Delia Owens

What an enrapturing story from the beginning! A young girl is left to fend for herself in the marshes near a small fishing town—no family, no formal education, almost no one but herself to figure out how to survive. She can survive in solitude but yearns for human contact and love and struggles to find it in an unwelcoming town, then later becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the well-known and popular man who scorned her.


Whenever I think of someone surviving in isolation or begin shunned from society, this book pops into my mind, as it does when I hear about someone who’s brave enough to overcome fears and venture out into the world, or when I hear about a strange small-town murder mystery. There’s just so much in this book to feel, to uncover, to learn, to hate—one thing you won’t be is indifferent.


            “She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn’t her fault she’d been alone. Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”