I read “Where the crawdads sing” couple of months ago when I picked it as Book of The Month as it seemed to be the go to book everyone was talking about. I have been disappointed before by books most praised and I can tell you I didn’t expect much of it.
I sat myself comfortably on the sofa and started reading it thinking I will be one book closer to my annual challenge. I surprised myself when I couldn’t stop. I wanted to go deeper and deeper into the story, I wanted to dive in and take it all with me. I imagined myself in the marsh, quietly observing how a six year old Kya was waiting for her mum to return, was wondering why everyone abandoned her and I felt the loneliness surrounding her but also the incredible determination to survive, to live and learn, to provide for herself and avoid all trouble.
Kya is “the marsh girl” – the dirty kid everyone avoids, the uneducated, the savage child nobody wants to have anything to do with and most definitely the one expected to fail. In reality she is a smart and clever girl who knew the marsh and found ways to make money and provide for her basic needs.
It is an original story, a true page turner, haunting and unpredictable book. It has it all – a coming of age story, adventure, a murder and mystery but also lots of love. It’s a winner from page one. It is so beautifully written that it wraps around you and captures all your senses.
“of her favorites was John Masefield’s “Sea Fever”: . . . all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying. Kya recalled a poem written by a lesser-known poet, Amanda Hamilton, published recently in the local newspaper she’d bought at the Piggly Wiggly: Trapped inside, Love is a caged beast, Eating its own flesh. Love must be free to wander, To land upon its chosen shore And breathe.”
― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read and I am so looking forward for the movie. Thank you Reese Witherspoon for deciding on taking this book as a project and for choosing it as your book club pick as well and making it so known in the world of readers.
Also, I can say that as a debut novel, Delia Owens climb up the writers ladder very fast and I am so waiting for another incredible book from her.