Author Delia Owens uses her expertise as a naturalist to describe the coastal regions of North Carolina intricately, bringing all the creatures of the marshes to life. She describes Kya's journey from being an abandoned child to becoming a grown woman forced to make it on her own, recognizing the longing for companionship with the conflicting need for solitude. The whodunit woven through the novel is compelling, if only because Kya and her supporters are compelling. The sleuthing falls flat and feels anachronistic to the time and place. The Amanda Hamilton poetry seems inserted without cause. On balance, however, it's an easy read that will keep you interested until the last page.
Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a murder, Kya Clark, who has survived alone for years in a marsh near the North Carolina coast, becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.