The Wonder

  • by Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by Kate Lock
  • 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An 11-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, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the 16th century and the 20th - 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.

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not a psychological thriller

This was marketed as a 'psychological thriller' but unfortunately it was not. I had enjoyed the author's previous book Room and was drawn in by the premise of this novel's story but while listening to it, was never excited at any point.
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- Joana

A gradual captivating story

The more you read, the less you wish to put it down. The story is written and read quite well, however there were times when I wished it was read differently. The slow calculating voice that runs throughout works wonders in many sections, but loses reality in others. But it's the story itself that gets a five our a five.

Emma Donoghue understands perfectly well about the life of Irish folk in the 19th century. Not just from way of life, but even little details like burning cans and horse and cart riding. The main character, Elizabeth Wright, who is a well-trained nurse, is also a observant and stringent woman. Her personality is captured well.

I do wish, however, that the reader was a little more stringent in her performance.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-09-2016
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.