WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING - DELIA OWENS
Title: Where The Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Published: August 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction/Mystery
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.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
If I could give the ending a higher rating than the beginning, I would. But overall I thought it was only fair to give it 3 stars. It took a hot minute (200 pages) to get past the broken/improper English in the dialogue, but once the 'murder mystery' component really started to heat up, I was THERE 👏🏼 FOR 👏🏼 IT 👏🏼. I loved the diversity of relationships Owens writes of; between Kya and her parents, her siblings, her love interests, her neighbours, the town's people, but I thought the most unmistakable relationship is the one she has with herself. It was a story of isolation and childhood trauma. A battle she wouldn't surrender to, even when she was given consistent temptation. I thought the ending tied things up in a neat little bow, and if there's one way to my heart, it's transparency. I probably won't re-read it but I can appreciate the allure.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This really was a book of two halves for me. The first half, I really struggled. I found myself struggling to commit because I felt that the narrative wasn’t progressing at a quick enough pace, as well as finding difficulty in the writing style. However, as it went on, it slowly caught me, and from just after halfway, I read it in one sitting. So the second half, I really enjoyed. Basically dismissed as inferior by her community, this novel is a coming of age story of Kya aka “the marsh girl”, turned courtroom drama/murder mystery. She is intelligent, strong, and relies on nature to cure her loneliness. That’s until she catches the eye of one, and then two local boys. One of which ends up dead. I did enjoy the novel, and there is no denying that the intricacies in describing nature are beautiful (that is where the extra ⭐️ came from). However, at times I felt as though this almost put a jolt in the progression of the narrative. I wouldn’t say there was any massive flaws, but for me the only saviour was the murder mystery. Sorry guys, don’t @ me!