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Review: Where The Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where The Crawdads Sing
By Delia Owens
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780735219090, August 2018, 384pp.

The Short of It:

A coming-of-age story interwoven with nature and a touch of mystery.

The Rest of It:

I would say first and foremost that Where The Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age story. But then, when you find yourself all wrapped up in the story, someone gets murdered.

Hmmm.

Kya and her family live in the marsh. They are considered by the rest of the town as “marsh people”. Poor, scrappy, wild. Kya’s father is a straight-up drunk who beats his wife and anyone else who comes between him and his drink. One day, Kya’s mom just walks away from all of it (her husband, the shack, her four children) and leaves them all to fend for themselves. Then her sisters leave. Then her brother. Kya, at the age of 5 is left to manage the household and when her father eventually leaves, she’s forced to make do with what she has.

The story follows Kya as she struggles to piece together an existence. Her one saving grace, is the marsh itself. Kya sees the beauty all around her each and every day, but when she becomes a beautiful, young woman, she gets the attention of the town’s number one player, Chase Andrews, and it leads to trouble.

I really enjoyed the first three-quarters of Where The Crawdads Sing. The writing was lovely and I loved Kya’s will to survive and all the environmental elements of marsh life made reading this story a real treat. But I didn’t care for the mystery thread which felt a little tacked-on to me. I also felt that the trial at the end of the book was almost an after-thought. It felt out-of-place to me.

This book has gotten a lot of attention and praise. It has been chosen for numerous book clubs and there is plenty to discuss, but if I had my choice I would have skipped the murder plot all together.

Have you read it? What did you think of it?

Source: Purchased
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Review: An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl
By Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
St. Martin’s Press, 9781250133731, January 2019, 384pp.

The Short of It:

If you are into cat and mouse type reads then An Anonymous Girl is the book for you.

The Rest of It:

While working on a client, Jessica hears about a research study that pays good money. Although the study is not geared towards her age demographic specifically, the beauty business she’s in doesn’t pay all that much and her family desperately needs the money, so she pretends to be her client so she can participate and make a little extra cash.

Jessica has no idea what she has gotten herself into. All she has to do is answer the questions that Dr. Shields asks but the questions stir up the past and make her doubt the type of person she is. And when the questions become tasks, that seem to test her in more ways than one, Jessica finds herself stuck in the middle of a cat and mouse game that is completely out of control.

This was an entertaining read but honestly, it went on for about fifty pages too long. I liked Jessica a lot, even though she didn’t always make good decisions. I also liked Dr. Shields and how cold and calculated she was. I feel like they complimented one another in the way that women sometimes do when they are together. But although I enjoyed the book a lot it took me a really long time to read it.

It’s advertised as being a lot like Gone Girl. It is not. Thankfully.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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