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Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing


Delia Owens


Unfortunately, this was not for me at all! I think I had an intuition it would not be, which is why it took me so long to pick it up, but the rave reviews had me hoping I would be wrong. The story was very meager on plot, in my opinion, and the plot the pages did contain was not original. Nothing in the story came as a surprise. But I am not a plot driven reader, so if the characters had been engaging or imaginative, I could have absolutely loved this book. However, for me, they were not. I felt they were caricatures and the dialogue painful at times. The book could have been called "Where the Cliches Sing". I don't like it when authors try to force readers to sympathize with their protagonists by making every awful thing that could happen to them happen. It's an unimaginative tool, in my opinion at least. If you're looking for an outstanding coming-of-age type of story with characters in difficult circumstances, try The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. I'm sorry to write a negative review because I know so much work and attention goes into writing and publishing a book, but I was disappointed, given how much positive attention this book received. I often feel let down by bestsellers. Perhaps my expectations are too high for them. In any case, if you decide to pick this one up, I hope you are among the majority who loved it. Sadly, this was not the case for me