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.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This one was a story of resiliency and adaptability which I quite enjoyed. There was a certain depth of longing and belonging that was portrayed well in the writing and within the character development itself. Parts of it were so heartbreaking and there was a sense of major victory in certain aspects of how coping was achieved. I liked the growth of the main character and the voice that she took on.
I’m not sure how to describe this, but I did feel at times there was a dumping of information before asking the question to make up for the parts of the stories that needed to be explained. In addition there was also this sort of passing instead of lingering over the moments where the main character did not seem to encounter any internal conflict where I thought there may be. For me it needed more closure from that perspective, especially toward the end.
But it wasn’t my story to write and I enjoyed it for the most part anyway.