Where the Crawdads Sing 🦐 Book Review


Written by Thelonia

Where the Crawdads Sing starts with abandonment. Kya's family, starting with her Mother, leave her one by one, making her more and more alone in family shack in the middle North Carolina marshland in search of bigger and brighter things. Eventually, only Kya, the youngest of the children, is left. But instead of giving up, she digs her heels in and more than survives, thrives, with the help of some of the folks in town and her own knowledge of the land (and water) that surrounds her.

A coming-of-age story that entwines romance, science, and a mystery, Where the Crawdads Sing is perhaps the best book of the year, and feels like an instant classic.

A lot of reviews/summaries I've seen so far over-emphasize the mystery aspect of the book which, while important, is definitely not the major selling point of the book for me. The mystery (captivating though it is) is almost beside the point, and is the natural ending to the story's character building. It's the background that is the strongest part of the book, and what allows the mystery to be interesting in the first place.

The heart of the novel is Kya's voice and story, which gets told in memories and experiences, all of which are tinged with alienation and loneliness, though as she grows into her solitude, it becomes more and more difficult to see how negatively it's affecting her.

Where the Crawdads Sing feels like an instant classic, with a beautiful story with rich characters and smooth clear writing that flows between decades effortlessly and builds up to a strong and satisfying conclusion.

Where the Crawdads Sing is currently available everywhere books are sold.

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