Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 384
Publication Date: 2018
Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Coming of Age
GoodReads Rating ★★★★☆(4.47)
My Rating: ★★★★☆(4)
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of resiliency, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. It is a coming of age book full of drama, atmosphere and murder mystery.
The story is told in a non-linear format that pieces together the puzzle of a recent murder in a small and sleepy town and intertwines with the Kya “Marsh Girl”‘s life in the swamp.
The observations and comparisons of humans to nature are poignant. Beautifully written like poetry, this book was everything I was hoping for in a weekend ‘staycation’ and end of summer read.