The Wonder by Emma Donoghue *Spoiler Free* Review

The Wonder


Historical Fiction and Mystery


An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder—inspired by numerous European and North American cases of “fasting girls” between the sixteenth century and the twentieth—is a psychological thriller about a child’s murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.”


Our main character in this novel is Lib. She is a nurse training by Florence Nightingale and she has been asking to observe a child to see if she really survives without food. She goes into the case very skeptical and wanting to expose the girl. While the novel keeps progress Lib starts to care for the girl and she goes through some character development.


I really enjoyed the writing of this novel. I loved that the main character was a nurse, which gives me something to relate to and it also shows the importance of being a nurse. I loved the way the mystery was built in the story and the way it slowly started to become clear what was going on.


The ending had me on the edge of my seat. I was really excited and scared to see how it would end. The mystery was also a mystery for me, I didn’t know what was going on and what motivated the girl to not eat, and the reason flabbergasted me.


I really enjoyed reading this. As a nurse, I loved the fact that the main character is a nurse, who is trained by Florence Nightingale. The mystery in the novel was a really mystery to me. And throughout the novel I got to care for Lib and the girl.

I would really recommend reading this novel and I will definitely pick up more of Emma Donoghue books.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars

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