Where the Crawdads Sing is one of the most interesting and unique coming of age stories I’ve ever read. Delia Owens paints a fascinating picture of the main character, Kya, as intricately and beautifully as she does the swamp lands that she lives in.
Kya has been dealt a bad hand, growing up in poverty in the North Carolina marshes with an abusive father. Eventually abandoned by all the humans in her life, family and townspeople alike, Kya finds her place among the animals in the ecosystem of the marsh. The birds, water, and vegetation shape and grow her up before the reader’s eyes, making the reader fall in love with the marshes as much as with Kya herself.
However, when mysterious circumstances drag Kya from her beloved marshes into the center of a town crime, she’ll need everything she’s learned to defend herself in the world that shunned her when she needed them most.
A crime mystery, nature poetry, and Bildungsroman all in one, Where the Crawdads Sing will both enchant and trouble your mind in the most delightful way.