This is the ninth book from My Book Bucket List that I’ve finished! Look for next month’s poll post to vote for my next book in the coming weeks!
Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Genre: Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Coming-of-Age
Story Perspective: Third-Person Omniscient
Themes: Family, Love, Isolation, Education, Trust, Abandonment, Abuse, Survival
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Left alone at such a young age, Kya learns to survive and take care of herself. However, with this neglect and abandonment, she lacks the ability to trust others. That is, until she gets to an age where she longs to be loved and is no longer just surviving but needs companionship.
Throughout the years, two boys fill her mind and time. However, all of that is about to come to a standstill when a crime happens nearby…
This was a book that was given to me as a Christmas gift, and it’s one that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. When it was chosen as a Book Bucket List winner, I was pretty excited. It’s one that I fully enjoyed and couldn’t stop reading!
Opening with Kya and her mother taking off was quite the introduction to this little girl’s life. Right from the beginning, readers begin to understand the difficulties Kya will face throughout her life as everyone abandons her and she is left on her own to survive in the marshes.
Kya is a likable character and is easy to sympathize with. She is quiet, yet inquisitive. Since she is the lead, she is the most developed while her love interests are developed enough for readers to understand their motives. Other characters that surround Kya aren’t as developed, but that could be the consequence of Kya’s own isolation.
When looking at the plot, I found myself glued to every page of this book, with the exception of specific chapters. Those chapters were of the police officers trying to identify how a murder takes place. I am not an officer and I don’t know one personally, so I’m not exactly sure how investigations work. However, there was something off-putting about the dialogue and interactions between the two main police officers in this case. Some of their conversations seemed stiff and prescribed as if their were actors who were studying their lines for the first time. I’m not sure how accurate this is in real life, but nonetheless, it wasn’t pleasant to read. On the contrary, I really enjoyed how everything unfolded in the end. It kept my attention and had me guessing a number of times while reading.
I feel the themes of isolation, abandonment, and trust are woven together in a logical sense. The path that Kya goes down aligns with, what I imagine, for a children who was neglected and left alone. As a teacher and one who loves children, this makes me sad and feel empathy for this character (and the people she represents). When an author can make you feel toward a character, you know he/she is doing something right.
Overall, I truly enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing and am glad to have read the book!
I would highly recommend this read to those who enjoy simple murder mysteries and a story following how a young girl learns to survive on her own.