Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
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.
About: Where the Crawdads Sing is a mystery written by Delia Owens. It was published on 10/22/2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 384 deluxe edition pages. The genres are mystery and historical fiction. This book is the author’s debut. According to the publisher’s website, “For more than two decades, G.P. Putnam’s Sons has led the publishing industry with more hardcover New York Times bestsellers than any other imprint. With its rich history of publishing established franchises and new talent, as well as award winners, with an unrivaled bestselling track record, Putnam continues to be one of the most respected and prestigious imprints in the industry.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Where the Crawdads Sing on 11/12/2019 and finished it on 11/18/2019 at 2am. This book is a fantastic read! I love following both Kya and the investigation. Kya’s life is heartbreaking, especially at her young age before puberty, but I’m glad she’s smart to survive the hard life. I like how she turned to nature to take care of her, but I’m surprised that she didn’t turned to eating the meat of the animals around but choose to eat veggies and seafood. I like that the author explain the meaning of the title in the story because I didn’t understand the true meaning. It’s good that readers get to know the people Kya encounter with thinks of her like Tate, Jumpin’, etc. I like Tate and he’s definitely cute when he informs a girl that she’s becoming a woman. I cried as well as laughed reading this book.
This book started out with a prologue differentiate between a marsh and a swamp. Then the author informed that two boys riding their bike spotted a jacket of a dead man left in the swamp that otherwise could have been undiscovered for its secluded location. Then the story begins, told in the third person point of view following Kya, 6, youngest of 5, living in a shack by the swamp/marsh. One day her mom left home and then one by one her older brothers and sisters because their dad is a brutal mean person to live with. She’s forced to take care of herself since 6. The alternating view is the investigation. There is a timeline with Kya from the past and the investigation from the future. The mystery is a popular guy found dead in the swamp with no fingerprints and footprints. A girl rejected by everyone is accused because she’s different.
Where the Crawdads Sing is very well written and unputdownable. Everyone has been raving about this book and I finally put my other reads on hold to devour this story. I must say, the rave is real and this story is fantastic! It’s my favorite for the year. As heartbreaking as I felt for Kya, she’s definitely a role model for the curious minds. After reading this book, I will be binging on videos of the marsh and swamp on YouTube! I absolutely loved the lessons on love and men using animals as a guide! That courtroom trial was spectacular.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, survival, mystery, suspense, nature, humor, first love, abandon
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Delia Owens is the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. She holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).