Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has been super hyped, especially all over the #bookstagram world. My sister even read it and said she couldn’t put it down. Of course, I put in my request for it from the library MONTHS ago, and finally got to read it earlier in July.
Where the Crawdads Sing takes place in the 1950s-1970s in rural North Carolina. We start with the Marsh Girl (Kya), the youngest of five children. Her mother walks out one day, leaving her abusive father. After that, the rest of her siblings leave, one by one, leaving Kya alone with her father at the age of six. She has been so sheltered that she can’t even make it through a day at school. At such a young age, she’s left to care for herself, walking to the store, cooking the meals, and finding ways to get income. Soon, her father leaves too.
We also learn of the story of a local boy’s death. There’s no evidence left behind, though that may be the marsh’s fault. Through a string of extremely loose evidence, Kya is arrested for his murder.
Where the Crawdads Sing gives you love, murder, and mystery all in one novel. It’s probably one of the most perfect summer reads.
Worth the hype.
This book was absolutely lovely. Though I had to put it down for things like work and meals, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again. It even gave me the twist I like, right on the last page. DON’T READ AHEAD.
I tend to flip to the last few pages in a book, especially when it’s a paper book. Luckily, I got this as an eBook, and wasn’t able to flip through to the end. Definitely something I wasn’t anticipating, and made me want to go back and read the parts I had skipped. I can’t share much more than that though.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It takes a lot for me to give a book 5 stars, but this was well worth it.
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