Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
In the marshes of North Carolina, a girl lives, abandoned by most of her family. She raises herself and avoids most people, and has become a mysterious legend in the nearby community. But when a man is found dead, the police need to figure out if Kya is to blame.
I loved this so much. The way Owens describes the marsh and Kya’s life is stunning, and while her existence is heartbreaking, there’s still a sense of hope and possibility.