Where the Crawdads SingDelia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Book Summary

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 15 million copies sold, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”

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.

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.

Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens) Book Reviews

Good readEvery good read. I saw the movie 1st then read the book. Book was way better.Score: 5/5

Changed Everything, absolutely incredible.One of the best books I’ve ever read. Beautifully romantic, but also heartbreaking with a twist of mystery. You will not regret reading this masterpiece..Score: 5/5

Must readKept me wanting to continually read..Score: 5/5

CaptivatingA must read!.Score: 5/5

Love it! Interesting from start to finishI love a good mystery and love story, especially if it takes place in North Carolina! This did not disappoint..Score: 5/5

RivetingI read this after I saw the movie. A riveting tale hard to put down..Score: 5/5

So goodI read this book in 2 days ! This isn’t normally something I’d choose to read but I really enjoyed it! Very good emotional story! Would definitely recommend..Score: 4/5

Excellent reading.The author keeps you riveted in the marsh with such beautiful detailed descriptions-of the significance of every single organism, of animals and the human characters as portrayed through the eyes of this gifted author..Score: 5/5

AmazingCould not put down. The life and imagery brought in by each paragraph gave way to a surreal world that is unbiased and raw. As some may believe there is rasicm, I will clearly state there is none. This book tells the story honestly within the time as to not shatter the imagery. The rasicm viewed is the reality of that time, not of the author. It is because she bravely and respectfully included historically accurate views and language that the story continued to flow so fluidly. A true work of art that puts the reader in a melancholy yet introspective view of themselves and others around them. Thank you..Score: 5/5

Where The Crawdads SingSaw the movie first. Had to get the book. Couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

ExceptionalAmazing! Brought me to tears..Score: 5/5

The best I’ve ever read!This book is so incredible that I have a hangover from it. It’s so beautiful written and keeps you thinking about it after! It’s those books that when you’re done with it you don’t even know what to read next because other books don’t live up to the detail, characters or words. I’ve started two books already from great authors and it just doesn’t grab you like this book or I think about crawdads as I’m reading the new ones. It’s so incredible. 5 star all around!.Score: 5/5

Very good read.Couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Starts slow but greatIt’s slow in the begging, I had a hard time staying engaged. But I kept going to see what all the hype was about and it was worth it. Great read!.Score: 5/5

A phenomenal readBeautiful..amazing..could not put this book down. Touched me dearly..Score: 5/5

Good peaceful bookIt is a slow book, but it stays and once you get to the end the rereads only get better..Score: 5/5

AmazingLoved this book.Score: 5/5

Slowly builds upInteresting and raw story that leaves you thinking in deeper waters.Score: 4/5

There are no words….I could not put this book down! I will definitely be reading this over and over again..Score: 5/5

BeautifulAchingly beautiful page turner.Score: 5/5

AmazingGreat book. Would totally recommend.Score: 5/5

A truly captivating read. you really become fond of Kya.I would recommend this book to any reader..Score: 5/5

What a Wonderful BookThis was a touching story that I really enjoyed!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!Great book! Can’t wait to see the movie and be able to know what’s going through the characters minds..Score: 5/5

OverratedThis must be the most overrated book I’ve ever read..Score: 1/5

Loved itAbsolutely an amazing read. You won’t want to put it down..Score: 5/5

Excellent readYou become totally engrossed in the life of Kya and it’s hard to put this book down!.Score: 5/5

AmazingCan’t find a better book! Hope there will be more like this!.Score: 5/5

WowHonestly best book I’ve ever read.Score: 5/5

BoringThis book was an easy read however, it was so boring. The ending was definitely a twist but you can almost guess what happens halfway through the book! I was disappointed because this book is such good reviews. I liked the storyline and the characters but there was too much fluff..Score: 3/5

Where the Crawdads SingGreat story. Delia painted wonderful descriptions. Characters were believable beginning to end. Very highly recommend.Score: 5/5

Perfect for this storyI loved the honesty and mystery in this story. More enthusiasm with each page, all of the way…to the end of the story..Score: 5/5

4 StarsThis one surprised me a little, which is why I gave it 4/5 stars. Before the ending, I was considering 3-3.5, but I have to give the author more credit than that because I feel that it’s difficult to actually surprise a reader or include a good twist without us guessing it too soon. It reminded me a lot of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, which may have been purposeful. Many things about the townspeople, and especially the trial, were reminiscent of that book in my opinion. I would recommend it. There were many good things. I found myself reading it every free second I got once I reached the meat of the book..Score: 4/5

Amazing!!Amazing book from beginning to end! Filled with mystery, suspense, and romance!.Score: 5/5

