I recently finished Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I started the audiobook on our way to Paris, which kept me from sleeping on the plane! But, I wasn’t able to finish the audiobook before it was due. So, I waited several weeks in a huge queue with the library to get the hardcover.
Where the Crawdads Sing: Amazon Description
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.
After finishing The Good Immigrant, I was able to quickly pick up from where I left off in Where the Crawdads Sing. It’s understandably different listening to an audiobook verses reading the text. In this case I actually preferred the audiobook, unlike The Bright Hour. I loved the main character, Kya, and her story. It’s a little unrealistic at times; only going to school once, never getting sick, the courtroom scenes, just to name a few. But, if you’re able to let some of those fabricated bits you can enjoy Kya’s perseverance, ingenuity, and #girlpower. I’m not surprised it’s a New York Times Bestseller, on Reece’s Book Club list, and has 5/5 stars on Amazon.