Book: Where the Crawdad's Sing
Author: Delia Owens
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.-Goodreads
Review: Another book club selection (for my adult book club). I have mixed feelings about this book. It started off strong and I was engaged in the story. I really felt bad for Kya and how her family abandoned her. After being isolated and alone for years, Tate finds her and that is when my non-stop eye rolling began. I had a hard time suspending disbelief for a lot after this point. The extremely fast way she learned to read, her dialect, then the book seemed to move into a chick lit category. Then it merged into a legal..well, not a legal thriller but a legal drama of sorts. I actually really enjoyed the courtroom sections.
Overall-this started strong, dragged in the middle (I liked the nature descriptions but they put me to sleep at times) and I liked the end.