“Where the Crawdads Sing” is a powerful story about survival. From a tender age, Kya, the main character, is abandoned by everyone who should love, protect, and guide her through life. Unable to read or write and without money or family, Kya learns to survive on her own by turning to the only world she knows — the natural world surrounding her marsh home. As a rule, she avoids the civilized world adjacent to her marsh until two men come into her life. From them she learns about the good and the bad in humanity.
Although Kya comes to observe people through the lens of her natural world, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is about much more than the natural world. This book is an exciting murder mystery and a love story with a satisfying and surprising ending. The storyline is very well-written, but the author’s writing style surpasses it. Her language is picturesque and lyrical. It needs to be savored.
This book is a unique treasure, and I cannot imagine that anyone but Delia Owens could have written this wonderful book. Put it on your bookshelf.
P. K. Abbot writes character-rich thrillers. His Jersey Murder Series are exciting crime novels with very twisty endings.
Before writing full time, he had a fascinating occupation. For twenty-five years he worked as a professional buyer in two different industries. In his career, he met hundreds of remarkable people and traveled to Europe and throughout the United States.
On February 21, 2011, he experienced a life-changing event. On that day he went into V-fib — ventricular fibrillation. He would have died that afternoon, but his implanted defibrillator discharged seven times within two minutes that day. After the fourth intensive shock to his heart, he questioned if he would have the stamina to survive the ordeal, but survive he did. He spent the next thirteen days in cardiac intensive care in the hospital and the following four months in recovery at home.
After that experience, he decided to devote himself to writing, and he has been writing full time ever since.
He grew up around Trenton, New Jersey and attended high school and college in Philadelphia, where he studied writing, languages, and history. He also served for six years as a military policeman in the United States Army National Guard.
Today he is the proud father of two talented young women, and he lives in a small town in southern New Jersey with his wife and dozens of imaginary characters.
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