Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the
Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking
coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us
that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all
subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.