Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars

Barkley Cove, a sleepy fishing village, is shaken by the mysterious death of Chase Andrews, a local golden boy. The suspicion is turned in the direction of the ‘Marsh Girl’, an outsider living alone in the wild. But Kya is not what they believe her to be. Abandoned by her family, neglected and ridiculed by her community, she learned to survive in the marshes and avoid contact with people. Apart from the two young men from the village, who disturb her solitude and rouse a need for company in her…

I wanted to love this book so much. And I did. On some level. I loved the descriptions and the atmosphere of the novel. I loved how the author writes about the marshes, plants and animals and Kya’s love for her surroundings. The location descriptions were so vivid that it seemed like it became one of the characters. Actually, it might be the best-developed character in the novel.

I think the idea of a girl who grows up alone in the wild, surrounded by nature and isolated from prejudiced people, was brilliant. It gives the author a chance to create a unique coming-of-age story. Delia Owens only partially used this opportunity. Kya’s life as a child and teenager was fascinating, but the plot became more schematic and predictable when Chase Andrews entered the stage. The whole crime/murder theme turned out to be a disappointment for me. Instead of a brilliant courtroom scene, I received a bunch of awkwardly written chapters that included a judge and some witness interrogation. 

While the fact that Delia Owens is an awarded nature writer reflects on Where the Crawdads Sing, the fact that this is her first novel is pretty obvious. The nature descriptions are breath-taking, but the plot and dialogue could be better. It was difficult for me to form an opinion about this book. While its faults irritated me, I adored Kya and the love for nature that emanated from every page.

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