Marsh Girl

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is a fictional story about a girl named Kya who lives in North Carolina.

I choose to classify this novel as a mystery because, the story unfolds after a man named Chase is found lying dead in the swamp. The author skillfully leads us back and forth in time. The reveal doesn’t come until the very end. I was led on an emotional path of wonder as the omniscient narrator recounts the story of Kya and her dysfunctional family.

Left to her own devices, Kya learns to survive without the benefit of love, education or family in a ramshackle house surrounded by wetlands. Vivid depictions of the marsh and its inhabitants make this a stimulating visual story.

Yes, a crime has been committed, but the question here is, who was the real victim? I think this is an amazing novel of survival and the human psyche not to be missed. Excellent and highly recommended!

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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