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A haunting story of a little girl growing up in the marsh lands all alone. Everyone she depended on leaves her, without much food, money or skills to survive. It is hard to imagine how one would exist without love, a touch of gentleness or even companionship. The author weaves a good tale with lots of excess description of the marsh and it's wildlife. Great ending that brings many things to closure, easy reading and I recommend reading it.
Great read once you get past the first few chapters. Well written accounts of an area of our country I was not familiar. I have had returning thoughts of parts of this book. So well written and readable in such a way that your mind continues to call into question characters!
A great book. Truly couldn't put it down. The characters are so raw and believable. This book makes you take a look at life and realize that things are not black and white.
A beautifully written, heartbreaking story of Kya Clark, the "Marsh Girl," who against all odds and prejudices is able to survive on her own in the North Carolina wetlands. As she grows, her beauty attracts two different men into her life with different motives. A murder mystery and courtroom drama evolve with Kya at the center. The answer to the mystery will have you hooked until the end!
As I started listening to the book, I didn’t think I would like it. I’m not a big fan of “coming of age“ books. Then I read some of the reviews on this sight. There sure is a mixture of opinions! I almost returned it, but in the end stuck with it. It held my attention to the very end. As I type this now there are tears in my eyes. I was “on hold” for the book 6 months, I got it much quicker, due to Covid 19, than I thought I would. I’m glad I read it
There were so many lessons in this story. There is a caste system alive and well in America today - why is it allowed to remain, how is it perpetuated, how can it be stopped. Do the laws of nature apply to humans.
The ending of the book was pure perfection. Gave us readers an answer to what became of the necklace but left the rest hanging
I agree with GSP2104. It became predictable as I read on where this story was going. I did not finish it as so many others were waiting. It took the turn from the beauty of the marsh to the culture of the 60's in the area of location. This novel will surely appeal to a dedicated set of readers. It simply lacked the depth of reflection that I enjoy.
I read this book because it was recommended from a college bookclub group. I didn't want it to end! I love that the author has taken time to really let us get to know Kya. I want to learn more about the marsh that is Kya's home and the surrounding area.
Not sure that I really understand the hype about this novel. The descriptions of the marsh and nature are beautiful but parts of the plot sometimes read like a YA novel from a first time author.
It took me about 100 pages to get into the book but after that, I was hooked. I think it was the love story that captured me, but I'm not sure I understand why the book was such a huge runaway success. Don't get me wrong, I ended up loving it, but I wouldn't classify it as an instant classic or a masterpiece like the New York Times Best Seller list might have you believe.
I just loved this book. The author’s evocation of the natural world and the way that world enriched and empowered the life of an isolated but resilient young girl was amazing. She became her own strong, independent person despite the odds of being abandoned by her family and the prejudices of the townspeople. It is beautifully written, too, and was a joy to read. The particularly dark event in the story has a surprising twist that only increased my admiration for the author.
I liked this book. The ending was a bit cookie cutter for me. Kindof like " and they all lived happily ever after".
The author has done a good job describing marsh and the nature. It’s a beautiful writing with the poems interwoven throughout the book.
It’s a good read, but it is hard for me to comprehend how a young child can live and learn survival skills by herself.
Guess I just don't get this?? Everything has so much description that I could find no rhythm to the words and gave up after 20 pages.
Marvelous book. The author gets into the brilliant mind of a person who is intimately part of the marshes and swamps of the coastal Carolinas. This person, Kya, understands and loves the natural world because that is the only way she could survive alone from six years old.
Beautifully written story. Vivid description of the “ Low Country ” in the south eastern US. Highly recommend. It has been on the best seller list for almost two years for a reason !
I skipped over this one when I first saw it on the Peak Picks shelf, but was urged to read it by a friend. I don't usually enjoy novels with romance-heavy plotlines, but found 'Where the Crawdads Sing' to be a sweet, stirring story that explores the connections between the natural world and the human-made one, how loneliness can inspire beauty, and what it means to be loved. The heroine, Kya, is quirky, likable, and charmingly scrappy. There were a few parts of the book that I found just a tinge too unrealistic to sit well with me, but the end of the last chapter had me in tears. 'Where the Crawdads Sing' is key lime pie for the soul, the perfect sunny-day picnic read.
Similar to Brit, I was underwhelmed with this predictable, romantic story. A fan of debut novels, this book pales in comparison to others. Coming off the 'high' of the groundbreaking debut, "Fight Club", it lacks uniqueness, plot twists and character depth. I'm the type of reader that seeks engaging, evocative storytelling with characters that break the mold, but this story falls flat in these areas. The Marsh Girl while interesting, isn't memorable, nor are the circumstances, common to stories from the South. Where the trial is concerned, I happen to be reading a Grisham novel simultaneously, and there's no comparison whatsoever. I'd rate the book 2 stars, but don't feel its fair. Regardless, its well paced, but mediocre at best.
Seems I'm swimming against the tide here. It's an interesting (but not very believable story) and I enjoyed the descriptions of the natural world and its inhabitants. I didn't think it terribly well written and there were several things that flew completely in the face of reason, or logic. I'll leave it at that.
Excellent bittersweet story! So glad I tried a new author. Have recommended the book to my friends. If you love a story of female empowerment you need to read this book!
This book is powerful. In every sense.
Kya Clark ,"The Marsh Girl". What a woman. Such a compelling character. I couldn't get enough of this book, it just kept on giving. Set in Carolina in the 1960's. Kya is referred to as The Marsh Girl, growing up in the Marsh for all of her life, a story of survival at it's finest. Kya faces prejudice daily. Even more so when Chase Andrews is found dead in the Marsh. Delia Owens writing is magnificent. The vivid imagery created is unbelievable. She touches on the themes of love, loss, loneliness, judgement, racism and social divide. ⠀
Since finishing I've been experiencing a book hangover like no other. I can't stop thinking about this book. I absolutely loved it.⠀
This will forever more be my go to recommendation
I read the description of this book and thought I wouldn't like it. A friend persuaded me to read it. Boy am I glad I did because I just loved it. This is a book about love and nature with a mystery wound around it. All three aspects of the book are excellent. I felt like I was reading "Educated," with easier reading. I would recommend this to anyone.