Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Intended Audience: Adult
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Mood: Poetic, Suspenseful, Mysterious, Romantic
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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a beautifully symbolic portrayal of the rumored “Marsh Girl” from Barkley Cove. In the quiet fishing village of the marshlands of North Carolina, Kya Clark has been abandoned by her family, the local town, her siblings, and the school system; she is left to survive in solitude.
As time passes and with age, Kya becomes drawn to two boys from town, each bringing forth her beauty differently. For the first time in Kya’s life, her feet begin to feel grounded just before her world is shaken yet again. Due to Kya’s mysterious life and the haunting stories surrounding her circumstance, in 1969, when a popular high school football player was found dead, the Marsh Girl automatically became the prime suspect.
Though the townspeople and authorities sent her to trial, Kya was not who they believed her to be. For most of her life, surviving in seclusion led her to take life-long lessons from the land. From tracking the ebbs and flows of the tides to teaching herself the natural predatory instincts of the fireflies, Kya had a genuine love for the marsh. It was this love that she leaned on to change her life forever.
Not only does Where the Crawdads Sing hit you right in the heart with its gut-wrenching storyline, but Delia Owens does so in the most beautiful, thought-provoking, and mysterious way. This book brought forth my sense of wonder through a young woman who learned to listen to the lush habitat and its wild creatures surrounding her.
Poetically written and marvelously mysterious, Kya in Where the Crawdads Sing will keep you hooked on her life from the beginning. Owens does a great job at developing her characters, and while reading, I could just picture myself with Kya at the shack.
While I did think the first half of the book was hard to read due to the context, the second half of the book got me hooked. As I read the last chapter, I was sobbing.
You’ll feel like you want to put it down, and then you’ll be so thankful you didn’t. You’ll laugh and cry, and in the end, you will forever remember Kya Clark.
Where the Crawdads Sing is easily one of the best books I’ve read in the past few years. It takes A LOT for me to rate a book five stars, and this one earns every bit of each star! If you’re looking for a book that sticks with you, tugs your heartstrings, and aids you in finding beauty in all circumstances; this book is for you!