I am thoroughly enjoying working through a stack of books from authors that are new to me.
One book I recently finished was Where The Crawdads Sing. I loved this book! I could have easily read it from cover to cover without putting it down. But, you know, life gets in the way sometimes. Lol
Where The Crawdads Sing is the story of Kya Clark, called the Marsh Girl by locals. The setting is Barkley Cove on the North Carolina coast. The coastal marshes are where Kya lives.
Delia Owens does such an amazing job of writing about the marshes, and the wildlife that live there, especially the gulls that become friends to Kya. It was easy to paint a picture in my head of the marshes and the surrounding areas where the story takes place. I felt like I was there, in the marsh, each time I picked up this book to read more.
Kya is basically abandoned by her family. Everyone she loves has gone, leaving her to fend for herself in the marsh, always hoping that someone would come back. I quickly learned that Kya is a strong young girl and that she is very resourceful and intelligent.
As she gets older, she finds it hard to learn to trust human connections. I can easily sense that, after being on her own for so long, after everyone she loved has left her, it would make her weary of human relationships. And fearful that she won’t be abandoned again.
Kya becomes a suspect when a town favorite is found dead. She had been treated poorly by most of the people in town for her whole life, and the locals had no problem assuming that she was responsible for the death of one of the favorites of Barkley Cove.
Seeing how all of this played out was my favorite part of this book! I found myself feeling all the emotions that Kya was feeling. I’m sure you will too!
This is Delia Owens first novel. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, I’m sure that’s why I love reading so much. To write something as magnificent as this for a first novel would be amazing!
Check this one out, you won’t be disappointed