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Where the Crawdad Sings

Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens

Synopsis - For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.
But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens.

Thoughts - This was such a beautiful story. A coming of age tale of being abandoned, loneliness and survival. I really can't say much more. It's a must read for sure. Kya is a character we should only be able to meet and love. 

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

Synopsis - Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world—all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.
Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley—afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.
Eudora is reminded of her own childhood—of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead. But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?       

Thoughts - This was a perfectly fine book. I was pulled in by that characters name, how unique and beautiful is Eudora Honeysett. But it reminded me too much of The Love Story of Missy Carmichael and other books that follow the grumpy old person keeps to themselves and then they meet someone who reintroduces them to the joy of living. I will say Eudora had a better back story than Missy. So if you must choose between the two I might lean towards Eudora a smidge more. I have decided to steer clear of such books for a while.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Synopsis - Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home.
Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever…

Thoughts - This is my 8th Karin Slaughter book. There is no other author I have read this much. This is the first book I have read of hers that was not part of the Will Trent series. She is the master of horrific crimes, she was aptly named, yes that is her real name. But this is the first book of hers where there wasn't a ticking clock to solve the crime. The crime was already committed and the book deals with the affects it has on a family, how it shapes your life. And then what happens when another horrific crime takes place so close to home.. While I missed the ticking clock aspect of her books.. I still really enjoyed this one. It was more character driven and I liked almost all of the main characters.

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29 comments:

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Thanks for sharing. I loved Where The Crawdads Sing!

Jennifer said...

These all sound great! Where Does The Crawdad Sing has been on my list for awhile!

Jennifer
Curated By Jennifer

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Everyone I know who has read "Crawdads" has absolutely loved it! Perhaps I should read it too and get on the bandwagon!

Samantha@WLABB said...

I feel like the only person who hasn't read Crawdads. It does seem to get praise from everyone though. Glad you enjoyed it.

Kathrine Eldridge said...

I have heard nothing but good things about Where the Crawdads Sing. I need to read soon!

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Rach said...

I feel like I'm the only person who hasn't read Where the Crawdads sing. I might need to add it to my list soon!

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I read Where the Crawdad Sings last year and really enjoyed it as well.

Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom said...

Where the Crawdads Sing is SO, so good! That has been one of my favorite books I've read lately.

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

Polyester Princess said...

Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens sounds really my cup of tea, so I'm certainly going to check it out. The second book sounds like the perfect feel-good read. I'm not really into crime fiction, so I haven't read any Karin Slaughter to date. I might be missing something, if this is the 8th book of hers you've read, though. xxx

Elephant's Child said...

I really liked Where the Crawdads sing and am a big fan of Karin Slaughter. I think I like the Will Trent series best, but will read any of her books with pleasure.

Debbie said...

i sent this to my good friend who loves to read, she is going to follow you.

she read the first one and said "i loved that one"!!! i wish i could read and remember what i read!!

Debbie said...

and yes, the halloween/pumpkin/light show was at skylands stadium!!!

Kelly said...

My bookclub read the Crawdads novel and even though most of us were entertained by it, we also picked it apart. There were enough things that just didn't ring true which kept many of us from loving it like most folks.

The Karin Slaughter books sounds really good.

Laura B said...

I read Where the Crawdads Sing a while back too and loved it! Glad you liked it too!

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

Thank you so much for these Hena. I needed some new options and I've heard great things about Crawdads!!
XOOX
Jodie
www.jtouchofstyle.com

Billie Jo said...

Thank you!
I am a voracious reader, and cannot keep enough books on my nightstand. Your last one looks like a good one!

Veronica Lee said...

These all sound fantastic, Hena.

Thanks for the recommendations!

awhite said...

Need to add Where the Crawdads Sing to my list!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Emmylou said...

These all sounds like a good read for sure! I am really intrigued by that Where The Crawdads Sing the most though....thanks for the reviews, Hena:)

Red Rose Alley said...

Where The Crawdads Sing sounds like a good book. I'll have to remember that one the next time I'm at Barnes and Noble. Oh, how I miss going there and even browsing through the delightful children's books.

Have a good week. Thanks for sharing your books with us.

~Sheri

karen said...

Crawdads book was for me the perfectly crafted atmospheric book that had a surprise ending that I did not expect at all. What a joy it was to get lost in that novel.

Sparkles and Lattes said...

I have read a lot of Karin Slaughter books, but I don't think I have read this one. I will add it to my lkist!

Amy Johnson said...

the first two books sound right up my alley, the third, sounds too scary for me. Thanks for the great reviews!

Paola Lauretano said...

The Crawdads book sounds so interesting!

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Jeanie said...

I love seeing peoples' book lists and this has some good ones to consider. If you are on your eighth Slaughter book, that says something important!

Dids F. said...

I miss reading. Having a slump for a while now!
Reading your reviews here might spark something in me hahaha. Loving it!

Mica said...

It's a shame that you didn't enjoy the second book as it sounds promising! the last one isn't my kind of book though - I'm not good with violence or crime books, I prefer lighter reads :)

Hope that you are having a good week! :)

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Stefanie said...

I like those books where the paths of different generations cross and they end up touching each other's lives in ways.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

Thanks for sharing. Where the Crawdads Sing was a great read for me as well.

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