Warning: This is about 25% mystery and 75% romance of different sorts. I didn’t get it for either reason, but rather because of the hype. And it was about 35% pretty good and 65% poor. There’s a death (murder?) and legal crime story as a frame for a romance which includes a wild girl, Marsh Girl,” who has been abandoned by almost everyone and grows up in the salt marshes of eastern North Carolina. A couple local boys/men get involved with her – that’s the love story part. The crime part includes the procedural aspects and the court case after one of the men is found dead.
For the first 150 pages or so I was impressed, this is the story of Kya as a young girl in a seriously bad situation and it has lovely descriptions of the setting. Then Kya gets involved with Tate on a level deeper than learning to read and then along comes Chase. Shoot, just as I feared, it’s basically a Young Adult romance novel. But because it’s kinda-sorta nicely written and has a mystery/crime as a frame story there was a hook for me and I hung in there.
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
2018 / 379 pages
read by Cassandra Campbell – 12h 12m
rating: 5 (very mixed) / contemp fiction
(read and listened)
I’m not going to judge the book or folks who love it because I personally really enjoy crime novels which are some-times as clichéd and with possibly less literary significance than this book. This just isn’t my genre. (And my rating is based on what I like in books, not any kind of ultimate value.)
I was quite pleased for about 1/3 of the book and then it turned into the YA thing. But it did get excellent reviews as general fiction and I enjoyed most of the procedural crime and courtroom drama parts, but the sheriff was really stupid. The last few chapters were rather original again and I enjoyed them.
A big disappointment for me, but not a total waste. As I said in my rating – the review is mostly negative but the rating is mixed.