Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Book Summary

More than 6 million copies sold
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade 

"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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- Honestly ...meh2 star

The story started off strong. Character development and story development was beautiful. But to be honest, the plot took several unnecessary turns, the dialogue was mediocre, forced, and at times laughable. The end also trailed off quite a bit. I felt the story was over but the book kept going on and on in a very uninteresting way. The idea behind the story line was great but ultimately I feel it was poorly executed.

- Must read5 star

Such a great book, I’m so sad I finished it !

- Great book!5 star

Really enjoyed this book! Keeps you interested until the end. Highly recommend.

- Amazingggg5 star

Just simply amazing one of the best books I have ever read through and through

- Haunting & Fearless4 star

I enjoyed how beautifully a life can become from such sorrow and depths of misunderstandings. Brave, self sufficient, captivated by Nature, and shown small inklings of kindness, our wild heroine makes believers of us all in what we can overcome, and sometimes the tragic lengths we will go to achieve peaceful twilight years.

- good.5 star


- Inspiring strength in the soul...5 star

LOVED this read!! A reminder of the strength we all carry...

- Amazing!5 star

I absolutely loved this book, from the characters, the story and descriptions of the area, to the deep southern dialect! It drew you into the story and the surroundings and didn’t let you go until the very last line! Such a great read!

- Spellbinding. Heartrending.5 star

Did not want to put the book down. The marsh and its inhabitants were brought to life with all its beauty and joy. One cannot help loving and rooting for Kya throughout. Just read it!

- Amazing5 star

Such a great book! Could not put it down! Read it in 3 days!

- Disappointing1 star

What a strong start to a story with a lot of beautiful descriptions of nature that fell apart midway through..... The plot deteriorated as the author hurried through to show the character’s brief triumph & the plot suddenly devolves into an unbelievable murder mystery with a predictable & unsatisfying ending.

- Love this book!5 star

The way the author describes the characters and settings pulls you in and makes you fall in love with this story. Loved it!

- Amazing5 star

My now favorite book. Amazing.

- Must read5 star

What an incredible book!

- Loved it!4 star

Started off a bit slow but so worth the read!!

- Surprise5 star

Was skeptical before reading and even once I started...however I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Made me think a lot about isolation and being devoid of connections...as many of us are now in the pandemic. Worth the read.

- Truly amazing5 star

This book caught my heart and I was laughing and crying until the very end! So well written and clever.

- Simply the best book5 star

This is by far the best book that I’ve read this year, maybe the best book I’ve ever read. I could not put it down. I cannot wait until they make a movie based on this book.

- Where The Crawdads Sing4 star

A spellbinding story intertwined with a lovely description of the North Carolina coastal marshes. Some the the description/metaphors were a bit awkwardly written and as a long time resident of the South Carolina “Lowcountry”, the descriptions were not quite on target. However following the young Kya’s journey through life was a wonderful tale and my eyes were moist as the tale came an end although the little discovery at the very end was faintly unsatisfying and hurt my heroine image of this remarkable young woman, Kya.

- Truly Spectacular5 star

Could not keep a dry eye, this book moved me. Every chapter captivated me, very well written!!

- One of my favorite4 star

This is in my top 5 books for 2020. A great read and so well written! I truly enjoyed reading this book.

- Beautiful5 star

The world needs more stories like this; stories of the grit of survival, heart tender under a fragile shell of hardness, poetic justice of sweet sweet Sister Karma and the beauty of our amazing planet. This will be a classic in my library to be revisited often as comforting as creamy grits and hot biscuits.

- Riveting5 star

This book is phenomenally written. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and sad but nonetheless it was worth every page turn. I would have loved for Kya and Tate to have a family but I guess nothing fully good happens to her only partially. Still a great book.

- Excellent Read!5 star

I had started reading this over a year ago and couldn’t get into it at the time. I am so glad I picked it up again! Such a well written book and the writing is top notch. I grew up in California and have never been around marshlands but now I feel like I have. The story itself is quite good. I can see why It may be made into a movie.

- Love5 star

Beautifully written.

- Love it!5 star

Oh my word! This book is so awesome.

- Best book I’ve read all year5 star

Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Fantastic story.

- Really a great book4 star

So well written. Great story line. Highly recommend

- One of the best books I have ever read5 star


- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

This was a most excellent read. I could not put the book down, I was intrigued through every page. I would reccomend this to any genre reader because it’s just SO good.

- Best book i’ve read in a very long time!!5 star

I could not stop reading once i started!! I loved this book so much. I wish it just kept going!

- new favorites of all time5 star

beautiful story .. captivating from start to finish. i loved the writing style - it really created an emotional connection. one of my new favorites of all time!

- couldn't put it down!5 star

i'd heard of the book through friends, and recently a friend let me borrow it. i finally got a chance to start reading it today annnnd finished it all today! it was beautifully written and so captivating. she kept the chapters short, which for me, makes reading so much easier. this needs to be a movie.

