This was my favorite read of September, perhaps of the year. This book has received much hype and from reading the Goodreads commentary, the masses either love it or hate it. There is no in-between.
This is Delia Owen’s first work of fiction, prior to that she wrote bestselling non-fiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. Which I find absolutely fascinating!!! Her love of nature just oozes through the pages in her crisp and in-depth descriptions of the marshes of coastal North Carolina. For me, I felt like I was there. I could feel the breeze off the coast and practically taste the salt in the air.
The story revolves around protagonist Kya, a girl abandoned by all who knew her, let down by family, the system and basically an entire town. But through her own wit and strength, she survives in the harsh environment of the marsh and develops a symbiotic relationship with the nature of the land and the creatures who inhabit it.
This book has it all; a love story, a murder mystery, and the beautiful prose of this harsh and wild land.
Throughout this story my heart just broke for Kya and I found myself rooting for her even with, and perhaps because of, all her flaws. I found myself losing sleep by my nightstand light, rapidly turning pages to find out what happens to this (anti?)hero of the marsh and the few who rally around her.
5 stars – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – but note, you are either going to love Delia’s in-depth description and world building or you are going to be bored. But my hunch is the former. GO GET THIS BOOK!!
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