to unwind. I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just another book to read A good light read. It's a little hard to get into in the first little bit, but you feel like you have to keep reading just to know what happens. A little frustrating at points as you want to smack some sense into the supporting characters.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book ! great book, very intriguing story line
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not sure read once and cannot understand well about the book. need to read one more time.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good Not quite what I expected from it, but it was still a good read
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very interesting my brother bought me this book, and i have to say, it is very interesting
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept I thought the book was a bit slow throughout. But an interesting story and idea.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable story I enjoyed this book. It builds a tension slowly. The author does leave large hints throughout, which Lib doesn't get. She's a bit dense that way. But that leads the reader to experience some tension as the situation worsens and becomes more critical. The ending was a bit drawn out, I thought, but the rest of the book had good pacing. All in all, an interesting, entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Great story of a litttle girl and her caring nurse. It is a bit long through the middle but the ending makes up for this. I hope there is a sequel.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent read Interesting read, not what I fully expected nut still enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Not what I expected but I loved this story. Really interesting. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was a really good book. Left you wondering and invested in the plot line.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! Definitely nothing like Room, but this was a good book. I wouldn't necessarily purchase this if you enjoyed reading Room because the stories are completely different. However, Donoghue's writing is still brilliant. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I wasn't able to put it down. It is based in Dublin years ago so there are many, many religious references (just for a warning).
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really liked it I read this book because it was chosen by our book club. It was nominated because it had been on the Giller award shortlist. I have not read the Room and normally would not have bought this book although it did seem to be intriguing from revues. I think it's BRILLIANT!!!!!!!! The plot relay does not interest me as so many books and movies these days have to have some major twist or unrealistic devise to keep the reader interested to create the WOW factor. Instead Tus novel is an excellent character analysis of the LIb Wright the main character. the plot in this novel serves to enlighten the reader to the character of the protagonist and so too to our own ego and hubris. Every allusion from her reading Adam Bede to her experiences as a nurse in the Crimean War to her interactions with other people in the novel, little by little expose her personality. You can read this novel for the surface plot if you like but the underlying currents of metaphor, truth , misjudgment and self discovery make this a truly great novel. Well done Ms. Donahue!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed as a stand alone I agree, it should be viewed as a stand alone book, rather than compared to The Room. But beautifully written & I couldn't put it down. I recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from beautifully written lovely book with a lovely author
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from She's written better I was so excited to read this book so I was disappointed overall. The found the ending was rushed and I would have liked to find out a little more about what happens to the main characters in the end. Emma Donoghue has written better novels.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it some people think it might start off slow, but I liked the attention to description and detail. Lib's character is really well developed at the beginning which justifies her feelings and emotions as the story develops. I especially liked the historical aspect of Nursing and the Crimean war.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange Topic This book was well written enough but the subject matter and the characters didn't really appeal to me. The suspense kept me reading to the end, I needed to find out what happened to the main characters but ended up being anti climactic.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm so glad I read this book. I was a little hesitant to read this book because of some of the reviews but I bought it anyways and figured I'd make up my own mind. I LOVED it! it is so well written and there is lots of reference to Florence Nightingale whom I love. I like this historical backdrop and reference to old time religion. It was completely up my ally being a nurse, mother and lover of historical fiction. if you're any of the above, you'll love it too. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed The Wonder is nothing like Room, but that's OK! It's an original idea, and very well written. Emma Donoghue is a great storyteller, and this books shows her skills. Without giving anything away, I can say that as I read the book I honestly had no idea how it would end. I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction, a bit of a mystery, and witty and insightful writing!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kinda boring Oh boy... this novel takes a very long time to get into... There was a lot of hype because of the authors previous book Room; but I didn't get the satisfaction reading this novel as I did with Room.