Book Review: The Wonder by Emily Donoghue


Genre: Fiction

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I want to start out by saying this book is totally different from most I normally read – and I loved it!  My typical picks tend to lean towards thrillers or mysteries and this one is historical fiction.

The story takes place in the 1800’s and follows a nurse’s quest to discover the truth.  The nurse, Lib, travels from England to Ireland for a two week job overseeing an eleven year old girl, Anna.  Anna claims to have not eaten in four months and her family backs up these claims.  Lib is sure the girl and/or her family is lying and is determined to catch Anna sneaking food.  As she begins to spend more time with Anna, she becomes increasingly worried about her health.  Her hands and feet are swollen, her skin scaly and her temperature increasingly low.  As her health continues to decline, Lib becomes more desperate than ever to get to the bottom of whether the girl is truly eating or not.

The author’s writing style was smooth and kept me interested from beginning to end.  The vivid descriptions sucked me into the story and made me feel like I was right in the middle or Ireland.  I really liked Lib and Anna’s characters and the relationship they formed.  Although Lib was hesitant to grow attached to Anna, she couldn’t help but connect with her as they spent more time together.  As the story progressed, I had no idea whether Lib would discover that Anna had been eating all along or if she truly was the “wonder” her family claimed her to be.

This was a great read and I will be sure to keep an eye out for future books from this author.  On another note, I’m starting I See You by Clare Mackintosh today and I’m excited to see if it meets up to all the hype!

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