I really loved this book written by Delia Owens.
It covered most of my favorite topics I look for in a book: love, heartbreak, murder & mystery! Set mostly in the 60’s, the story follows the life of Kya Clark- also known as the “Marsh Girl.” She’s lived most of the life on the marsh all alone & the people in her small North Carolina town are both scared & intrigued by her.
While most people think the worst of her, two boys in her town are smitten with her. This story explains their unusual connections & how Kya’s past has effected her future relationships. Although Kya has been on her own most of her life, she yearns for the love & companionship of another. Both men show her love in very different ways. Kya finally opens up in ways she never has before & can even imagine what living a “normal” life might be like.
Ultimately, a murder in town is committed & who does everyone blame- the “Marsh Girl” of course. I don’t want to give away too much, but I totally did not see the twist at the end coming. And I love that, when there’s a twist that comes out of nowhere.
Honestly, when I first started this book it was a little slow. I was disappointed because there was a lot of hype about how amazing this book was. But it totally gets better after the first couple of chapters. I promise- just keep reading, don’t give up on this book too early.
This book really attracted me because of this underlying theme of overcoming your past.
Kya had a really rough childhood, but (SPOILER ALERT!) she was able to become a successful author. There is this message of inspiration that I think will really resonate with a lot of people. If you really want something bad enough & are not only willing to work hard but think outside the box- success will come your way. It’s all about staying determined. And also having a great support system. Kya had a few people in her life that believed in her, which I think gave her the strength to want to get an education.
Bottom line: put this book on your TBR lists or go put it in your Amazon cart right now!! So worth it. Or if you are cheap like me- go find it at your local library!