By: Karen Yochim
A post Civil War 1868 Louisiana Swamp murder mystery set on the eve of decades of destruction of the vast Atchafalaya Swamp by Yankee logging companies. Sidonie, a young Acadian woman unravels the mysteries of the mutilated, unrecognizable body retrieved from the swamp, her cousin’s stolen gold coins, and her missing fiancé, Jean Claude. She is aided in her search by a hermit swamper and a traiteur, or Cajun faith healer. Deep in the swamp she learns the long hidden secret of her identity, a stunning revelation that utterly transforms her life.
When I go to author events, I usually take a stroll around to see what other local authors have to offer. It’s no secret that my first love when reading is good books that capture the essence of Cajun Country. So I use these events to find more great stories. Last month, I picked up the book Swamp, by Karen Yochim. I was intrigued with historical aspect of it, as it is set in 1868. When I started reading, I was captivated.
Yochim’s writing style is as haunting and lyrical as the swamp itself. It has a flow that mimics our beloved Atchafalaya, it’s smooth, constant and rich. The swamp even becomes almost a character in the novel, “I smiled at the completeness of the swamp. It needed nothing and lacked for nothing,” much like this novel. This novel needed nothing and lacked for nothing.
Because a character, Jean Claude, has gone missing, I thought this would be more of a mystery. Instead, it was more of a coming of age story for Sidonie. When the novel begins, Sidonie is engaged to Jean Paul. She is a young girl living in her rude sister’s home, daydreaming as she goes about her daily chores. By the end of the book, Sidonie is standing up to her demanding and controlling sister, she has left that home, and even left her arranged engagement. She follows her heart to find love, independence, and a new life that I won’t give away because it would spoil the story.
Definitely a five star read for me!
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