Genre: Fiction / Mystery
Recommended By: Reese’s Book Club, Hello Sunshine
“Sunsets are in disguise, covering truths, covering lies”
Review: Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautifully written narrative that doubles as a murder mystery and a coming of age novel.
Kya, the main character, is a sensitive and intelligent young child who endures years alone in the marsh. The people who were suppose to love her left, forcing Kya to grow up in solitude in a marsh where she learns and documents its way of life. The town folk think she is just as wild as the creatures and birds of the marsh and deem her the nickname, “The Marsh Girl”. However, Kya is a warrior, a survivor who is so lonely it is simply tragic. She protects the marsh and the marsh protects her. As Kya comes of age, she attracts two young men from town with her natural, alluring beauty.
The first male, Tate, will capture your heart from the start. He loves the marsh just as much as Kya does. He does not judge her. He teaches her to read and write. He gives her the attention she so desperately needs. I loved watching them fall in love slowly. There is just something about a first love that gets me every time. First loves imprint on your heart or so I’ve always believed. It was a special kind of love and my romantic heart ate it up.
The second male, Chase, is a different story. He is the stereotypical popular, privileged boy. He is a big fish in a little pond. He is deceptively charismatic. The entire town loves him yet I doubt the readers do. Despite all of it, I can’t help but point out that Delia’s character is so brilliant in the aspect that I suspect deep down we all know or knew a Chase (and a Tate for that matter) which makes the story pull at your heartstrings.
Recommendation: A must read! I cannot stress this enough. The story has it all: heart break, hope, survival, mystery, murder, first loves, a trial, beautiful scenery, the bigotry of a small southern town, and a biology lesson along the way. Delia Owens’s story is tragic, haunting and beautifully written. It is the type of novel type that will stick with you / keep you thinking for days.