Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Book Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller
More than 4 million copies sold
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

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.

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Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens) Book Reviews

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- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

Excellent book!

- terribld1 star

i think this book was awful.

- Best book ever!5 star

I have read quite a few books and this is easily my favorite. You’ll never expect the twist and turns and it is beautifully written.

- Wonderful tale5 star

I really enjoyed this story, and the writing style.

- Great read, couldn’t put it down!5 star

This book was amazing and I didn’t want this story to end!

- LOVED It!5 star

I’m a huge romance novel reader, (guilty pleasure), and mysteries and this book has both. Not the gross romance. The author does a really good job at painting a picture in your mind of how the place looks, feels and sounds. Just beautifully written. Still think about the characters.

- What a wonderful story!!5 star

LOVED this book! Such a pleasure and a real page-turner. I didn’t want to put it down. I’ll admit, there were a few big surprises in it and I was stunned by a few things. I love how we see the community recognize their collective part in the live(s) of each individual. Beautiful!

- Wonderful read5 star

A coming of age story from a perspective many can’t even imagine, myself included. Would highly recommend!

- Deep and personal.5 star

Often we are reminded of how little we know and understand. And then, as beautiful as life itself, we are gifted with yet another new insight into a world right in front of us. Owens’ Where The Crawdads Sing is just such a gift. This book grabbed me, held me, and touched me in a deep and personal way. The loneliness that lives among us, juxtaposed with the birdsong of life’s beauty, in every crevice of the simple shell to the makings of our justice system. I shall never look at a firefly the same again.

- Great read!5 star

An amazing story about loss, love, and the will to survive, it’s easy to finish the novel very quickly, quite a page turner! Loved following Kya through her story and especially loved all the nature details.

- Loved5 star


- An amazing book5 star

This book tells and amazing story and after starting it I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommend!

- LOVED!5 star

I am not looking forward to finding my next book. This one sets the bar so high!

- Enchanting and lovingly written5 star

Ms. Owens talented writing immerses you in the marsh. Beautiful story.

- Where the crawdads sing4 star

This was a good book. I can’t wait for the movie

- Awesome5 star

This book is very good. Lots of descriptive details but the story line overall keeps you very interested.

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

Loved, loved, loved this book!

- Crawdads Sing???5 star

This was an interesting read although it started a little slow once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. I really did like the book but I also thought it was a little depressing because it seemed as soon as Kya got comfortable with the people in her life they would live her. Then she was alone again.

- Painfully Beautiful5 star

Painfully beautiful is the best description I can give for this book. Absolutely loved it and I hope they come out with a movie about this book!

- Wonderful5 star

Couldn’t put it down. Wonderful story

- Way Out Where The Crawdads Sing5 star

Took me a few tries to get into the book. Definitely slow to start but when you get there, it’s hard to put down. Overall, I enjoyed this beautiful story of a marsh girl.

- Where The Crawdads Sing!5 star

I couldn’t stop reading this book. From the first few pages I was totally enthralled! I loved Kya and was immediately transported into her world! Would like to congratulate this author for this brilliant, exciting book! J. Badley

- Beautiful, Gripping, Brilliant5 star

I’ve never reviewed a book before but I couldn’t not with this. Where The Crawdads Sing was SUCH a good book, the best I’ve read in a long time. By the end of the book you feel like Kya is your friend and it leaves you wanting to explore the North Carolina marshes (or at least watch a nature documentary about them). The writing is refreshing and the ending is unexpected but very well done. I can’t stop telling people about this book!

- Beautiful story and well written!4 star

The story is some compelling and heartfelt. I was originally turned onto this book dude to all the rave reviews and recommendations from blogs I follow, but when I started the book I struggled to get into the story and the characters. Being s murder/ mystery and psycho triller reader I was struggling to keep my interest since the first part of the story develops the characters and their relationships (well written no doubt), but he murder/mystery plot didn’t really get going until the part 2... that was when I couldn’t put the book down! The story is gets you at your heart strings and provides a little something for everyone, romance, love, friendship, hardship, and mystery all wrapped into one fabulous story.

- Nice summer read4 star

A good book I could not put down. Can’t wait to watch the movie.