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this! I got this for Christmas and absolutely love it!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Got it for Christmas and just started to reading it. So far love it a lot.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring...hard to make it through! I am an avid reader - and there was so much hype about this book that I couldn't wait to crack it open. I found the story line really dull and repetitive and it was a bit of a chore to work through. It is hard to believe it is the same author as the Room - as that was SO exciting! I would absolutely give this one a miss.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me.. When I read the summary I was looking forward to the read and finding out about this girl who refused to eat but it started out too slow and I just couldn`t get into it.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love This book was fantastic. I will admit it is a slow start. You have to push through the monotony and the seemingly insignificant details but once it gets going, I needed to read it to the end. This book has so much heartache and sorrow but also so much kindness and bravery. I would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant brilliant author and good read
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!!! This book was fantastic. Hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring This is one of the most boring books I've ever read. This is a Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist and I figure that the people on the panel must lead a dull life to pick this book.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing! I loved every page - the characters and landscape were charming and it kept even a non-believer like myself guessing. One of my favourite books this year.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh, not my favourite really It's a good thing this story ended well because I was working myself up into quite a rage over the endless religious excuses for a dying child and the disgusting crowds standing by to watch as if it was a magnificent show. I think my blood was actually boiling anytime Lib tried to talk reason to the doctor or priest or Anna's parents and was continuously dismissed. This story may have gotten more stars if I wasn't having to look up the old-timey jargon so often to understand words, or if there was just a bit less Bible verses and hymns which got a bit overbearing. A chapter or two near the end from Anna's point of view would have also been a welcome variation.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonder I really enjoyed the book.I read it in two evenings.I only put it down when I feel asleep & it hit the floor.The subject was quite heavy but intriguing. Religious fanaticism meets familial love. I found all the characters well developed and very relatable.Can't wait to read Donoghue's other books . I already have given to a friend to read.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Slow-Burn Mystery "How could the child bear not just the hunger, but the boredom? The rest of humankind used meals to divide the day, Lib realized – as reward, as entertainment, the chiming of an inner clock." This book is fantastic! Admittedly, I went into this with fairly low expectations, but it blew those out of the water. It’s atmospheric and slow burning, mysterious and infuriating. The year is 1859, shortly after the Crimean war and Lib, an English nurse, is called to Ireland to take watch over a young girl named Anna who claims she no longer needs food to live. In a time of religious fervor, the people of the town believe that Anna is a living wonder, chosen by God. Lib is convinced that Anna is playing an elaborate prank on everyone, sneaking food on the sly, and watches her every move closely in an attempt to figure out how she’s doing it. Anna’s explanation is that for the last four months, she has lived on manna from heaven – this confounds Lib, who is determined to understand what the girl means. No one can sustain themselves for this long without some nourishment, this she knows to be true. The story unfolds slowly, leading up to startling confessions and disturbing realizations. Lib knows she must take immediate, drastic action to save Anna, who has deteriorated physically. The Wonder asks the reader to consider questions about religious conviction, loyalty, and parenthood. It will keep you flipping the pages as you race to discover the truth.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing This book is interesting in topic, though definitely slow to start. The characters annoyed me because it took them so long to do anything and act, but in reality the story takes place over a 2 week period. It definitely paints religion at that time in a bad light, but the character of Byrne shows it's not all bad (if you look past how bad the other religious characters are). Overall a good read, that keeps you intrigued and makes you read till the end, as you don't know if it will be a good or bad ending.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not room, but decent if you are expecting a page turner like "Room", this isnt close... but its ethics are good
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scratches the surfaces and leaves you wanting more I liked this book very much but it was rather like dining on a meal in which half is obscured by a napkin you are never permitted to peak under. The fasting girls phenomena is worthy of many more works of fiction. I very much enjoyed Lib, our "faithless" narrator. Her constant misreading of the Irish is cringeworthy and her disdain for Catholicism is epic. A quick read that will, despite all Lib's complaining, make you want to visit Ireland and collect holy cards. Plus, Stephen King thinks it's brilliant so who am I to argue?
