Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

OH. MY. GOD. What. A. Dazzling. Masterpiece.

The story:

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.

From a reader’s point of view:

This amazing, remarkable book left me at a loss for words: engrossing, magical, lyrical, breathtaking…there are so many qualifiers and I can’t even begin to level with everything this story holds. The descriptions of the marshland are stunningly lushly, sensory, and so vibrant that the marshes and estuaries quickly become a character of their own. The characterization is superb; one of the best crafted, the finest I’ve ever read: from the difficult childhood to the early come-of-age poetic beauty she becomes, Kya–and the rest of the characters–pulses vividly in this widescreen, watercolor-ed marshland.

It’s a story of love and abandonment, survival, prejudice, and so much more, and when you believe things can’t get worse for Kya, you realize that, yes, they can. Halfway through the book, I heard myself silently hope for a happy ending.

This novel should come with a disclaimer in the front advising readers will need to plan on shutting down, the rest of their activities be damned. It’s the kind of book that steals your breath away with its beauty, leaves you in a daze with a hangover, and you’re afraid that whatever comes next it’s going to be dull and tasteless.

From a writer’s point of view:


In 3 words?

Book of 2018!