For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens GP Putnam's Sons, 2018 Source: my Own Bookshelf
Where the Crawdads Sing is one of my new favorite books. I absolutely loved it - could NOT put it down. This one isn't overrated at all. I know that some people are unhappy with the ending, but I thought it was perfect - mysterious and thought-provoking. Additionally, I thought the title was perfect. It would have been easy for the publishers to exploit the "Girl" phenomenon (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl on the Train) and called this book The Marsh Girl. I'm so glad that they didn't because it would have cheapened the work. I recommend this to people who enjoyed A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter (another "Girl" title!) and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.