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Amazing book, didn't think I'd like it but ended up loving it.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the Ending I went into this book with great expectations so I think I was bound to be a little disappointed because the bar was so high. I think the twist was a little out of nowhere and that it was not really led up to well but is probably quite a reality for the time and even today. And the religion was pretty heavy handed but the ending was beautiful and I am so grateful for it. It is what each of the characters deserved and I am so glad it went that way.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Needs work Not too big a fan of this book
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Good book, I read it quick
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Delicious! Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Great characters, could not put it down
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastically Fascinating 4.5 Unbelievably fascinating and so well written. There is much to think about here, especially if one is from a religious background. The story is dark, superstitious, mystifying and best suited to adults. Donoghue is a master of her craft, that's for sure.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad! I have loved many of Emma Donoghue's books in the past and this one was good, but definitely not my favourite (Slammerkin, Room).
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I really liked it and I finsihed it rather quickly.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! So good, please doo give it a read!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little underwhelming I had heard that this book was even better than "Room" however I strongly disagree with that comment. "Room" is by far a superior novel. While I enjoyed the story of The Wonder and was compelled enough to want to finish it, I found the writing style to be somewhat lacking as compared to Donoghue's earlier works. I also found the amount of religious text and hymns and passages to be over the top (though I realise it was part of the story. Still...it was too much for me). As is to be expected from Donoghue, there was a dark undertone to the story. The concept of the story and the fact it is based on historical happenings of a similar nature was interesting however. That said, I don't think I would recommend this one.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good historical fiction Who knew Emma Donoghue's main genre was historical fiction? Not I. This was a heart-tugging story of an English nurse hired to keep watch of a "miracle" child who can survive off nothing but air. I enjoyed the story and how it evolved, but could have done without the endless religious anecdotes.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Greay I fell in love with it at first sight, the cover is so gorgeous and the writing was very interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Pretty cover and a cool concept, I enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Beautiful cover and very intriguing writing. I really like this style of her writing and the story was very interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. It was an amazing read I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic I enjoyed this a lot and the cover was beautiful.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better with some adjustments It's a good thing this story ended well because I was working myself up into quite a rage over the endless religious excuses for a dying child and the disgusting crowds standing by to watch as if it was a magnificent show. I think my blood was actually boiling anytime Lib tried to talk reason to the doctor or priest or Anna's parents and was continuously dismissed. This story may have gotten more stars if I wasn't having to look up the old-timey jargon so often to understand words, or if there was just a bit less Bible verses and hymns which got a bit overbearing. A chapter or two near the end from Anna's point of view would have also been a welcome variation.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Story that will stick with you I bought this by accident actually but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a vivid story that made you consider family, love, religion and duty.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed This! This was a really good book, and would make and even better movie!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner Emotional and at times disturbing. Would recommend it to others!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner Loved it! I had to keep reading to find out what happened on both a personal and friendship level for Anna and her nurse. Also enjoyed the historical and Christian undertones throughout.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Lovely cover, I am very glad I got it.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I bought this book because I genuinely like Emma Donoghue as a writer and her other novels, however different, have always enthralled me. This book has an interesting premise and there were some interesting moments in the novel. It was not a bad book. I just didn't connect with it or the characters, particularly the main character. I thought the ending was implausible and poorly executed. My advice would be that if you're buying this because you liked Slammerkin and Room, don't buy it because it is nothing like the other two novels.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Read this for the beautiful cover but it ended up being pretty good.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from nothing, nothing like ROOM overall, not terrible. Kind of boring. A lot of Christian themes... small twist. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very much enjoyed I loved this book, but found it was not my favourite of Emma Donoghue's. I still like Slammerkin and Room better.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic I understand the hype around this! I really liked the plot and the cover is exceptionally pretty.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Comme ci, comme ca Who knew Emma Donoghue's main genre was historical fiction? Not I. This was a heart-tugging story of an English nurse hired to keep watch over a "miracle" child who can survive off nothing but air. I enjoyed the story and how it evolved, but could have done without the endless religious anecdotes.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was such a page turner. I stayed up all night reading this suspense filled novel
