First Lines Fridays – #11

Hi all!

Welcome to another First Lines Fridays! I’m excited to share my chosen book with you this week – I think some of you should be able to guess it. This is a weekly meme for book lovers to judge a book by its opening lines rather than by its cover, its author or its prestige. I saw this on Mani’s Book Corner but was originally hosted by Wandering Words.


  1. Choose a book from your shelves/ current read.
  2. Open the book to the first page.
  3. Copy the first line on the page, making sure you don’t give away the book title.
  4. Reveal the book.
First Lines:

The morning burned so August-hot, the marsh’s moist breath hung the oaks and pines with fog. The palmetto patches stood unusually quiet except for the low, slow flap of the heron’s wings lifting from the lagoon.

And then, Kya, only six at the time, heard the screen door slap.

Do you recognise which book these captivatingly lyrical words come from?

This week’s book is: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumors 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.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.


I really, really can’t wait to read this book! I’ve finally been able to get my hands on it as a dear friend has lent it to me and I’m having a hard time waiting until I’ve caught up with my ARCs before starting. Have you read it? What were your thoughts on it?


10 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays – #11

  1. YAY! The minute I saw the word marsh I knew exactly what this was going to be. I absolutely loved this book! It’s slow-going but the writing is lyrical and so atmospheric. What Kya experienced was really heartbreaking and I really felt for her character. I really hope you enjoy this one, Jen 😍

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    • Thanks Dini 🙏 I’m not normally one to read literary fiction but this one has captured my heart already. I couldn’t stop reading after the first page! I was only meant to do this post and then read it next week… that plan was blown quickly 😂😂 Jen


    • ME TOO. It’s absolutely divine and full of lyrical prose 💙 I’m not normally someone who likes to read a lot of literary fiction but this one is worth the effort! Jen


  2. Hello my name is Emer and I like to rain on everyone’s parade with my negativity….. I was super underwhelmed by this 🙈🙈🙈 like so super underwhelmed I didn’t even bother writing a review LMAO!!!!! But I’m very much in the minority I know… Just felt a bit bland to me. Too over played and saccharine prose… But lol what do I know cos it’s a bestseller 😂😂😂


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