Thanks to Putnam books for the free digital copy of Where The Crawdads Sing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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 for 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.
I have struggled in the few days since I finished this novel to decide how I feel about it and what I want to discuss in my review. I’ll start by saying that even though this book has a lot of positive points, I didn’t love it the way many other reviewers have, so let me discuss the pros and cons.
So many elements of Where The Crawdads Sing are simply beautiful. Throughout the entire novel, Owens describes in elegant detail the marshlands where Kya lives. I enjoyed every morsel of sumptuous setting and felt transported to the marsh every time I picked up this book.
The main character Kya is so well developed. She is unusual in all ways: her life, her thoughts, her demeanor. She pulled me into the book and had me so intrigued that I wanted to keep reading to find out the path her life was going to take. Jumpin’ is another well developed character that really pulled on my heart strings.
My only problem with this book was the slowly paced plot. There were large chunks of the book where I felt not much was happening at all. I actually felt a little frustrated because this whole beautiful setting is built up with such a strange and unusual main character that the story could have gone so much further, in my opinion. In the end, the impact this book made on me was smaller than I expected. If you have been wanting to read this book, I still think you should. I’m happy I got to know Kya and her beautiful marsh, I’m just sad that I was underwhelmed with the storyline. I rate this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.