Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

  • Release Date: 2018-08-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,120 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.


  • Surprisingly good read

    By 455fgjj
    Many twists and turns. I’m a picky reader and I liked it a lot
  • Wonderful!

    By ajdvhmh
    I haven’t enjoyed a book as much as this one in a long time, an absolute must read!
  • Breathtaking

    By JMABL
    This captivating story, with it’s lyrical prose and detailed description of the wild and living marshland, will make your world disappear.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing

    By boots saddle
    Absolutely great story and writing. Easy to understand how this book was number 1 on the NYT best seller list. Highly recommend.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing

    By PhoebeRae2018
  • Loved this quick, sweet, and interesting read

    By Motorcitymrs
    I really liked how well written this was AND the topic of a girl overcoming such a unique & unimaginable situation. This is a page turner folks, you will enjoy the story & how it unfolds.
  • I really enjoyed this book!

    By Treydaytrey
    I’m not a huge fan of “coming of age” stories, but this was really beautiful. I cared deeply for the complex, multi-layered characters, and the love story was really sweet. The setting was so beautifully detailed, I swear you could smell the salty marshes of NC!
  • Where the Crawdads Sing

    By Gigi Cooper
    This book is a poetic marvel. Just as Kya is the Marsh, so we become immersed in Ms Owen's dense, rich descriptions of the lowlands of North Carolina, the marsh waters and the life that lives in it. Her characters could almost be slightly overdrawn except they become richly familiar and expanded in detail and you know them. And even though I knew where the story was going early on, it did not take anything away from breathing in every word, seeing the beautiful treasures of Kya's collections, feeling her abandonment, and our relish of the final chapter where Ms Owens does not disappoint. I wait for her second novel, and will surely read passages of this one again until then.
  • Wow!

    By bebetweet
    Why isn’t this book number one on The NY Times best seller list? Beautifully written without “over writing” and hauntingly descriptive. Read this, you won’t be sorry!
  • Breathtaking

    By ShannLui
    This is by far, one of the best books I’ve ever read. The murder mystery seems secondary (in the best way) to this coming of age story, featuring a strong female at its center, and written with such detail and beautiful prose. Kya is different, but yet is all of us, and her story holds so many lessons about what it means to be human - and a woman. This book will stay with me forever.