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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

#BookReview WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by DELIA OWENS



ABOUT THE BOOK


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.

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 the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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MY REVIEW

Don't you just love a book that divides opinions to extremes!! This seems to be one of those books and I really wanted to love this and to be wowed after seeing so many amazing and glowing reviews - and for the first half of the book I could understand the plaudits! It features a young girl surviving alone against all the odds as she is left to fend for herself after her mother leaves and then her father disappears for days on end. She was strong, resilient and you couldn't help but cheer her on as she makes a life for herself alone in the marshes.

BUT, then it all began to unravel for me as it seemed to just turn into a bit of a cliche story, that left me feeling cold and bitterly disappointed! It all just felt too rushed, too manufactured and the wonderful Kya became someone different, and you could guess the ending a mile off! I felt more invested in her as a character when she was out to prove people wrong as she had such a kind heart but that ended up with her being taken advantage of.

Abandoment is at the heart of this book - everyone she ever loved or cared about seemed to leave this poor soul at some point, and many would have crumbled with what she had to put up with, but she was a fighter and seemingly happy to get by on her own, trusting very few people and with good reason not to!

★★★

2 comments:

  1. I've read some really glowing reviews, but when I read things like how predictable it sounds or how disappointed you felt, I think... um... maybe I'm not missing much by not reading this.

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    1. I think it's a marmite book! People either adore it or just feel 'meh' about it! Disappointing when it doesn't live up to the hype!

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