REVIEW: Where The Crawdads Sing

‘Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.’

Why Did I Read This Book?

I cannot tell you how many people have recommended this book to me. To complement the beautiful book cover, the list of awards and nominations are as long as my arm. So when I found a copy in my local supermarket, I just had to bring it home with me.

What Did I Think?

This is a story that follows a ‘Marsh Girl’ who has been outcast by society and deserted by her family. We follow her journey from childhood to maturity, experiencing with her the implications of growing up in the middle of a swamp. Her behaviour is considered ‘strange’ by those living in the local town, which puts her at the top of the suspects list when a ‘well-loved’ citizen is found dead at the edges of the marsh. 

Delia Owens is an American wildlife scientist turned author which is why the description of the marsh is so descriptive and accurate. Her depiction of the habitat is so magical, and its role of protecting our protagonist, Kya is profoundly heartwarming.  Kya learns so much from the wildlife in the marsh, watching and taking notes on camouflage, survival and relationships to help her understand events in her life. 

I fell in love with Kya. She is so resourceful and resilient, my heart aches for her when things don’t go according to plan. I love how she always makes the best of a bad situation, finding both education and solace in nature. Her love of poetry is also admiring, with Delia Owens showing her array of talents by incorporating beautiful poetry into the text to help us see how Kya processes events and feelings. 

Where The Crawdads Sing is set during the 1950s and ’60s so it is important that themes of racial and social division are addressed. These themes will undoubtedly reach a wide audience and are still very relevant in today’s society. That is why this book is so unique in its portrayal of love, crime, racism and social division, as it combines and connects all these themes into one beautiful debut novel. With the story apparently being developed into a film starring Reese Witherspoon, now is a better time than ever to get your hands on a copy of this bestseller!

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