- Steamed is best5 star

Boiling crab is where they sing, and it sounds tasty

- More Details3 star

This novel started off strong, but the ending was rushed and predictable. Character development was weak, and some ideas seemed forced. I would have enjoyed the story more if it was 50-100 pages longer so I could have those details I’m craving.

- Highly Recommend! *5/5stars*5 star

Loved this book! Highly interesting and well written piece of literature!

- Beautiful5 star

Beautiful story reminding all women of their innocence and inner strength.


Great strong and vulnerable characters. This is a great Novel, beautifully written. I loved it and I could not put it down, it is a page turner and a great story. I highly recommend this novel.

- Kya5 star

Great book, i was very sad at the end.

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

Such a wonderful book!!!

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

One of the best books I have read in a long time. I couldn’t put it down!

- Crawdad sings4 star

Good read. I would have given it a 5 star if the ending hadn’t been so predictable. I very much enjoyed learning about the marshes which are not swamps. Great ecological insights...so few of this wondrous places left. Highly recommend.

- Amazing5 star

Would recommend this to everyone! Love the story line and the twists and turns

- Great read5 star

This story hooked me right from the beginning!

- Why all the hype?1 star

This book was a huge disappointment. I kept waiting and waiting for it to get good and it fell flat. I feel like it could have been so much more and the author was like “whelp, I’m tired of writing this, I’ll just wrap it up here”.

- Hokey3 star

I’m so disappointed to say that I did NOT like this book. I felt like some serious issues were addressed flippantly. It was a good read and an easy read. Otherwise it was unbelievable. It fits the bill for reading for pleasure but don’t expect to be blown away.

- Going to be a classic!5 star

Coming of age twisted with a murder mystery and the beauty of nature. I will read this book again and again.

- Where the Crawdad’s Sing5 star

This book definitely had a slow start. I had gotten about 50 pages in and it took me a week to get that far, I just wasn’t as interested. BUT once I hit about 100 pages in I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what happened next after every chapter. It kept me wanting more, and the ending didn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for romance, suspense, with a little mystery/murder this is the book for you.

- Where The Crawdads Sing5 star

I met Kya, felt concern for her, wanted to be a father for her and grew to love her. Very few stories have that impact. Thank you for this incredible novel.

- Beautiful5 star

On my top 10!

- Excellent5 star

Surprisingly beautiful. Constantly intriguing. Just read it, you won’t regret it.

- Enticing read5 star

Admittedly, this novel doesn’t begin with a full sprint but the gradual build up and discovery of characters and plot is well worth the read. For my personal taste, a pretty large part in this book came off as a bit cliche, but it is not enough to overshadow the other amazing components. Romance combined with survival and growth makes a perfect mix as seen in this read. I would recommend to anyone looking for an intense read with a great twist.

- Thoughtful, beautiful, couldn’t put it down.5 star

An absolutely beautiful story that makes you feel immensely. I couldn’t sleep until I finished it. You will fall in love with the marsh of North Carolina and with Marsh Girl herself.

- Where the crawdad sing5 star

Absolutely fantastic! Highly recommend reading!

- Not great1 star

Characters had no depth, not believable story. Skip it.

- Too bad about the poems4 star

This is a very good book, very entertaining and enjoyable, except for one thing. Scattered throughout the book are poems which are horrible and we later find out were written by the main character. This would be a 5-star book if the poems were decent.

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

Oml!! This has to be hands down one of the BEST books I have ever read! It’a plot twist is amazing and I loved every moment. This book will make you go from crying to shook within ONE page! Amazed and completely drawn to this piece. The ending is absolutely flawless. I applaud everyone helping make this one!♥️

- Sad2 star

Don’t read this book if you want to feel positive. Very sad, few triumphs. A very lonely girl. I regret reading it!

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- Amazing5 star

This book is amazing. I 100% recommended.

- Where the Crawdads Sing3 star

Captivating 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 .

- Heart wrenchingly beautiful5 star

The 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.

- The best!5 star

Loved this book! A must read for everyone, reaches every emotion!

- Perfect5 star

I don’t know anyone who didn’t love this book. Perfect. Can’t wait to read it again in a year or so.

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

I can’t say enough great things about this book. Unreal imagery and characterization. Simply amazing on all fronts.

- Wonderful5 star

A beautifully written, imaginative story that’s never boring.

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

powerful amazing book. Look forward to more

- Amazing story, amazing read!5 star

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!!

