Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Rachael Hargis, Staff Writer

This is a novel that encompasses many genres into one. Not only is it realistic fiction, but it is also, historical fiction, a mystery, and a thriller as well. The story delves into the past the of protagonist, Kya, as she goes through the ups and downs (mostly downs) of her childhood. Being abandoned by her family in 1952 at the age of 6, Kya has to learn how to fend for herself. As she matures, she faces the harsh reality of the discriminatory, prejudiced society she happens to live in. Later on, the plot thickens when news of a local murder circulates…and she is one of the suspects.  Overall, this book is very interesting and suspenseful, so I would give it a 9/10.