I’m sure you’re all aware of how often I put off reading hyped or recommended books and end up really loving them. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens fairly often. And it happened again with Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing. I was admittedly on the fence about this one. But I couldn’t stop seeing it everywhere, and after a few people whose taste in books is very similar to mine recommended it, I decided to read it. And I have no regrets (except maybe not listening to them sooner.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) 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.
When I first started Where the Crawdads Sing, I wasn’t totally sold. It took me a while to get invested in the story, but when I did, it was worth it. This is the kind of story that creeps up on you and makes you fall in love without even realizing it. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in – honestly, I hadn’t even read the synopsis – but this wasn’t what I was expecting it to be at all. There are so many layers to this story and I honestly don’t think the synopsis really does it justice.
Delia Owens does a brilliant job of writing characters that are difficult not to empathize with. Kya in particular is such a fantastic character. She’s smart and resourceful and strong. We get to know her from a very young age, which I think plays a huge part in how we view the events of her adult life. She’s been through so much, and learned so much, it’s impossible not to root for her. This book may have started off slowly, but by the end, I couldn’t put it down. I just had to find out what happened.
Where the Crawdads Sing is extremely well-written. Not only are the characters and the story compelling, the atmosphere of this book is amazing. You feel like you’re in the marsh. I loved it. I don’t want to give too much away, but I think this is worth reading for the setting alone. It’s just a huge bonus that the story and characters are equally great.
★★★★★ – I loved Where the Crawdads Sing. It’s a little early, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being one of my favorite books of the year. I highly recommend it, and I am really looking forward to reading more from Delia Owens.
Where the Crawdads Sing is available to buy wherever books are sold (I’ve even seen it at Target). You can pick up a copy on Amazon.
To get the audiobook for free, use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible and choose Where the Crawdads Sing as one of your two free books. I personally enjoyed the audiobook quite a bit – the southern accents definitely added to the story.
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