by Delia Owens
I had to listen to this book because the waiting list for the hard copy was so long and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I kept trying to find excuses to be alone, drive, do chores–anything– so I could listen some more. Owen’s writing style is incredible. The way she puts words together to create images and melodies just made me go back and rewind passages so I could hear her writing one more time. The story she tells is a fantastic one as well. A young girl is left alone on a marsh with her abusive and alcoholic father until he, too, leaves her to fend for herself at the age of ten. She survives on her own, shunned by the townspeople, helped only by a black man and his wife who are also shunned due to segregation and racism, and her one friend, Tate. She becomes the prime suspect in a murder trial of the town’s golden boy and the story that goes into solving his murder, her life, and the trial, is one that is absolutely riveting. I highly recommend this book!