Insiders Book Club: Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This soul-gripping novel takes the reader through the life and times of its main character, Kya.

Tales of a drunk father, an absentee mother, siblings who have to leave each other in order to survive, and Kya, a lone child, surviving against all odds in the marsh, finding love, losing it…..

The prologue of this novel dates back to 1969 and begins with a “tribute” to the marsh;

“Marsh is not swamp. Marsh is a space of light, where grass grows in water, and water flows into the sky. Slow-moving creeks wander, carrying the orb of the sun with them to the sea, and long-legged birds lift with unexpected grace—as though not built to fly—against the roar of a thousand snow geese.”

A unique spin to the events in this novel takes the reader back in time before the second character, Chase Andrews was murdered.

Delia Owens entices the reader by placing a snippet of the event surrounding his murder below the prologue;

“On the morning of October 30, 1969, the body of Chase Andrews lay in the swamp, which would have absorbed it silently, routinely. Hiding it for good. A swamp knows all about death, and doesn’t necessarily define it as tragedy, certainly not a sin….”

If you are one for adventure, then it is best you fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight as you have a good read.



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  • Bello Olabisi Victoria

    Bello Olabisi, known to most individuals as Dorian is a literature student. She's a dark poet with a weird sense of humor, a spoken word artist, a nature photographer, a freelance writer, an active volunteer and a lover of stuffed toys.

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