5 starsI loved this book. I enjoyed the details of all things nature. Really helped paint the picture in my head. The last chapter has got to be my favorite part. Was not expecting it. I have yet to see the movie but I hear great things about that too..Score: 5/5

AmazingAmazing book could slightly be better.Score: 4/5

BeautifulLove this story. A beautiful & poignant story. Great sadness but the spirit & courage is stronger than anything. I loved this book. I rarely enjoy the movie but this one actually was very good..Score: 5/5

Must readSimply amazing and stunningly written. Your heart is captivated from the first word to the last word written..Score: 5/5

Amazing book’. Kept me involved thru the entire story’.Congrats to the author!.Score: 5/5

Fabulous readingThe best. Can’t wait for the movie..Score: 5/5

Fantastic Book… Read before watchingOne of the best books I have ever read. I’m so glad I read it before seeing the movie. Great movie too but so much more beautiful detail in the book!.Score: 5/5

Had me till the endThe ending?!? Really.Score: 3/5

Contentment and success in life strugglesThe book bought to life the magnificent of Gods world. The sadness that children go through in life because of their parent mishap and selfishness. This allowed the world to envision struggles can be the beginning of success. What I liked most of the book was the bravery and innocence portrayed by Kya..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down!People had been recommending this book for years and I finally got around to reading it, and wish I had much sooner. A beautiful read, beautiful writing, and wonderful attention to detail!.Score: 5/5

Loved this bookSuspenseful and Romantic.Score: 5/5

Just okayNot a fan of “love stories.”.Score: 2/5

A once in a lifetime novelNo one word can describe this book. I can humbly only say, “OUTSTANDING “ John Rahn.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put this book down!Great story of hardship, love and self discovery. Throughly enjoyed!.Score: 5/5

Incredible read!Absolutely absorbs you..Score: 5/5

Great read, couldn’t put down!Captivating from the beginning with a wonderful final twist. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

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Summer delightBeautifully written a pleasure to read..Score: 5/5

5 stars!!Amazing book! Would recommend 100 times over..Score: 5/5

Where the Crawdads SingPowerful amazing book. Look forward to more.Score: 5/5

READ THIS BOOK!!I LOVED this book! At first I felt like it wouldn’t be as good as some of the reviews said but by the time you finish it, the entire book is pulled together and it is so well written. I loved the characters and the storyline..Score: 5/5

Where crawdads singWonderful story, the land and the people described beautifully ... couldn’t put it down.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis book is amazing. I 100% recommended..Score: 5/5

Loved itWell written. Fell in love with so many of the characters. Was sad when it was done..Score: 5/5

Where the Crawdad SingThis book captured me in the first few pages. Absolutely riveting and spell bound every page thereafter!! Until the very last page....did not see this ending coming! Beautiful, thank you!.Score: 5/5

<3This author unleashed all the feelings I needed to feel.Score: 5/5

Beautiful story, lovely to read!Amazing story for winding down. Really connected to the main character Kya. What a life..Score: 5/5

The best!Loved this book! A must read for everyone, reaches every emotion!.Score: 5/5

Most beautifully and vividly written story of love and acceptance.One of the best, if not the BEST story I have ever read. Your senses will be heightened as you see, smell, feel, hear and learn of the inhabitance of the coastal waters of North Carolina in 1969, from the perspective of a female raised lonely and alone from the tender age of 6. The author’s poetically woven words will captivate you. You will empathize with the one girl no one showed empathy for, other than Jumpin’, his wife Mabel, brother Jodie, and true love, Tate. Through love and betrayal The Marsh Girl goes from being the dirty monster everyone rejected to legend and loved by the locals of Barkley Cove. Nothing is ever too far away to be able to change and this book teaches that change and love sometimes come at a price but love and forgiveness and acceptance in the end are all that matter..Score: 5/5

Excellent!Loved this book..Score: 5/5

Beautiful storyOne of the best books I’ve ever read.Score: 5/5

BrilliantBrilliant book. Truly enjoyed it.Score: 5/5

Love love love!One of the best books I’ve read in a really long time..Score: 5/5

Where the crawdads singMagic but the last few pages were thrown together.Score: 5/5

ExcellentI in all honesty could not put this book down. The best book I have read in years. A must read. You won’t be sorry.Score: 5/5

AwesomeSuch a gripping story and keeps you reading all day long! Should be made into a movie:).Score: 5/5

That was sooooo good!Thank you Delia for putting this story out into the world..Score: 5/5

Where the Crawdads SingStarts slowly. However last two-thirds are excellent..Score: 5/5

