Finally, a book worth the hype! Composed of equal parts beautiful prose and compelling plot line, Where the Crawdads Sing is a book that will capture your heart. Set in the 1960s and alternating between the past and the present, the book tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl living in the marshes of North Carolina, as she becomes the prime suspect of the murder of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity in the fictional town of Barkley Cove.
Owens’ style of writing perfectly captures the essence of North Carolina, her prose cracking open a door through which to glimpse the unruly nature that thrives in the South. While the book is ultimately a coming-of-age story, the trials and tribulations that Kya encounters seamlessly weaves heavy themes of class division, domestic abuse and what it means to be female, into a story that keeps the reader guessing until the end who the killer of Chase Andrews really is. This is the story of a young girl who learns to stand alone, falls in love, and experiences heartbreak. It is relatable, encapsulating, and emotionally all-consuming.
Kudos to Owens for writing a masterpiece, I eagerly await her next book.