Book Review of “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

Delia Owens’ first novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” is a coming-of-age, romantic narrative blooming in the North Carolina coastal marshlands. Protagonist Kya, the Marsh Girl, transforms the lives of everyone she encounters.

Kya’s character is a beautiful combination of mystery, drama and strength.

Owens’ scientific background flawlessly transfers over from work to writing. Owens was accredited a bachelor’s degree in zoology from University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in animal behavior from UC Davis.

There’s not a dull moment throughout the book. The reader’s exposure to Kya’s active fascination engages feelings of admiration for a desolate marshland. Owens’ novel is playfully composed of figurative language and maintains steady character development.

A binge-worthy debut.

Owens’ writing style is easy to follow. She properly gives coastal Carolina marshes the credit they deserve. The intertwining of wildlife and townsfolk creates complex situations for Kya. Owens’ literary adaptation of incorporating science with fiction is a mesmerizing experience.

The climax is a celebration of accountability. Touching on turbulent relationships and the harrowing times as a local outcast, the novel is a captivating rendition that allows the reader to consider the struggles and triumphs of surviving.

I had a hard time putting this gorgeous book down. Owens’ descriptive narrative makes each page a joy to devour. “Where the Crawdads Sing” is a fun, heartfelt and scandalous journey of life focusing on the importance of appreciating nature.

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