- Ca va5 star

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- 5 stars!!5 star

Amazing book! Would recommend 100 times over.

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

Spectacular 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

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

Starts slowly. However last two-thirds are excellent.

- From the spirit5 star

Ms 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.

- Suspenseful!5 star

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.

- Where the crawdads sing5 star

Magic but the last few pages were thrown together

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- Awesome read!!4 star

I couldn’t put it down, finished it in 2 days. This book keeps you emotionally engaged with Kya, her loneliness living in the marsh and her connection with her surroundings. Looking forward to reading more from Delia Owens!

- Seizing and Absolutely Stunning5 star

Words cannot express how I am captured mentally and stunned by this book. I cannot even express my gratitude towards Delia Owens and the creation of this book. It is gorgeous, breathtaking, and will literally make you get so emotional it’s almost hard to keep reading.

- Excellent read.5 star

Uniquely engaging. Holes in the story and illogical leaps are buried under a great story and with interesting characters.

- Beautifully written5 star

Excellent story told with exquisite descriptions of the natural world.

- Love5 star

Good to the last drop! Twists and turns. I don’t read a lot of fiction, but so glad I picked this up!

- Coming soon to a megaplex movie cinema near you!3 star

I guess I prefer the realness of memoirs such a The Glass Castle and Educated, but this book didn’t impact me much. A good read and not a waste of time, but too far to go suspend my disbelief in this novel.

- Amazing story5 star

Amazing book

- Romance dressed as popular book2 star

Firstly, the price is too expensive for an ebook. And why don’t I get the paperback free with the ebook? I couldn’t finish the book. The main character has no personality and mainly serves to be an object of romance for the various males in her life. Somehow Kya lives in extreme poverty and is illiterate, then in her teens is taught to read and later understands Einstein. Somehow even though she is malnourished she grows to be tall, and the author never tires of letting you know how tall everyone is. Some of the book is poetic, and the descriptions of the Marsh were eloquent in some areas. I put the book down about halfway through. From the other reviews, it doesn’t seem like I missed much.

- Where the Crawdads sing5 star

I have no words. This book tackles important topics such as abundance, isolation, discrimination, and most importantly, domestic violence. Most people are afraid of talking about these issues because it makes them uncomfortable. This book breaks the fourth wall and helped to start a conversion about these issues.

- Blissfully painful, painfully blissful.5 star

I’m crushed. I’m humbled. I’m enlightened... Love.

- well written5 star

i was hesitant to read it at first... thought i had to be in a particular mood to enjoy it. boy was i wrong. it’s so well written, that i’d find excuses during my busy day to take a break to continue reading it

- Where the crawdads sing5 star

This book.... wow. I read a chapter here and there, getting more lured in with each page and then it just got to a point where I could not put it down. I went through many emotions reading this story. Sadness, happiness, nostalgia, anxiety, and etc. I’m sad it is over but happy knowing that Reese Witherspoon has plans of her own for this story and I can not wait for that.

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

I literally could NOT put this book down. It’s simply awesome.

- Great book, not so good audiobook5 star

I started with the audio book but wasn’t really liking the voice of Kaya. I switched to reading the book and was instantly hooked! I’m glad I didn’t give up on this book. Kaya’s feelings and experiences were so raw and relatable.

- Amazing story5 star

I wast expecting this novel to be as good as it was. But I could not put if down!

- LOVED5 star


- Amazing5 star

This book didn’t take me in from the first page but Kya sure did. I wanted to know more about her story and her families history but what I got was even more than I could have expected. I finished this book in 3 days. It was spellbinding.

- AMAZING!5 star

I couldn’t put it down. Absolutely loved it!

- Best book of the year!5 star

This book had all the aspects of a perfect book. Mystery, Romance, Suspense, you name it. I was hesitant to read it after reading the summary but so glad I gave this book a chance.

- Best book I’ve read in years!5 star

Couldn’t put it down! This book is loaded with beautiful imagery and twists and turns you never saw coming. Must read.

- A slow build5 star

This book didn’t grab me at first. I couldn’t get into the characters and the pace of it, so after a few chapters, I put it down. After hearing more and more friends comment on how good it was, I thought, “OK, let’s give it another try”. I’m glad I did. It’s a coming-of-age but with a different feel. The story builds slowly, to a great and interesting ending. Overall, a very good read and excellent tale.

