This was a book I picked up very recently. It was all because of the good reviews I had seen on Instagram so I thought I would give it a go
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.
But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life’s lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live 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.
I have to say I ended up really enjoying this book. At the beginning I felt like it was quite slow and I really didn’t like Kya but as the story progressed and you find out more about her you start to understand her strength and her independence which keeps her alive. By the end I was actually holding my breath in anticipation of what would happen.
One thing I do love is a good twist and this book definitely had that. I thought I knew what was going to happen and who had killed Chase and boy was I wrong. By the halfway point you were really cheering on Kya and hoping for the best for her.
The overall writing style for this novel was beautiful, at times I felt it was almost prosaic in the way she described the marshes of North Carolina and the day to day life there. The scene setting was fantastic and gave the reader a clear image of the locations, and the character development was very well done and cleverly written.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a great novel, once I was hooked it wouldn’t let me go until the end.
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