by Emma Donoghue
I definitely was expecting a slightly different book after hearing about it from many students who were enthralled by the book, describing it as a “psychological thriller” and very creepy. It turned out to be more about the process of socialization of a semi-feral child and the power of persisting maternal and familial love. The strength lies in the author’s deft encapsulation of the inner and exterior voices of a five-year-old (super intelligent) child. I do question the utter success of the escape and the short time it takes for both the boy and the mother to adjust / readjust to the Outside — with the understanding that this is not a psychology textbook but an author’s imagined world. I listened to the audio book version and the voice actors are simply superb!