- Absolute gem, start to finish5 star

This book is a phenomenal read. Mysterious, romantic, and thrilling all at the same time. Best book I’ve read in 2020.

- A must read!5 star

I loved it so much that I had to to share it with as many people as I could. Every time some finished reading it We couldn’t wait to talk about it, and then I passed it on the next person. I loved the ending and it made me want to live in the marsh! I highly recommend it!

- My heart!!!5 star

Very well written, such an easy read. 10/10!!!

- Speechless.5 star

An absolute work of art. I read it in a week. I just finished it and cried in awe of the whole story out together so beautifully, I didn't want it to be over. I'm not much for fancy descriptions and words I feel like I should probably look up instead of imagining the definition of, but keep reading, you will without a doubt get sucked in and love living in the marsh right there with this perfect character. Amazing. 10 out of 10.

- Where the Crawdads sing5 star

So gripping... I couldn’t put this book down! Absolutely amazing story!

- Not just hype.5 star

I loved every page. I waited to read this and almost didn't because of all the attention it received. I was convinced it would disappoint after hearing so much hype. I was so very wrong! I love this book!!

- Amazing5 star

Read this book in one day. Emotional, enlightening, and beautifully written.

- Daniel Hinojosa5 star

I’m in love with this book 📖📚

- LOVE IT!5 star

My favorite book this year. Definitely deserving of all the recognition it’s getting.

- Captivating5 star

I couldn’t put this book down! The book was excellent from beginning to the last sentence.. well written and a great story..

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

Best read of the year.

- A must read!5 star

Great story. Beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down.

- Must read!5 star

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time, definitely my top 10 favorites! Really great read!

- Swamp manic pixie girl trope1 star

The author’s prose is beautiful enough that you might overlook this as being fantastically unrealistic and... boring. I can’t understand why it has been so popular.

- Great read5 star

This was a really great story.

- Not sure what the hype was about1 star

This book disappointed me. Trying to read it was hard because of the accent and they way is was written. Then the ending was years crammed on 5 pages, very rushed and the ending just wasn’t believable. Disappointed.

- 6 stars!5 star

this book is so so so so good!!!! highly recommend!!! one of the best books i’ve read in a long time!

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- Awesome5 star

Such a gripping story and keeps you reading all day long! Should be made into a movie:)

- READ THIS BOOK!!5 star

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.

- Great book, must read.5 star

Really good book

- Excellent!5 star

Loved this book.

- Love love love!5 star

One of the best books I’ve read in a really long time.

- Wow!5 star

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 🥰

- 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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this book was soooo amazing, started off a bit slow but trust me its worth the wait, this is for sure my new favorite book and anyone would love it

- Such a sad and lonely story...4 star

Kya is abandoned by everyone - her family and her community. Three people show her kindness and affection and her world opens. While remaining abandoned by the majority of her community she builds a phenomenal life in the mysterious marshes - Kya is the next in line from A Girl Named Sooner and “Nell.” I’m glad I read it but was left with a profound sense of sadness and loneliness when I finished.

- Love this book5 star

Started reading this and couldn’t put it down. So well written!

- Where the crawdads sing5 star

Fantastic! The best beach read I’ve ever encountered.

- Not a page turner but it was good4 star

I know this book gets a lot of mixed reviews but I enjoyed it. I really felt for Kya and found her life intriguing. It wasn’t a book that kept me up at night and dying to continue but I did enjoy it

- Compelling Mystery Romance4 star

Where The Crawdads Sing has many elements of a traditional romance novel - plus a hint of mystery in both the literal sense and in understanding the inner workings of the novel’s main character. A good read!

- Amazing5 star

One of the best books I have ever read!

- Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

This was a quick read - I got through it while on my flights during a recent trip. The writing is majestic - the reader can see, feel, and smell the scene. I found my heart racing as I read! And my heart dropping at the thought of alligator heels. Read it!

- Thoroughly enjoyed this read5 star

Tore through it and had a most interesting book club conversation about society and how we care and treat children

- One of the best books I’ve read in a long time5 star

Could not put it down. Highly recommend!

- Quicksand5 star

Read this nonstop through the night and next day. That’s all you need to know.

- Shooooketh.5 star

I am still in awe of this amazing, intricately written book. I could not put it down. A book about first loves, abandonment, rejection, a coming of age story of survival and perseverance...not to mention an edge of your seat who-dun-it courtroom drama! The author’s imagery and of the marsh and emotions, intertwined, will have you turning the page to “feel” a little more.

- Overhyped3 star

Very pleasant book and it was nice to read to wind down my day. But I can’t say I understand the hype around it. The story is average and at times drawn out. The prose is well-written but I wasn’t blown away. At the end of the day, I enjoyed reading the story and I can certainly see the author’s talent but I can’t say it’s a remarkably memorable novel or anywhere near my top picks.

