I had no idea what Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, was about before starting it. It had been chosen as the inaugural selection for the SUNY Geneseo Alumni Book Club. I’m so glad I picked it up.
From the publisher:
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.
I really enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing. The writing was beautiful without being overbearing. It’s easy for me to see why this was the September 2018 selection for Reese’s Book Club.
The dual timelines helped build suspense. I felt angry at the injustice in the book and kept rooting hard for Kya. There are some twists along the way. A co-worker and I agreed that the ending seemed to speed up a little too fast – we both would have enjoyed spending a little more time with these characters.
If you like books with suspense and tension, but also beautifully-written settings and complex characters, I highly recommend Where the Crawdads Sing.