Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
The story starts with Chase Andrews’ death in late 1969. Everyone in Barkley Cove believe that the ‘Marsh Girl’ murdered him. More a legend than a real person, Kya Clark (the Marsh Girl) is left to fend for herself from a very young age in the wild world. The book goes back and forth from 1952 following Kya’s life up to 1969 when the investigation is taking place.
The first part of the book introduces the readers to life in Barkley Cove. It is descriptive and I know that it puts a lot of people off this book as not that many things happen at that point. Even though there’s not much action, I didn’t find it boring. I think that introduction to Kya’s childhood and teenage years were important details to know in order to understand Kya’s relationship with the Barkley Cove community and the marsh.
In part 2, the investigation gets a lot more interesting, so I found it impossible to put the book down. It was intense and I just had to know what happens as soon as possible. Contrary to part 1 where we follow Kya’s life, part 2 focuses on the specific events leading up to Chase’s death. The trial is so intense, I had no idea what the outcome will be. It kept me guessing until the very last minute and only when the words were said I found out.
The ending shocked me the most. After the trial was over, I thought the book will just conclude and end like most of the books do after the big reveal. That didn’t happen here. I couldn’t believe the very last chapter. No spoilers but this whole book is full of surprises!
When it comes to thrillers, the best ones are those that keep you guessing until the very end. The ones that shock you as you find the answers alongside the characters. I think this book has done that and so much more. It is a MUST READ for everyone. Where the Crawdads Sing is about primal instincts, survival, wilderness, loneliness, love, community and prejudice. It shows the worst part of the community – we tend to exclude those who are not the same as us. We think if they are different, something is wrong with them. This issue is as much of a problem today as it always was.
If you are not a fan of thrillers, I would still highly recommend reading this. It’s not dark or depressing. It’s certainly not a light read, but this one book covers so many topics, I think it is definitely worth your time. If you’ve read it or are planning to read it, let me know in the comments!