As far as book settings go, I tend love beachy novels the most, So while I'd heard of this book, it didn't initially catch my eye because it's set in the Southern marshlands. Was I glad I gave the marshes a chance? Read on.
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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is described here by Amazon:
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...