Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Title: Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

The Blurb

For years, rumours 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 Celeste Ng, 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.

The Review

Where the Crawdads Sing is going to be one of my top ten books of the year. I can say that with absolute confidence.

It is the gorgeous story of Kya Clark who has been utterly let down by life. Everyone has abandoned her and she has been shunned by the local townsfolk. However, she raises herself on the land. It is only when one true friendship comes along that she really begins to change her opinion of and her belief in herself.

However, old judgements are always going to plague this town and when a local man – celebrated in his teens for being a sports star and the fact that he has come from a well to do family – is found dead the finger of blame is firmly pointed at Kya. 

Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautiful story the looks a small town mentality and how prejudices are formed and sustained. The beautiful lyrical style of Delia Owens’ writing manages to immerse you in the story immediately. I began to read the book more quickly because I needed to know what happened yet I cursed myself for reading it too quickly because I didn’t want it to end. Where the Crawdads Sing is one of those magical books that makes you feel so much.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is available now.

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