Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Book Review | Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age novel by Delia Owens.

A novel about a young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open.

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 am struggling with writing this review! Five star reads are either super easy to write or really hard. This one is really hard for me to capture and do it justice.

Where the Crawdads Sing caught my eye early in its publication, but I have a hard time fitting regular fiction into my genre lineup. Over the last year, I've seen more and more of my friends falling in love with this book. Thankfully my book club chose Where the Crawdads Sing as one of our monthly reads, and I finally fit it into the mix.

I see why so many people love this book. I'll be honest... the first half of this book I didn't see it. I was enjoying it, yes, but I really feared I was going to be the outlier who just didn't love it. At the halfway mark everything changed for me, and I could see it all by the end. I just needed to give it the room to grow.

Aside from loving the characters and the mystery, there was also science and poetry woven throughout Where the Crawdads Sing. I just loved this beautiful book, and I highly recommend it.



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  1. I really don't recall seeing a bad review for this one. I don't know that I'll ever pick it up but I'm so glad you enjoyed it. And I agree, sometimes it's easier to write a review for a book that doesn't work for us than it is one we loved!

  2. I had no idea that there was a science aspect to this story. That makes me want to read it even more😁 Lovely review!

  3. Lol I feel you on those book reviews of books you love! I struggled with this book review too, and actually just gave up and told everyone simply that I loved it.

    That said, I like your review of it!

  4. I am so glad you loved this one! I adored it but my book group were "meh". *cries*

  5. Wonderful review!! I need to get to this one soon!

  6. This is a great review, I've not heard of this before but I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist now.
    Lynn :D


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