"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
"I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full."
― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens has created a masterpiece. This coming of age story is full of survival, friendship, love, knowledge, independence, strength, trust, and so much more.
Owens flawlessly interweaves two stories from two different timelines. The majority of the story follows a young girl, Kya, as she grows up alone in a small shack in the mashes of the North Carolina coast. The other story follows two police officers a couple of years in the future as they investigate the alleged murder of a prominent town football player, Chase Andrews.
I thought the plot was incredibly engaging. I thought Owens did a great job of switching back and forth between timelines. These transitions kept me eagerly turning the page throughout the whole book.
Owen's writing style was poetic and descriptive. I could picture every scene, character, and setting throughout the novel.
Despite switching back and forth, the organization is perfect. The jumps in time were also correctly placed.
I absolutely loved Kya's character. For the whole book, I just wanted to wrap her up in a hug. Owen's writing made me fall in love with her, and I developed a sisterly protection.
My favorite part of the novel was the ending. I thought that it was perfect because I had no questions at the end. Usually, I am not a fan of standalones, but I felt completely satisfied with the ending.
I didn't have a least favorite part.
I give Where the Crawdads Sing, 5 out of 5 stars. I can't recommend this book enough. Even if you do not like contemporary fiction, you will enjoy this book. I loved this book so much that at the end of the day, I would eagerly rush home to sit down and read it.