Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

  • Release Date: 2018-08-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 7,265 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon

"Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review

"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--Bustle

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.


  • Kyla’s achievements challenge the suspension of disbelief but make her more lovable

    By waldhaus1
    I had heard the praise for this book and can only say I agree completely. It is both deeply human and moving and mind expanding. While it is a series of flashbacks to an earlier time in South Carolina it portrays many characters in believable detail while maintaining a focus on love of nature and wild things. It never becomes preachy. Instead it remains a compelling story. It even includes an interesting courtroom drama. Kyla the central protagonist is nearly self raised yet she manages to make herself a leading expert on the wildlife of her beloved marsh country. Because she is so endearing the reader routes for her growing abilities and gladly accepts them. They, the author and Kyla, leave me wanting to know more about the marsh country.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing

    By 57lac03
    Honestly, I was a little put off by the title. I thought this was going to be another low country romance novel. However, it is so well written and was a joy to read. Great story and moves at a perfect pace. An amazing story of resilience of human nature! LAC
  • Where the crawdads sing.

    By lightening lasco
    This book was a good light read. I disagree with most reviews regarding the authors descriptive language. I found it tiresome, and a waste of words and time. While the book was good, I could put it down anytime. In fact some evenings I forgot I had a book to read. But I must say.. I LOVE the Marsh Girl!!
  • Title was about the best thing about this book

    By JayKayArba
    Boring. Can’t trust the reviews. I think they were paid to like it.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing

    By Joann Malone
    I think this book may be my favorite in all of my 82 years! So unique and spellbinding. I couldn’t put it down.
  • “I’ve had better”

    By LucyLoney
    This book was a little slow to get into for me. Overall it was a good read, but it just didn’t draw me in the same way other novels have. I also was not a huge fan of the ending...
  • Crawdads sing

    By Martagirl39
    It was a sad and sweet novel, implausible at times, but well done.
  • Where the Crawdad’s Sing

    By Law car
    Excellent Book!
  • Beautiful

    By Molly123B
    Best book I ever read!!!
  • Pure joy

    By 1943mikey
    The finest novel I’ve read in years, and I read a lot! Every word jumped off the page and touched the soul. A must read.