The Wonder

51iiwylu-alThe Wonder, by Emma Donoghue (Room), is disturbing, like Room, but entirely different. Lib, a widowed nurse, is sent to Ireland to sit and watch Anna, who hasn’t eaten in four months. She is dispatched to do the watching to determine whether Anna being alive is a miracle, or if something nefarious is going on. I struggled to get through this book. It was so very slow (probably intentionally so you felt as Lib felt sitting and watching), until about 30 pages from the end, when things fast-forwarded and went careening toward the ending. I can’t say, therefore, that I recommend this one. While I am glad I stuck with it to find out what happened, I kind of wish I hadn’t picked it up in the first place. It was especially disappointing since Room was so much better.

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