TITLE: Where the Crawdads Sing
AUTHOR: Delia Owens
PUBLICATION DATE: August 14th, 2018
GENRE: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.
But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived 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.
I picked this up after seeing it recommended on twitter and Instagram constantly. I didn’t really know what it was about, which is one of my favorite ways to dive into a book.
I think the best thing about this book is how beautifully atmospheric it is. It almost made me feel like I was living in the marsh with Kya.
Kya’s life made me sad for her, but I love how adaptable she is. She always soldiers forward, which is extremely admirable. This is wholeheartedly a story of survival. Every time something happened to Kya I expected her to break, but she never did. She’s so incredibly strong.
Tate and Kya’s relationship was everything. I loved how he never believed the things he heard about her in the town. I also loved how he took his time to teach her how to read. And how he was the reason her books got published. He supported her so much, which is beautiful. I also love how it showed that he was human and how he was scared. Especially when he went off to college. It was painful, but beautiful.
I truly loved how this story ended. It was perfect. I can’t say too much more for fear of spoiling it, but just know that I thought it was great. I absolutely adore how we are able to come to our own decision about what actually happened and then it’s revealed at the very end.
I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys atmospheric summer reads.