Synopsis: 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 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.
Review: From the title of the post, you can probably deduce how much I loved Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. It was #1 on New York Times Bestseller list and A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick. However,I did not pick it up because of either of those reasons. I picked it up, and am I glad I did because the blurb intrigued me and I was offered an ARC.
This is Kya’s story, who is also known as “The Marsh Girl”. The story starts with young Kya watching her mother leave and never look back. Soon, one by one, all her siblings leave Kya alone with her drunk and abusive father. At this tender age, she is forced to look after herself and her father while dealing with loneliness, and abandonment among other things.
Kya, however, will not be defeated by the circumstances in her life. Kya perseveres in the isolated marshland by finding ways to make money and provide for herself and her father. This is how she meets a man called Jumpin’ and soon he and his wife shower her with kindness, generosity, and love.
In spite of being without her mother and siblings, Kya want content because she had some good moments with her father but one day, he also abandoned her. Kya is well and truly alone now. After a few years, she meets a boy-now a teenager-named Tate again. Soon Tate and Kya become close as he teaches her how to read and they come closer yet to finally falling in love. A few years later, Kya meets another young man who brings hope but not the promise of a future. What will happen next? Is Kya forever destined to be alone? Will she ever find happiness? or, love?
Now, I said before that this is Kya’s story but it also includes a story of a murder. Confused? I’m going to explain …
Where the Crawdads sing is told in two different timelines – the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1950s, we see Kya’s story as she develops from a young girl to a woman. While in the 1960s, we see the dead body of a local young man being discovered by two boys and the man is Chase Andrews. There are rumors circulating that makes Kya a possible suspect in the crime. Did she really kill Chase? If yes, what motive did she have?
Let’s talk about the things I loved and didn’t :
- The only thing I didn’t love was my inability at understanding this: WHY ON EARTH DID EVERYONE LEAVE KYA ?!!! I mean, come on! Her siblings..all of them practically abandoned her at the hands of her abusive father and alone!
- I loved the setting. The marsh is described so beautifully, vividly that you can feel yourself present alongside Kya.
- I loved the relationships: between the marsh and Kya, Kya and Tate, Jumpin’ and Kya, Jumpin’ and his wife. My favorite was the relationship between the marsh and Kya. The following quote is the realization Kya had because the marsh becomes a part of her life, her livelihood. With the help of the marsh, she taught herself about its wildlife and that later became the inspiration for her art.
“And the marsh became her mother.”
Overall, I highly^(infinity) recommend this book! Pick it up now ..well, it’s not that urgent, but do not miss out on reading this book.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an eARC!
Verdict: 5 stars out of 5
Author: Connect with Author Delia Owens on Goodreads.
- Publisher: Little Brown Book Group UK(Imprint: Corsair)
- Publication Date: November 2018
- Paperback: 379 Pages
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