For years, rumors of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast.
So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved.
When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
An Absolute Delight To Read!
I’ve heard a lot about this book, but have studiously avoided reading others’ opinions and reviews, preferring to wait and enjoy it in my own time. This month seemed ideal!
Kya is known locally as the ‘Marsh Girl’. Frowned upon by most of the nearby townsfolk and avoided by her peers, she lives a different life from them. When a body is found close to where she lives, it’s almost too easy for them to lay the blame at her door. This is Kya’s story.
Her tale could be tragic, but instead it is almost magical. A marvellously spun story which is really quite special. Reading about Kya’s life feels like a privilege, as if I was the only person invited to understand how things unfolded for her. The story begins when she is very young and follows on through all her days to the very end. With limited contact with others, Kya still blossoms in a way that is a lesson to us all. This is the most beautifully written story, with exemplary prose and provides real food for thought. Delia Owens has penned a first-class novel which is an absolute delight to read, and deserves so much more that the five stars I can give it. If there is one book which everyone should read, then this is it. Add it to your reading list today.
I purchased this book. All opinions are entirely my own.
Tags: coming-of-age, murder mystery
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cd
- Size: 379 pages
- Publisher: Corsair
- Publication Date: 8 November 2018
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Delia Owens is the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa – Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, the African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many other publications. She currently lives in Idaho, where she continues her support for the people and wildlife of Zambia. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.