Where the Crawdads Sing #Book #Review
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.
Poor little Kya Clarke had everyone in her life walk out on her. At the age of 4, she was left to fend for herself. She quickly learned to be resourceful to earn money to pay for supplies. The citizens of Barkley Cove call her "Marsh Girl", as if she's some wild untamed animal. Truth be told she's extremely intelligent and kind hearted. Then in 1969, Chase Andrews, a young man she was seeing has been found dead. The only person accused is Kya, because they know nothing about her.
This was one of the most intriguing novels I've read in a very long time. At the end I spent time looking up details to see if this was nonfiction, and you could imagine my astonishment to find out that it wasn't! Delia Owens is one of the most creative and innovative writers I've come across, Now I see why book clubs loved it. I can't wait to read more from her.