Where the Crawdads Sing – Published 2018
“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 Karen Russell, 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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
This book had apparently received all of the hype, but I live under a rock of maternity leave, hating the news, and only following fashion influencers on Insta, so I had no idea until my grandma told me. She told me everyone in her book club (or bridge club, or some sort of club that starts with a B) was loving it and that she went to the library and there were hundreds of people ahead of her. I figured there was no way that could be real, so I tried to check out the e-copy, but it was going to be a THIRTY-FIVE WEEK WAIT. Thus, I downloaded the ebook on my Kindle and cruised through it in two nights. Because, yeah, it lives up to the hype.
Kya’s story is so, so sad and fascinating. It’s set in the 60s in the south, which adds an interesting element to her isolation. I actually wasn’t sure what the difference between a swamp and a marsh was, so I had to look it up in addition to some wildlife and other vocabulary along the way. Apparently this is the author’s first book and she wrote it in her 70s, which makes it even crazier that this book is getting so much love.
This book has murder, love, coming of age, heartbreak, racism, classism, mental health, and family themes within it.
The murder mystery element was awesome. The story is told in two different time periods: 1969 murder mystery and the years that live up to it. Many times throughout the book I thought I had the murderer pegged, but I was wrong.
My grandma said her best friend hated the ending, but I actually really, really liked it. I won’t spoil anything, but I thought it was very satisfying how everything played out.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Ya’ll know I don’t love third person point of view. It was a little harder to get into in the very beginning because I much prefer first person.