When shelter in place first went into effect, my girlfriends and I started using zoom to meet regularly on Friday’s for a virtual happy hour. This helped to relieve much of the every day stress and uncertainties. Of course we had a lot to talk and gossip about. Especially when the drinks started flowing and that’s when we came up with the idea of starting a book club. We had to do something to fill our time after all. Not to mention it would be a great excuse to meet virtually, sip wine, and chat.
Since it was my idea, I was designated the book club leader. But, my reading has been less than exceptional over the past years besides the occasional news article on my phone. So, we decided to start with googling the top book club books. ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ was number one with a ton of great reviews. Not to mention it had a murder mystery story line which I loved. I’m a true-crime junkie which you’ll later find out.
I’ll be honest, if you’re going to start ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, don’t expect to be captured within the first page or even the first chapter. It’s a little slow at first where you may feel like you’re reading a book for school. But, as it progresses it definitely doesn’t feel like that anymore. It also takes place starting in 1952 North Carolina so their speaking style is written appropriately. However, you have to pay close attention to make sure you understand what they’re really saying. It also goes back and forth between her past and her present from chapter to chapter so awareness of this will be essential in comprehension and piecing the story together.
There is significant character development which I truly enjoyed. It also brings you closer to the characters to almost feel as if you’re watching a movie. Kya, the main character, also known as the “Marsh Girl” is abandoned by her family at a young age and left to fend for herself. I can’t even imagine what that’s like as I can barely fend for myself as an adult! But she finds a way and her knowledge of the marsh and the land gives her the upper hand. You can’t help but develop a certain love and empathy for Kya and her lifestyle.
As she gets older, as every young Woman does, she finds herself yearning for love and she finds it in two very different young men. You’ll have to form your own opinions on them but you’ll figure that out rather quickly. In the midst of Kya trying to navigate love, life, and her abandoned past, a murder happens in her town. Of course, all eyes turn to the “Marsh Girl” who has been living in secret for all of these years and doesn’t associate with anyone.
This is when the true “fun” begins as they start to delve into her life and the possibilities of her committing such a heinous crime. This murder-mystery keeps you guessing from page to page. It’s a powerful story not only of survival through the eyes of a Woman but also heartbreak and the struggle of continuing to push on. It takes you on a journey through nature, love and her connection between the two. I highly recommend ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ if you’re into mystery and romance tangled up in one.