Rating: 4/5 Stars
“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is a novel set in the 1960s on the coast of North Carolina. The story follows the main character Kya Clark and details her upbringing in the wild marshlands of the coast. With a troubled family past, Kya learns how to survive on her own and experiences new friendships and love. However, in 1969 a popular man in town is murdered and Kya is a suspect. Did she murder Chase Andrews? Is she a cold blooded killer? Author Delia Owens will have you turning pages furiously to figure it all out.
Within five pages of starting the book, I knew that the writing in this novel was fabulous. The descriptive language that Owens uses transports the reader into the world of the marsh. The reader can almost smell the water and hear the North Carolina wind. This atmosphere building helps to connect the reader to the story and ultimately to Kya Clark.
Kya becomes a strong character that overcomes so many obstacles with grit and tenacity. She is determined to take care of herself and stay where she feels at home. This type of attitude called to my inner feminist and had me cheering for Kya.
The first half of the story is a coming of age tale that follows young Kya into her teenage years. Throughout the story, she meets and interacts with two different young men. Delia Owens does a magnificent job of illustrating the stark differences between the two relationships. The personalities of all the characters really shines through their interactions and created strong preferences within me as a reader.
Overall this was a great book. It was full of intricate details and is an example of wonderful story telling!
Recommendations: Yes, I would recommend this book. It is an easy summer read but not light by any means! This book has situations involving abuse and other potential triggers so any reader should be prepared for an emotional roller coaster.