Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Book Summary

More than 6 million copies sold
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"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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- Engaging, well written5 star

Strong characters in an innovative and compelling story. Definitely worth a read.

- Not worth the hype3 star

So much potential but then it kind of fizzled.

- 5 star5 star

Couldn’t put it down .

- READ IT5 star

One of the top 5 best books I’ve read.

- Satiating5 star

Incredibly written. Loved every page. What a beautiful portrayal of pain to unfold into a nurturing experience.

- touching5 star

I’ll never forget this book as long as I live. I’ve never felt more attached to a character as I do Kya!

- Absolutely incredible read!5 star

This book keeps you constantly wanting more. Your mind racing and jumping to conclusions only to find out that Kya had a special way of doing things. The characters in this book were so real. I loved every part of this book, and the ending blew me away. A must read!

- Where the Crawdads Sing4 star

Beautifully written, definitely kept me engaged and interested, but lacked the overall “wow factor” (for me) that makes a book stick with you long after you’ve read it. Thus, 4 stars instead of 5.

- Couldn’t stop...5 star

I finished this book in two days... Through the whole book my attention never lingered. So well written I played the scenes, nature and all in my head as I read. Definitely recommend.

- Amazing!5 star

This book is perfect. The story leaves you wanting more every time you take a break and the emotions you feel while reading it are wonderful. I actually cried. Would recommend to everyone. Literally.

- Just meh3 star

Ok quick fluff read. I regret spending $15 for it. Certainly not the best book I ever read.

- Truly Amazing, A Must Read!5 star

Such a great piece of work. A story that starts outgentle and captures you as you continue to read it. The details are so perfect that you can really feel like your part of the story. This will definitely be added to my favorite books list. Truly inspirational!!!

- Beautifully written!5 star

This novel had my attention from the beginning. A heart tugging story that I fell deeper and deeper into. Kya is an amazing and complex character that you cheer for and cry for. The end is exactly as it should be......

- Some slow parts3 star

The book is well-written and written in such a way that you really become tied to the main character, Kya. You become personally invested in seeing the best in and and wanting the best for her. Some of it was a little slow but in all a great read. Partial Spoiler- the court proceedings were very amazingly written and so vivid you felt you were in court with them.

- Where The Crawdads Sing5 star

Loved it!

- You Gotta read this book!!5 star

Awesome Book!! I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want it to end!! A must read!

- Captivating, moving, brilliant5 star

Couldn’t bring myself to put the book down. It’s a must read, no doubt about it!

- Amazing5 star

it really is the best book I’ve ever read. I always get really invested in my characters and the story. But this... was on. Another. Level. I have never been so immersed. It had me celebrating in relief, longing for one outcome, literally ugly crying from bitter sweetness, and then speechless and jaw-on-the-ground shocked, and then meditating what the meaning of it all really is. It’s a thinker and an emotional rollercoaster. This book will have me reflecting for days after. Truly beautiful.

- Painfully Beautiful5 star

This book is not suspenseful. You may not be shocked or blown away, but if you’ve ever had hardships with family or others, or been painfully judged, then you will connect to this story. It’s not a fast-paced story but I think the author wants the reader to feel what Kya feels. It’s tough to read the mounting hardships she faces but it’s really a beautiful story. I agree with some reviews that some parts could have been written a but better but it gets across. Some reviews said the story is not believable but isn’t that why we read stories? To use our imagination? Most movies we watch aren’t believable stories. I was very moved by this story. I felt I could relate to Kya in a small way. I love nature and I love how that was a big part of the story. It’s definitely worth a read for a person who is imaginative and open to letting the story tell itself instead of having in your head what it should be.

- Okay3 star

I thought this book was okay. After hearing what a must read it was, I was disappointed with how lack luster it was. I felt parts of the story were rushed and that the author could have done more to expand some of the plot lines. All in all, an okay book, but not what I had expected.

- Amazing read!5 star

It took me a bit to get used to reading the southern dialogue, but after a few chapters I could not put this book down!

- Love5 star

This book started a little slow, but ended up being a gripping novel!! I wish this author had more fiction books!!!!!

- It will be hard to find a book that can follow this!5 star

Best book I have read in years!

- Loved5 star

Great read! It kept you reading. You won’t believe the ending!

- Soul Needs5 star

The details of how far removed and yet so close to true nature is astounding. Read to feel connected and home. ❤️

- Awe inspiring.5 star

An amazing read from start to finish. Owens captures the essence of a young girl abandoned to survive on her own in the marsh. Each page draws you further into the storyline, never wanting it to end. A truly incredible novel!!

- Where The Crawdads Sing5 star

Delicious. I ate it up.

- Loved this book5 star

One of my favorite books!

- WOW5 star

Without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. Incredibly well written and a roller coaster ride every step of the way. Would recommend this book to everyone I know. LOVE LOVE LOVE

- Obsessed5 star

I POURED through this book and did not take my nose out of it until I finished it 4 days later. My only complaint was that it ended too soon. I did feel that the ending was rushed and slightly underwhelming, but that did not affect my love for the story or its characters. Kudos to the author for the ability to submerge her reader into another world—so much so that it takes days to reach the surface even after reading.

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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!!

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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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- 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!!!

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