For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
I adored this book, another of my top 5 all time favourite books.
I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. Owens brings you on a journey of self discovery like no other and also puts a huge amount into perspective for you. Growing up in a house with a loving family could be far from reality for many people and Kya not only gradually loses her family but excels in her journey from a parent-less child in a marsh, to Marsh Girl and beyond.
I would love to forget this book and read it again, it's that good! From the characters to the overall writing, it's just glorious.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.'
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Kya, I loved the development of her character throughout the whole book.