Review by Paige
July 9, 2020
“Where the Crawdads Sing,” written by Delia Owens is a multi-award winning novel and New York Times Bestseller. The coming-of-age story follows Kya or the “Marsh Girl,” an intelligent and self-sufficient protagonist who is forced to survive almost entirely by herself in the marshlands of North Carolina. Abandoned by her mother, her siblings, and later her father, Kya takes interest in nature and learns to love and appreciate her surroundings. The novel takes a turn after the death of the widely beloved, Chase Andrews, resulting in growing suspicions in the fictional town of Barkley Cove. Following a dual narrative, the reader is taken on a journey through Kya’s character growth as a young girl, along with the effects of Chase Andrews’ death several years later. Overall, this coming-of-age novel entwined with a murder mystery tells a compelling story of resilience, survival, and hope.
Delia Owens writes beautifully with expressive diction and vivid imagery. She paints a clear picture of the southern marshlands and natural beauty of Kya’s surroundings, transporting the reader back to 1969 coastal North Carolina. Owens also maintains a unique voice throughout by highlighting a nature-based atmosphere and incorporating poetic narration.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys stories of perseverance, strength, and relatability. Although the novel includes descriptive prose that may seem too heavy-handed for some, Owens is able to craft a well written and engaging storyline that draws the reader in. Readers who enjoy twists and turns will also appreciate this storyline that is infused with mystery and a shocking ending. This book is truly moving and had me hooked from the beginning.