February 07

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

This one is another winner from Emma Donoghue – author of The Room and Frog Music – the latter I reviewed here previously, heaping upon it lots of praise.  I love Emma’s work – great ideas, perfectly executed, gritty page turners and always, always intrigue.

The Wonder, set in the mid 1800s, is the story of a nurse Lib (trained by Florence Nightingale)  who is sent to a small village in Ireland to assess a Living Wonder – an eleven year old girl Anna who is said to have eaten nothing for months.

Lib arrives to a throng of tourists, miracle seekers and the press all jostling to get close to Anna.  This circus is closely overseen and helped by Anna’s parents, her Dr and local Priest – all of whom Lib, an educated sceptic, views as fools hellbent is exploiting a child.  She believes she will uncover the truth of what is sure to be deception by the family and Anna herself and sets herself methodically to the task of catching her, and them, out.

What she doesn’t count on is over the weeks spent watching Anna closely that she will grow to doubt herself and her own beliefs far more than those of her young subject.

And when the truth comes out and all hell breaks loose, Lib takes extreme action which changes the course of everyone’s lives forever.

This psychological thriller is a goodie so do pop it on your To-Read list.  And given I think I (like Ms A) am pretty good at picking books which are set to be made into movies, I think this one is a sure thing.

So speaking of that Ms A, don’t you think it’s time we actually got ahead of the game and got the rights to some of these winners ourselves?  The Weinsteins can give us their money for a change…..

But that is just my 2 cents worth.