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book was lovely. If you go in thinking it will be like Room you're going to be disappointed because it is very different, but it's wonderful in its own right. Would recommend to anyone who likes historical fiction.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely read A lovely novel that explores the perils of faith, religion, and superstition on a community and their detrimental effects on a vulnerable young girl.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book very much! A quick and enjoyable read! I loved "Room" and this one does not disappoint.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Excellent novel but any comparisons between this and Room do both a disservice and why they are being done is beyond me – maybe because they both have a winsome child in them??? Set not long after the Irish Potato Famine in the late 1800’s, Lib (the narrator) is a ‘Nightingale’ – a Florence Nightingale trained nurse - who goes to take care of the young Anna, a child living on a dirt poor farm of the time in that Ultra-religious country at that time. Anna and her family claim that she has not eaten in months yet their family doctor says she is still thriving and touts it as a miracle. Lib considers herself to be scientific, full of modern methods and looks forward to catching all of them in a lie since she believes she is so much better than they are. One of the parts I found so winning was the constant struggle between the virtually heathen Lib and the pious Anna as each tries to convert the other to her way of thinking – most enjoyable from either side. The mystery at the core will keep you guessing as will William Bryant’s character; i.e., is he a good guy or not? Choose for yourself, but I read it in a weekend and have recommended it twice.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed Another intriguing mystery from Emma Donoghue with an interesting and historical look at a common occurrence, set in the chilling backdrop of 1850's Ireland.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Interesting insight into Irish history and a clever little mystery that keeps your attention throughout.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this story I had read the book "Room" by this author and enjoyed the style so much that I purchased this one right away. Great character work and paints a very vivid image in your head as the story progresses. Personally, I liked this one a bit more than room, very good little mystery throughout the book.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bizarre bit of History History never ceases to make you wonder. I haven't read The Room or any other books by this author but I found her writing style to be very good and she certainly knows her characters and makes you feel that when you read. I really enjoyed the character of Lib and all the bits of information on Florence Nightingale and nursing. As well the character of the journalist William Byrne and his part in the outcome of the story. This books topic was definitely an unknown bit of history and was troubling and compelling all at the same time. The book is a very good story.
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Psychologically compelling Psychologically compelling and filled with rich description, intriguing characters, and engrossing plot twists, "The Wonder" is thus far my favourite of Donoghue's novels. Anna's refusal to eat is tied to an extreme emphasis on self-deprivation, both as a means of satisfying God, and as a matter of pride among the Irish for enduring the recent potato famine and other hardships. Is the young girl's fast a compulsion begun as a means to relieve her overwhelming religious anxiety, or is she expressing suppressed fury at being coerced by her mother to endure hardship and scarcity without complaint? Caught in a trap she's woven with her own fears and the demands that surround her, Anna can be seen as both helpless and courageous. As the girl languishes, Lib struggles against time to invent a means by which Anna can give up her fast without suffering from inordinate religious guilt or relinquishing her stance of defiance. Is it possible to save both Anna's body and mind?
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed it. Nothing whatsoever like the brilliant room and why they are billing it as such I don't know because they are doing The Wonder a disservice. It stands alone and deserves to. Found myself wanting to learn more about 'Nightingales' and Ireland at that time and I will! Enjoyed the struggle between the ultra-religious Anna and the virtually heathen Lib (narrator). Good read and it was quick - finished in less than three days. Good for mystery buffs. Already recommended to two friends.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ummm...not at all like "Room" I could have and should have left this book at the store. The selling line for me was "If you loved Room you will love this" Ummm....no!!!! The only thing that connects the 2 is it revolves around a child. I suggest you read some reviews before you buy this one. I hear it might be or already is becoming a movie. I won't be going to that. I can't say much about this because it will give away what little keeps you reading. It was a struggle to get into and a struggle to get to the end. Better books out there to read.
Date published: 2016-10-01

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully moody with the taut pace of a thriller, The Wonder grapples with the potency of love, both human and divine.”