Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s one of those books that stayed with me long after I finished reading. I couldn’t start a new book right away; I had to sit with this one for awhile, which, to me, is a sign of a really great book.
Where the Crawdads Sing takes place in the swamps of North Carolina. The author beautifully describes the setting, and paints realistic characters. It is about a girl, Kya, who is abandoned by her family and left to fend for herself in their shack in the swamp. She is considered an outcast by the townspeople and makes a life for herself as a loner. As she grows up she meets two boys from town and becomes entangled in relationships with them. When one of the boys ends up dead, Kya, the swam girl, is seen as the prime suspect.
The story alternates between the current time of 1969, and 1952. The timelines slowly creep closer and closer together until you are reading everything in real time. I liked how the author did that instead of keeping it in two distinct time periods, I kept waiting for the past to catch up to the present and it kept it very exciting. The mystery kept me hanging on until the very end. I so loved this book.
Wine Pairing: Trader Joe’s Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon
At $7.99 this is a reasonably priced wine. It is somewhat fruity, not too light, but not too heavy. This book had me curled up on our cozy couch for hours, and this is a wine that pairs well with being cozy and fits the serious tone of the book.
Have you read Where the Crawdads Sing? What are your thoughts? Cheers!