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I love how Owens uses her background as a zoologist to provide beautiful descriptions of creatures and nature in general. It is a very lyrical and moving story. Some of the events ended up shocking me due to the great presence of the characters the story is based on. Kya is such a unique character in many ways: she is intelligent, brave, and sheltered: she lends her trust to others very easily. Her observations of her environment makes this comparable to Anthony Doerr’s “All The Light We Cannot See.” These individuals don’t feel like super perfect magazine people; instead, these characters almost feel more like friends. Narratives about the swamp ecosystem, love, and family are intertwined into this amazing work. I have mixed feelings about the plot, but the writing is just stunning!
I thought this was a great book. If it takes me less than 3 weeks to finish reading a book, then it was a good one. Very riveting, must read.
I found the way Kya was left by all of her family very unbelievable. She was just a little girl, wouldn’t one of her siblings rescue her when they ran away.
Would a community really abandon a child all by herself?
I did enjoy the beautiful friendship with Mabel & her husband, it seemed authentic
Would a young man really explain menses to a girl, come on, never.
I am not sure if Kya actually killing Chase was plausible, she never ever gave an impression of being violent
Sorry, so many “ oh come on’s” in this long story.
The nature-based elements of the story were really fine in my opinion, but when it came to descriptions of main characters and their relationships, I found it a little too bodice-rippingly simplistic. She's drop-dead gorgeous, both blokes are devastatingly handsome, etc. etc. So, meh.
Seems like a regular, predictable novel, until the ending. The ending kicks you in the gut. It is memorable, for sure. I did like the descriptions of nature. It paints a picture like that of bayou near New Orleans. People who are keen natural history buffs will love the book.
Loved this book! Such lovely descriptions of North Carolina marshlands and coastal areas, and the birds and other animals that inhabit them. A different world for me , and I felt like I was there.
I had a hard time getting a hold of the time-line shift and figuring out the story initially, but that soon passed. An intriguing tale of a young girl who learns about life through nature, her only companion. Inspiring and fantastic, I fell in love with her and wanted to cook for her. With an air of mystery, life in the North Carolina swamps is explored in a way which I have never learned about. Highly recommended.
It seems that I am not quite as taken with this book as many others are. This very fast read had me shaking my head from time to time as I tried to imagine Kya's day-to-day life. I also began channelling Gene Stratton-Porter's book 'Girl of the Limberlost' which was one I read way back when I was in Junior Highschool. Both deal with the subject of a young girl growing up in a setting where she essentially raises herself, and both achieve their own success in life. The thread of mystery throughout this story is something of a hook but if you are a mystery buff you will figure out the conclusion about halfway through. It is a good read but not one of my most favourites.
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is an inspiring coming of age story of Kya, the Marsh Girl, and a suspenseful murder mystery of the death of Chase Andrews. The book takes place in North Carolina in a small town called Barkley Cove in the 1960s. Kya understands life in the Marsh, but is seen as the outcast from the rest of society. She learns how to survive on her own and makes sense of the world through her knowledge of the Marsh. Owens uses Kya’s fascination of the Marsh to connect her life to the murder case. Although the book switches between the past and the present, the book is easy to follow because there are dates for each chapter that let readers know when it is talking about Kya’s childhood or the murder case. I recommend this book for young adults and adults as there is some foul language and some sexual content.
I do not see what all the hype was about this book. The storyline was nothing new, the dialogue was very rough and stereotyped. There was not a lot of growth in the main character. No one had positive relationships really, and the trial sequence was hackneyed.
Owens descriptions of the marsh and coastal NC were nice but overall, I didn't think this book was that great. Won't be one that I recommend.
A slow brew steeped in the marshes of the Carolinas. Great read that draws you in page by page.
I was completely enraptured by this novel. It was such a heartbreaking tale of loss, love and a girl just trying to fit in with the rest of the world when she was dismissed as an outcast. I was captivated from start to finish, and thought the author created a beautiful story. Would highly recommend!
Emotionally gripping. An exact definition of how loneliness can ache to the core for the main character in her remote shack the same as it can strike us living in a bustling city. A fast read that I finished in one day. I look forward to reading more from this author.
I really loved this book. I often pick up books only to put them down and never read them because the Author fails to reel me in early. I found my attention was captured early on, with my heart breaking for this tiny little girl. As the story progressed I fell in love with the main character, her uniqueness, and found I became protective over her and needed to know what happens next. I struggled to put this one down! I do not recommend this book for younger audiences...as in I wouldn't let me daughter read this until she was an adult because I feel its mature in content. There are some sexually explicit sections, although they are not overdone. I hate when a story becomes nothing but graphic sexual experiences and loses the depth of the story, this is not that. The parts added were important to the overall story and character development. The author describes the setting well, you can really get a great picture of where they are and whats happening around them, she drew me in with the life of the marsh and its creatures. The ending was beautiful.
Where the Crawdads Sing is a very fine debut novel. Delia Owens takes on self isolation, loneliness, abandonment, and forgiveness in her coming of age novel. The only shortcoming is her plot twists are very predictable and for me, no surprise at the end. Nevertheless, I recommend the novel.
I read this for a book club and it started off slow, so I didn't think I'd finish it. What a heartbreaking personal story that really dove into the main character and her life struggles. At one point, the murder mystery pulled me in and at that point I couldn't put the book down until I had read to the end. Worth the read!
A wonderful read. Slow to start, as it got more into the story, I found myself wanting to finish it and stayed awake to do so. It reads much like a biography, with not too many characters to keep track of. I've read that it is being made into an independent movie.
Not really the genre of book that I usually read but I must say I really enjoyed this book. In fact I couldn't stop reading it. It had so many elements to it, heartbreaking, heartwarming, survival, love, hate, lonliness and redemption just to name a few. I would definately recommend this book.
I loved this book. It is a story that encompasses survival, resilience, loneliness, loss and love, not to mention a murder mystery! This story also swept me away with its setting; the natural but harsh environnment of the marsh, along with its native inhabitants.
I may be the only reader who didn't love this book. Except for the somewhat surprising ending, I found the plot unrealistic and the writing very basic. It was okay. The descriptions of the marsh made me want to learn more. It might make a decent Netflix movie one day. Not sure what all the hype was about.