Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What is it about? Chase Andrews is found dead. The mysterious marsh girl, Kya is the number one suspect, the book jumps between the story of Kya’s upbringing and the aftermath of Chase’s death. Did Kya kill him? Was it someone else? Was it an accident?

What did I think? Had I not been reading this as part of a buddy read over on Instagram, I would most likely have given up. I was not hooked, in fact it felt like a chore to read. It just felt dense and required a huge amount of concentration to understand what was happening. I had been told you really need to read the first part as context to enjoy the second part and so I persevered. I was right to do so as the second part was like a completely different book, it became a beautiful story, one which I finished with a sense of enjoyment. I became attached to the character of Kya and wanted to watch her develop. I couldn’t give this book more than three stars because it took so long for me to get into and I almost stopped reading altogether which is a shame as I loved the second part so much.

Would I recommend? It is a difficult one because in the end it was such a beautiful story. I think if you are willing to persevere through the backstory go fro it, if not I’d give this one a miss.

What will I be reviewing next? Heroes by Stephen Fry

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