Review: Where The Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)
“She could read anything now, he said, and once you can read anything you can learn anything.”
– Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)
Where The Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Genre: Coming of age / Mystery
Page Count: 384
Published: 14 August 2018
Plot: (9.0 / 10) Characters: (8.0 / 10) Ending: (9.0 / 10)
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.
“”Autumn leaves don’t fall: they fly. They take their time and wander on this, their only chance to soar.”
What a book. Incredibly written, stunningly descriptive – no matter where I was reading it, I was instantly transported to the marshes of North Carolina. It starts off quite slow, and it took me a while to get used to the language but that only added to the reading experience. I loved how nature was so beautifully woven in with the story, I didn’t want it to end. I loved the ending, I thought it was really unique. There was one part I was slightly frustrated at as I’m not convinced it really fitted with the character, but it still worked.
“Kya remembered Ma always encouraging her to explore the marsh: ‘Go as far as you can – way out yonder where the crawdads sing.”
The characters in the story were so vivid, particularly the supporting characters, like Jumpin’, Mabel and Tom Milton. Her Dad felt like a bit of a cliché – not in a bad way but his character was exactly how I would have expected him to be.
The thing that makes this book stand out for me, as I’ve mentioned, was the writing. The prose is absolutely beautiful, even the most mundane objects were brought to life, and the whole story felt poetic, an almost melodic feel to the writing.
It’s so different from anything I’ve ever read before, and I would highly recommend it.