Where The Crawdads Sing
One of the least Fuldapocalyptic and most mainstream novels I’ve recently reviewed, Delia Owens’ Where The Crawdads Sing is a historical novel in the marsh of North Carolina. It follows the life of Catherine “Kya” Clark as she grows up in a shack, falls in love, gets smarter, gets successful, and gets accused of murder.
The prose is beautifully written and deserves all its accolades. The ping-ponging of scenes from the time of the murder to the time of Kya’s youth that eventually get closer and closer starts off somewhat awkwardly, but smooths itself out by the end. The plot works fine for moving the story along.
The biggest problem I had was Kya’s development as a character. Her transformation from illiterate bumpkin to intelligent scientist/philosopher felt too fast and not credible enough for me. But that’s not enough to break the book. This is a bestseller that deserves to be a bestseller.
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So, it’s a Sheldon “If Tomorrow Comes” rip-off, in a sense? Recently saw the new cover edition for this book at Walmart. I have to admit, when I walked by it, my first thought was not “Oh, I bet Coiler will be reviewing that!” But hey, that’s one of the great things about you and your site that has me coming back every day and buying your books! You’re the Man! Thanks!