Book Review: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 370 pages
Publisher: J.P. Putnam & Sons
Release Date: August 14, 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.

My Thoughts:
I received ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ through my local library, as their March book club selection. Sadly, the book club meeting is postponed, due to the library closing up (resulting from everyone social distancing/self-isolating). I can’t wait to discuss this story with the group though, since I greatly appreciated it!

Although I wasn’t completely blown away by ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, I loved the setting of the North Carolina marshlands. I deeply appreciated the beauty of the natural environment that Kya was raised in. She learned to appreciate the stillness of nature, away from humanity’s distractions.

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ was set in two timelines. The first timeline takes us through solving the murder mystery of Chase Andrews in 1969, while the second guides us through the life of Kya Clark, otherwise known as the ‘Marsh Girl’. Owens paints a picture of Kya as one yearning to discover her purpose in life. She’s a resilient human being, surviving by her wits and the compassion of kindred spirits. Kya experiences heartbreaking treatment from her community when she tries to venture out of her marshland home, so she retreats to the comfort of the wild: vast and serene, no judgements.

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ was a lovely story about a girl coming of age within complicated circumstances. It’s a tale about discovering one’s true desires in the midst of complications. I very much appreciated this book!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Reading Blog: Crawdads and Admiring Nature

Today I made good headway in reading ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’. I was supposed to read this for my book club meeting this week, but a notice came out today that due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Hunterdon County libraries will be closed until the end of the month. I’ll definitely have time to finish the story between now and the next meeting! So far, I love how the story alternates between a murder mystery and describing the life of a young girl living in the marshlands of North Carolina.

Aside from reading, I made myself busy around the house (the usual cleaning and laundry, tending my plants). I also went outside briefly to appreciate nature. While I was outside, I admired viewing the daffodils and the budding trees in the front yard. I love being surrounded by the signs of Spring!

In this period of uncertainty and social distancing, it’s important for us to stay connected with one another. Wishing a smooth, minimally-stressful time for everyone!