Top critical review
It is a story of survival amid loss, prejudice and loneliness. Thoughtful writing and a good plot.
14 January 2019
The title caught my eye as it was nominated for the Best Historical Fiction category on Goodreads.
The book is written in a style that goes back and forth in time to cover the life of Kya Clark, a girl, who is abandoned by her family when very young. The book also has a murder mystery running through the story.
The author manages to evoke a range of emotions in the reader. On one hand, we are emotionally invested in Kya and her life story which spans from childhood to maturity. We root for her, we cry with her, we rejoice in her victories. The other characters she encounters are equally engaging. There are some who ridicule and judge her and think of her as not an equal. And there are others in whom she finds love and kindness.
On the other hand, the mystery, the ongoing investigation and finally the courtroom scenes keep you as intrigued and excited as a mystery book would.
What stands out also, is the description of the Marsh and nature and all that it means to Kya. The family and then Kya, live on the outskirts of town, in the Marsh. The various elements that make up her surroundings play an important part in her upbringing and they are beautifully and vividly described. This comes as no surprise as the author is a wildlife scientist and has won an award for Nature Writing.
Overall it is a story of survival amid loss, prejudice and loneliness. It is not overly sad but has sweet and fun moments as well. You are hooked enough to want to know what comes next. A good read if you are looking for thoughtful writing and a good plot. Not life changing, but worth a read.