Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

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Book: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Genres: Mystery, Romance
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 14th August 2018

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 1st June 2022


For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.


This isn't my usual read at all but I picked it up from my favourite store - The Works.

This one starts with six year old Kya watching her mum leave their little shack and waiting for her to come back - only she never does - leaving her with her older siblings and drunk/abusive dad. With no real parental figure Kya begins to learn things from her surroundings - the swampy marsh she lives in - and with the help of an older local boy - Tate. Fast forward many years and the body of a local man is found in the swamp. He wasn't the most likeable guy but well-known and his death shocks the small town and within hours fingers start pointing at the Marsh Girl - Kya - as his killer.

I got pulled into this pretty quickly. As mentioned above, it is not my usual read at all but Kya's struggles to survive in a 50's North Carolina town as the youngest child of a family living in the marshes was kinda hard to put down. I was drawn into her struggles to survive when her family fractured and the horrible-ness of the townspeople for her being different. For daring to live in the wilderness. I truly felt for her and even shed a few tears in that last chapter. The last chapter also gave us a surprise that I wasn't expecting but I did do a little fist-pump upon reading it.

I'm not going to spoil it by going into too much detail but I definitely think you should give this a try. It has a little romance, a little mystery.

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