Hey hey hey, Ishers! Ok, ok. Listen. I am a total bookworm. If you have seen me on the ol’ Facebook or IG, then you probably know this about me already.But, for some reason, I picked up 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens in the bookstore and PUT.IT.BACK no less than 18 times. No exaggeration.
In several of the groups I frequent on FB, they were all giving glowing reviews. I wanted to read it. But, the synopsis didn’t get me all fired up. Finally, my friend, Christa bought it and read it and then offered her copy up to me to read while we were camping last weekend.
I gave in. Started it immediately since I had just finished a book.
Ok, so here we go.
I give it 4 stars!
I will be honest, I am more of a fast paced psychological thriller or a sappy romance kinda gal. The in between of those genres can be hit or miss with me. I know, they aren’t even close to being the same type of read, but I am who I am *shrug*
So, I started this book with probably zero expectations of loving this book. But, I knew I would finish it and probably at least think i was ok.
Well. I was wrong.
The first 2 chapters, I still was second guessing my choice. But, after that I was ALL in. Like HOOKED.
I can’t or won’t do the whole spoiler thing, because that ish makes me crazy.
Here is what I will say: the sign of a good read for me is how involved I get with the characters. Like, am I emotionally connected to these people?
For Crawdads, that answer is a resounding YES. My heart was broken on more than one occasion and more than once, I felt pain and triumph in a way that moved me to near tears with Kya. I felt connected to this girl, her relationship and her story. I even fist pumped with the twist at the end.
If you, have picked this book up at any point and still haven’t decided to read it, I urge you to take a change, you won’t regret it
Synopsis from the cover:
For years rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But, Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Have you read this book? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Keep embracing the ish, friends!