Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Read dates: 6th Feb – 13th Feb 2021
I know, I know… another book review for CRAWDADS. I have seen plenty out there & until I read this book I was of the opinion that this book was likely to be overhyped as the whole world & its wife wanted to recommend this book to me.
So, in true Kim fashion I dug my heels in. After reading the back cover I KNEW this book wasn’t for me. I don’t say it often… but I was wrong!
Today I finished this book after picking it up for a second time. I can’t stop thinking about it. It deserves the 4.47 Goodreads rating it has 100%. It’s also worth adding that I’m pleasantly surprised this was Owens debut novel. She’s definitely set the bar high for future books.
If you aren’t familiar with the background of this book, the full blurb for the book can be found on goodreads here
The book tells you a story about a young girl called Kya who is abandoned by everyone she loves & as a result grows up isolated & alone in the marshes outside a small town in North Carolina. I live in the UK & we don’t really have marshes or swamps here. Well, if we do I haven’t been near them so it’s a tough scene to picture. Kya is given the title of ‘Marsh Girl’ and often described as ‘swamp trash’.
The main character is so young & naive but incredibly brave throughout the book. I found it hard not to fall in love with this little girl & found myself rooting for her lonely survival.
The story is mostly told from Kya’s point of view with the odd snippets from other characters. The timeline also jobs a little bit it’s clearly signposted & easy to follow. You can feel the Kya grow & develop throughout the book. I guess I would describe it as a ‘coming of age’ book with a dash of romance, hope & a side of murder mystery.
There was just something so sweet about this story that kept me going through the book & eager to find out how it would end. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.
It has to be said that reading this book didn’t come easy to begin with. Not only had I gone in with preconceptions that I wouldn’t like the book but I struggled with the style of writing which at times frustrated me. But like most books the further you get into it the more you find your feet & the writing becomes more familiar.
I know several people that have told me they have put the book down part way through or have avoided it all together but honestly, from one hater to another… please give this book a chance!
It goes without saying that I gave this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️… and I’ve officially joined the CRAWDADS fan club 😂
Have you read this book? Let me know what you think! If you haven’t, let me know what’s stopping you!