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374 pages, Paperback
First published August 14, 2018
“I’m hungry. Let’s go by the diner on the way out there.”Why not just, “I’m hungry,” and cut to the wonderful description of the Barkley Cove Diner and the scene of people gossiping about the crime?
“Well, get ready for an ambush. Everybody in town’s pretty riled up. Chase Andrew’s murder’s the biggest thing’s happened ’round here, maybe ever. Gossip’s goin’ up like smoke signals.”
“Well, keep an ear out. We might pick up a tidbit or two. Most ne’er-do-wells can’t keep their mouths shut.”(61)
Waves slammed one another, awash in their own white saliva, breaking apart on the shore with loud booms— energy searching for a beachhead. Then they flattened into quiet tongues of foam, waiting for the next surge.
Kya Clark - the Marsh Girl - led a lonely life.
There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.
Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.And so Kya learns to love and live by herself.
Most of what she knew, she'd learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.And as she grew, so did her curiosity.
She could read anything now, he said, and once you can read anything you can learn everything. It was up to her.Since she could read and write, and she had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, she did the only logical thing - she taught herself.
I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.But then, Chase Andrews, winds up dead. Kya Clark, now an adult, is the prime suspect.