My Review of “Where the Crawdad Sings” by Delia Owens Penguin Group
“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is an intriguing, unique and captivating coming of age story. Delia Owens poetically and vividly describes the Marsh life and landscape in North Carolina. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Mystery, and Young Adult.
The author describes her characters as complicated and complex. Kya Clark was abandoned by her family and was known by the people in town as “The Marsh Girl”. Somehow Kya was able to bring herself up living near the marsh. Kya was so familiar with the birds, the terrain, and the sea that she was able to provide food for herself. She would trade fish for gas for her boat. Kya is not used to people, really has no friends and has a fear of going into town. The marsh and its inhabitants are Kya’s family.
Kya has very little interaction with most people, but does get her gas and exchange what she can get with one of the store owners. One young man does teach her to read. Most of the people in the town don’t realize how sensitive, observant and intelligent Kya is.
Kya comes from an abusive family, but wants to be loved. Two men do find her fascinating. One of them has fallen from a tower. Was he pushed? Was there foul play? What happened? Is there a chance that Kya will be able to live a “normal” life.?
I appreciate that the author discusses the effects of abuse on familial life. It is also interesting that the author mentions the cycle of living things and taking care of our environment. I would recommend this book for readers that enjoy a different and unusual mystery. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.