Date finished: May 3, 2019

Rating: ★★★★★

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Part The Little Friend, part My Absolute Darling, part The Great AloneWhere the Crawdads Sing is a beautiful book that has all the best elements: romance, mystery, murder, gasp-worthy plot twist, female empowerment, and a striking setting.

Kya Clark is introduced as a young, precocious, observant child who loves her mother, her older siblings, and her marsh home. As the novel progresses, she grows into a fiercely independent woman who — after being let down by her siblings, her parents, and two men she loved deeply — is determined to rely on no one but herself.

When one of the men who broke Kya’s heart is found dead, her quiet life in the marsh is thrown into chaos and she’s forced to leave the only home she’s ever known to sit in a prison cell while the murder is investigated.

The various plot elements coupled with the stunning setting — Owens is on par with Kristin Hannah’s captivating descriptions of remote Alaska in The Great Alone — make for a wonderful read that I could hardly put down.

Kya is everything I could want in a protagonist, and I was desperate to know more of her story with each page. This one lives up to the hype, without a doubt, and is a must-read for those who appreciate the setting as a living, breathing character with a storyline in their books.

Photo courtesy @beccamathews (Instagram)

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