Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was a book I put on my to-read list for the longest time. I heard good things about it but I always had a couple of books that I was reading and was never able to get around to reading it. When I finally did read it, I was so mad at myself for not reading it sooner!
Catherine Danielle Clark, also known as Kya, has lived her whole life living in the marshes. She has seen her family leave one by one but she stayed behind. By age 10, Kya was living all by herself and learned to survive. She grows up isolated and makes few friends but learns how cruel people can be and how even when you choose to live alone, not everyone will leave you alone.
This book is beautiful tale about surviving in the wild, the beauty of nature and trauma. Owens has managed to write a modern classic that is filled with raw emotions, mystery and an amazing character in Kya. Books like these make me want to explore nature more and travel to remote places.
Delia Owens is a retired wildlife biologist and has embarked on many amazing adventures. I have reviewed her and her former husband’s book in the past and I was delighted to read a new book by her. She uses a lot of her experience and you can tell she loves nature in this novel.
This was her debut novel and it has sold over 4 million copies and has sold more print copies than any other book in 2019. Not a bad way to start off her writing career. The movie rights to this book have been bought by Fox 2000 and I can’t wait to see this book on the big screen.
I really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely read it again down the line. If you love a good mystery, books with strong female characters, and nature then I recommend this book to you.