ningerbil wrote in 50bookchallenge

Book 19 (I think...) Where the Crawdads Sing

Somehow I got off count, not sure how or where...

Anywho...

19. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. This was the November pick for my book club. All in all, I did like it. The story kept me engaged. It has a bit of everything- a bit of romance, a bit of history, a bit of science, a bit of psychology, and a lot of mystery. The biggest strength I think is in the whodunit- the story keeps you guessing until the last two pages. There are two different timelines that connect at the end, with much of the tale centering on Kya, nicknamed The Marsh Girl by the local town residents. The second part of the story, the present time in 1969 and 1970, involves the local sheriff trying to solve the mystery of the death of a popular former football player. Kya is a great character, believable given all she has gone through. She makes her mistakes and is flawed, but her actions and decisions are understandable.

All in all the story holds together pretty well and is a good debut book for the author. It's not perfect, it needed a better editor, but my complaints are more polishing issues. A pet peeve of mine is having much of a chapter being told from the point of view of one character, but then switching back and forth between other characters point of view. This is sloppy; there are better ways to handle what other characters around the main POV character of the chapter are thinking without getting directly into their heads. Also, I wasn't happy with how the sheriff was handled- a pretty decent guy who was doing the best he could and working methodically, but is written off as incompetent at the end. I thought that a bit dismissive and unfair, given his measured actions and careful demeanor. 

Currently reading Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi

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