We know the feeling, you’ve heard about a book from your Mum/sister/BFF/bookclub/Reese Witherspoon, it seems to be on everyone’s lips! And there’s always that worry… will it live up to the hype? We were definitely guilty of approaching Where the Crawdads Sing with just a little trepidation but we needn’t have worried – it lived up to the hype, and then some.
Set in North Carolina, the story follows the tale of Kya Clarke – known locally as the ‘Marsh Girl’. When the town’s golden boy Chase Andrews is found dead, suspicion is immediately leveled at Kya. But this isn’t a whodunnit or a thriller – Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautiful and evocative novel, it certainly offers intrigue and mystery but more than that it uncovers layers of humanity and emotion. We felt the tug at our heartstrings as the author, Delia Owens, explores the delicate relationship between a father and a daughter, makes us understand the loneliness of a life spent in isolation and reminds us of the tightrope walk of first love.
Most of us are lucky enough to be protected from the pain of solitude, of a life lived away from the gaze of others. In reading this book, we were offered an insight into that isolation, made to feel that loneliness but also to see how the human spirit can still thrive – even under the most testing of circumstances.
Greedily consumed over two days, we had to give this novel 10/10. It’s one of the best books we’ve read in a long time and its compelling, heartbreaking story worked its way under our skin. The themes explored are universal, you’ll find yourself hard-pressed not to empathise with Kya and her life in the marshes. Whether you’re looking for a holiday read or something to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon, Where the Crawdads Sing should be added to your list asap.