A favouriteSo good!.Score: 5/5

Great readCaptivatingly woven tale of loss, loneliness and nature’s solace and guidance..Score: 5/5

As murky, marvellous and misunderstood as the marsh itselfAn incredible story about survival that, at times sways towards the incredulous. The pity, pride and love we feel for this little rag-a-muffin turns into reproachful worrying as she grows up. When Kya becomes a woman, the story takes a turn straight into a harlequin romance novel and then straight into an old fashioned whodunnit. It is, first and foremost a tale about prejudice, but not in the traditional sense of racial inequality. It is about abuse brought on by personal torment. It is about finding solace and beauty when you have nothing else. It is about finding your soul and keeping your sanity, in the written word..Score: 4/5

Kept me interested the whole way throughThis was the first book I read in years come highly recommended from my family and man it did not disappoint..Score: 5/5

Great StoryFantastic read.Score: 5/5

Where the Crawdads SingExtremely well written with the push and pull of the power of words magically sewn into each paragraph. The best magnetic pull to a book that I have had in quite some time….. I did not want this book to end……thank you Delia Owens. Carol Reichert Southampton Beach town, Canada.Score: 5/5

LoveThis was an excellent read. This is one of those books you feel you’re actually in as you read it. Wholeheartedly recommend it..Score: 5/5

Well written memorable storyI read this book in two days…unforgettable characters and I learned some amazing things about nature. This story will stick with you..Score: 5/5

Suspenseful!What a great book! Was a little slow to start but it picked up pace and by the end I could not put it down! The story is enthralling and descriptive and had a fantastic ending..Score: 5/5

Where the Crawdads SingI can’t say enough great things about this book. Unreal imagery and characterization. Simply amazing on all fronts..Score: 5/5

PerfectI don’t know anyone who didn’t love this book. Perfect. Can’t wait to read it again in a year or so..Score: 5/5

Great book, must read.Really good book.Score: 5/5

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Wow!I love the way this book was written. It felt like I was there. All the scents and colours came to life as if the main character was alive. A great read, I could not put it down!.Score: 5/5

Where the Crawdads SingCaptivating tale of a relationship with the earth and man told thru the eyes of an author with science creds. and a gift for writing. The descriptive passages and imagery soar and take you into the heart of the marshlands with characters that are alive and rich ..Score: 3/5

Addictive Page Turning Emotional rollercoasterI got this book as a gift, and although not a genre or book I would pick out myself. Owens quickly appealed to the feminist in me with her story about a young poor girl in southern states enduring abandonment, poverty and rejection and social isolation and yet is able to thrive and navigate ugliness in her life with grace and tenacity for surviving in her mash. With each roadblock Kya encounters, the more the reader becomes ensnared by novel. Kya’s determination and perseverance in the face of social and emotional trauma is inspiring but do not read if you are afraid to cry or fear becoming emotionally invested in the narrative..Score: 5/5

Where the Crawdads SingAmazing!!!.Score: 5/5

Heart wrenchingly beautifulThe author does an incredible job of painting the most gorgeous picture of the marsh lands and sea. This book made me gasp, cry, smile. Amazing..Score: 5/5

Amazing story, amazing read!I totally fell in love with this book, with the characters, and storyline! I could not put it down. You know it’s a great book when you think of the characters when you’re not even reading the book. I have already recommended this book to several people. Would make a great movie!!.Score: 5/5

WonderfulA beautifully written, imaginative story that’s never boring..Score: 5/5

Where the Crawdads SingSpectacular read! Fell in love with the main character, and could've been right there with her the way this was written. Hoping for this author to write more books.Score: 5/5

From the spiritMs Owens writes in an easy style that exposes her spirit. The story is more intriguing than it is exciting. It speaks to life in the purest. I completed the read in three days and now feel like I have lost a good friend..Score: 5/5

Wow!I have never been a reader but I decided I wanted to become one as I do really enjoy reading! I follow this girl on Instagram that claimed this book was one of her now favourites out of tons of books she’s already read so I decided this would be my first book to start my reading journey! I was not disappointed this book is absolutely amazing and only took me 6 days to read I could not put it down! I love Kya’s character and could not imagine having to live the life she did and be nearly as happy and successful as she became! This book is a love story, true crime, and nature loving book all in one and could not have been written any better I would recommend this book to anyone who has every though of reading it! 10/10 🥰.Score: 5/5

Where the crawdads singSuch an incredibly told tale … beautifully written and so compelling I couldn’t put it down. I’m sad I finished this book. It will be difficult to get Kya out of my mind. I think I’ll keep her with me for awhile. I loved this book … I devoured it..Score: 5/5

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