Book Review – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Yesterday I didn’t clean, parent, shop, study, or write; I stayed in bed for four hours straight and read, ’Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens.

I met a girl, named Kya or as others called her, Marsh girl, and I learned some things.

I learned a marsh is not a swamp (in the first sentence).

I learned that female praying Mantis eat their mate (I knew this part), while the male is still “mating” (I did not know that weird “chicken running around with its head cut off” specific).

I learned that despite how we are raised, we have within us the ability to grow and (not change) but evolve.

I was reminded of how evil can disguise itself as love, and vice versa.

Where the Crawdads Sing, is a beautiful fiction novel which in any other novel I would probably consider to have too much setting details for my usual liking, however, in this case, the North Carolina Marsh is like an entire character of its own.

I don’t like to regurgitate blurbs in my book reviews because that is what the actual blurb is for; I want to tell you how it felt to read it. I felt relief at all the times the characters you would usually expect to be outrageously and ridiculously awful, were actually realistic in their behaviour, emotions and reactions. It felt nice not to be tied up in angst the way it can sometimes feel when watching a blockbuster that has you grating your fingernails down the walls. Don’t misinterpret this as it not leaving me on the edge of my seat, intrigue weaved its way through the chapters, and emotions (I won’t tell you which ones) weren’t just waiting for me at the end (because that would be so cliché), they trapped me when I least expected it. I was not left wanting, which was a great reprieve and I felt totally at peace with reading a book that had an actual ending. It was nice walking away with all my questions answered.

Where the Crawdads Sing reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Midwives by Chris Bohjalian, (both top faves of mine) but Owens has created her own mysterious story beyond the Marsh, where the Crawdads sing.

I highly recommend this read and it is books like this that are teaching me to be patient, to set the scene in my mind and get to know where I am before the plot and action have me on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Have you read this book?

Did you love it?




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