- All time great read!!!5 star

Fall in love with Kya and her beloved marsh. See the world thru the eyes of an abandoned 6 year old whose only friends are the sea gulls she feeds. Experience her isolation as she grows up with no contact until she starts attracting the attention of local boys and the trouble it brings. This book will draw you right in until you can’t put it down!

- An excellent read5 star

Loved this book. Highly recommend!

- Amazing5 star

Lovely story. Highly recommend.

- Amazing5 star

Loved it!

- Amazing!!!5 star

Loved this book!! Could not put it down! I read it in an afternoon!

- There is a reason it’s been #1 for so long.5 star

I read the description of the book repeatedly, read the “sample” many times, but I just wasn’t interested. I decided to try and go beyond the sample because there HAD to be a reason it has been a bestseller for so long. I am so glad I did. This book was great! Very well written, and made you want to keep reading!

- Not bad, not great3 star

It's a readable novel, but not something I'd want to keep and read again. I have no idea why this book is still in hard cover and has so many great reviews. The story was good, but unrealistic. There are many better books out there.

- Well written and such a good story5 star

The book started off slow and I almost gave up on it but I’m glad I didn’t, it was well worth the read. The writing is excellent and the story is well told and emotional. I’m sad to be done with this book.

- Implausible plot2 star

The fine writing about nature is marred by an implausible plot. The ending also seems rushed and abrupt. There are better books out there.

- Loved it.5 star

Excellent story. I felt like I knew the characters.

- Read me5 star

Surprising read. Loved getting pulled in. Just when I was thinking of putting it down, I couldn’t. Wow.

- Touching5 star

Cried on a plane while reading this goddamn book. Highly recommend 10/10!

- Blown away5 star

This is the quickest I have ever read a novel. There’s never a dull moment. The way the plot messed with my emotions too made it ten times better. The author had us crying with Kya and for her as well. I’m recommending this book to everyone I know.

- Really good. Not quite great.4 star

Very well written. Started off slowwwww but I eventually couldn’t put it down. Wish there were more about Kya’s life as she aged.

- absolutely stunning5 star

an amazing, stunning book that entranced me from start to finish.

- 10/105 star

It was a slower start, but I was quickly hooked!

- Amazing5 star

Captivating from the first to the last page!


I don’t get how this book is a best-seller when author is controversially tied up in a murder mystery. Treatment of race in this book is also lousy and OFF. Stop buying this, go for The Vanishing Half or anything by Octavia Butler.

- Loved5 star

Absolutely recommend! There is loss, love and so much triumph. I don’t often reread books but I will definitely come back and read this again.

- Wonderyll5 star

This is an amazing book with lots of plot twists, lots of morals, and lots of fun!

- ❤️5 star


- LOVE this book!5 star

I love this book! The beginning was a little hard to get into... but I ended up not being able to put it down!!

- Wow.5 star

This was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. The writer did such an amazing job describing the surroundings. It definitely lived up to the hype.

- Where The Crawdads Sing5 star

Loved this book! I didn’t want it to end

- Nothing compares5 star

The best book I’ve ever read. Captivating, riveting, everything you could ask for in a book.

- Beautiful written story5 star

This is beautiful written story, the nature description were amazing and of course I loved Kya’s story! I cried and laughed, I didn’t wanted to end. I highly recommend this book 👌.

- The Crawdad’s sang loud!5 star

Could not put it down. A book so interesting, you’ll lose sleep over it.

- Loved it!5 star

I read it in just a few days. A great read that keeps you captivated in the amazing story line and the great details. Definitely recommend!

- I could stop crying at the end!5 star

Beautiful novel! Thank you Delia Owens

- Great read5 star

Kept my interest throughout the entire book. Loved it.

- Read it in a week5 star

SO fabulous

- Great read5 star

This book was very captivating. My heart hurt for a young girl so small yet so determined. I found myself flipping page after page, rooting for her every step and encouraging her. Great read!

- Exposes Your Roots4 star

Kya has nothing in between her and the world. Nature has raised her and serves as her guide, which clashes with the world that people live in today. Her act was a reflection of the natural world, her only and arguably the most valuable teacher, and a crime to the modern one. You can tell that the author has no illusions when it comes to the nonexistent divide between humans and every other form of life. That was my interpretation of the phrase “where the crawdads sing”: that deep down, there will always be the survival, animalistic side of you despite any social norms or materialistic prowess which creates the false idea of somehow being above natural instinct.


This book needs to be on your list of books to read. It is amazing!! So beautifully written and it brought me to tears. Definitely made it in my top 5 favorite books

- LOVE5 star

This book was so so good. I couldn’t put it down.

- Where the Crawdad Sings1 star

This book is a formulated sappy sad love story. How this ended up on the NYT best selling list is a mystery to me. The only reason I finished it was to get my monies worth.

- Compelling Raed5 star

I LOVED this book. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend. One of the best books I’ve ever read, I can wait for the authors next book!

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@TinaCardone I took a long walk while listening to Where the Crawdads Sing 👍

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