- Amazing book5 star

This book started off slow, but I ended up wishing it would never end! Heartbreakingly beautiful.

- One of the best novels of the year5 star

Truly spectacular! Worth the hype!

- Amazing & Powerful!!!5 star

What an amazing book! It is very powerfully written. It took me through such a range of emotions, I am still reeling from them. I can’t recommend this book enough! I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

- beautifully written5 star

finished this book quickly & was one of those i felt very satisfyied with. just a quick, beautiful VERY descriptive tale in which i can see it becoming a film in the near future

- Great!4 star

Some parts were slow, but this is such a great book. It’s a tear jerker and a page turner. I really enjoyed the story from beginning to end. It’s a tale of great love and loss.

- Good not great4 star

The second half is great, the first half is slow. Overall good read

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

I resisted this book for quite the while. The description sounded depressing, the title quite peculiar (don’t judge a book by its...) but then a member of my book club selected this novel all while raving over how good a read it was. I became a captive audience... and then a captivated reader and subsequently HUGE promoter of Where the Crawdads Sing. The intriguing mystery, while a prominent plot line, is shored up with fascinating character development and themes of kindness, perseverance, family, destiny and passion. A true page turner!

- Loved it!5 star

Thought provoking, emotional and raw!

- Excellent, fast easy read5 star

I really enjoyed this book. She made an implausible plot line seem believable, and you really rooted for Kya throughout the story.

- Where the Crawdads sing5 star

Wasn’t sure at first. My wife and I were looking for something to read together and she found this one with good reviews. It turned out to be a great story and I would recommend it. It’s has no problem pulling the reader in with great story telling!

- Unforgettable5 star

One of the G.O.A.T

- Up there with The Goldfinch5 star

Amazing, nuanced and murky...

- Fabulous5 star

I don't do a lot of fiction reading except for when I go on vacations. I love a book I can't put down. This one was incredible. Loved every minute of it. One of my favorite books ever.

- Perfect.5 star

Great and easy read.

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

Your senses tell you to continue reading .It fills you up and you are right there with story unfolding . Loved it ,Peter upstate New York.pedocorr

- Weird2 star

It’s magical realism that isn’t magical.

- Unforgettable5 star

I could not put this book down. I loved everything about it, and was sad when it was over. This one has been added to “my all time favorite books” list.

- One of a kind novel for the nature loving soul5 star

Where the Crawdads Sing is without a doubt one of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read. The author bring you into a sacred time and place where nature and mankind embrace in harmony.

- Review5 star

I bought the physical book having no idea what it was about and I looked every second of it. The statement is true were “I didn’t want it to end” is actually what I thought when I finished the book. 8.7/10

- Wow!5 star

Great read. Ending was awesome & surprising! Loved the description in this book. My imagination ran wild and I could picture everything so clearly!! Author does great job with letting you into Kya’s mind. Only slight negative is the uneven sometimes awkward pace of the book. I felt some parts were drug on while others were wrapped up too quickly. Otherwise I absolutely loved it!!

- Amazing.5 star

An absolutely brilliant novel.

- Excellent book!5 star

This story had me captivated. I didn’t want the story to end. Hopefully Delia writes more. This is a must read!!

- Where the crawdads sing1 star

I don’t get the buzz. I thought it badly written and somewhat pointless. A waste of time.

- Fantastic book!5 star

Fantastic book, well worth reading!

- Where the Crawdads Sing - Excellent Read!5 star

I loved this book. The sights, sounds, & smells were vivid. The story pulled me right into the North Carolina marsh. I did not want to put the book down.

- Good book5 star

One I could not put down.

- Beautifully Written5 star

And the ending will surprise you!!

- Where The Crawdads Sing5 star

Beautifully written. Loved it.

- Work of art5 star

I went into this book unsure of how well I would be able to relate to it as I am not female, not from the south, and certainly don’t have any particular affinity for the Carolina marshes and swamps. That being said, this was by FAR my favorite read of the year, possibly ever. The author writes with an uncanny ability to transport the reader so completely she’ll leave you “talkin’ with a mouth full of magnolias” after only an hour or two of reading. I can not recommend this book enough. Truly a work of art.

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