I inhaled this book! It held my attention to the very end. The writing was excellently descriptive and I felt like I was there in the swamp, riding in the boat or seeing the wildlife with Kya. The brilliant author, Delia Owens, brought me back to the "who done it" mystery from time to time, but also kept filling me with background, history, sights and emotions until I felt I knew Kya and the other characters. The stark portrait of the struggles of this poor young girl and the cruelty of the upper class to this "swamp trash" child was heartbreaking. But I kept pulling for her, praying for others to see past the dirt and grime on her little face. It was a wonderful read!!