Book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Kara Vallari Book Review:
I really enjoyed reading about Kya’s journey from orphan child to accomplished woman in Where the Crawdads Sing. The beginning of the book brought out all my protective mama instincts and actually had me quite angry but I was proud to watch the protagonist overcome her challenges and learn how to fend for herself.
I also really enjoyed the rich detail with which Owens writes. It truly makes you feel like you’re in North Carolina in the 1960’s witnessing this all firsthand. And the plot is both an innocent love story and a subtle mystery but reads so beautifully that it doesn’t feel like either. I was definitely cheering for Kya and loved how the ending really tied the entire story together.
Book Synopsis (from Amazon):
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.
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.