Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

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 year...

Details Where the Crawdads Sing

TitleWhere the Crawdads Sing
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam’s Sons
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Reviews Where the Crawdads Sing

  • Debra
    All the Stars!!!!!Can I just say that I loved everything about this book and leave it at that!?!Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of resiliency, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. This book goes back and forth in time to tell the story of Kya Clark a.k.a. the Marsh girl. She lives on the outskirts of town, in the Marsh, and the locals look down their noses at her, she is judged, ridiculed ...
  • Angela M
    4.5 stars rounded up .A story of survival, of what the depth of loneliness feels like when a young girl is abandoned first by her mother, then her four siblings. Even at five Kya understands why they left - because of her father, because of his meanness, his abuse, his drinking. What she doesn’t understand is why they left her behind and neither could I. She remains pretty much alone since her father comes and goes until he doesn’t come back....
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    *5 Stars, easily!*WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING is a gentle yet symbolic depiction of the valiant survival of Kya Clark—a reclusive young girl who has been abandoned by her parents, siblings, school system, the entire town surrounding her, and what ultimately feels like life itself. Mother Nature has literally become Kya’s caretaker, and deep in a lonely Marsh along the North Carolina coast is where Kya will not only hide, but blossom into a primal...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I'm typically skeptical of books that are hyped to high heavens and end up on every book club list for months straight, not because they aren't worthy, but because I can let me expectations get the best of me and keep me from fully enjoying a wonderful book. This book exceeded my already high expectations; it emanates a quiet power, a slow drawing in and connection of reader to book, one that I found myself able to get lost in due to the lush atm...
  • Diane S ☔
    MEMORABLE CHARACTERS AND MEMORABLE STORY. For me to rate a book five stars it has to give me something bout of the ordinary, make me feel. Most of all it has to be a book or contain a character or characters that I won't forget. Above all it has to make me feel. This book did all three. Kya, aka Catherine Clark, the Marsh girl is an unforgettable character, abandoned by her mother at she six, her siblings shortly after. By ten she was alone in th...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    4.5 all aboard the hype train stars!!!Full review along with a few recipes for a decadent southern fried feast featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!When Kya Clark is 6 years old, she watches as her mother walks away from her, seemingly without a second thought. With the departure of their matriarch, the Clark family slowly but surely vanishes into the marsh that will become the only family Kya will ever know. Her siblings leave shortly after he...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Kya ran to the porch, watching her mother walking down the sandy lane in her fake alligator skin heels, her only going out pair, holding a blue train case. She never wore those heels and she never carried a case. That was the last time Kya saw her Ma. There has been fights before and Ma has left several times but she always came back. Over the next few weeks, Kya's oldest brother and two sisters left too. They were tired of Pa's red faced rages, ...
  • JanB
    You know that person? The one who doesn't like what everyone else seems to love? There has to be someone in the outlier club and this time it is me. I was highly anticipating this book after reading all the praise from readers whose tastes usually align with my own. Unfortunately, I should have DNF'd this one when very early in the book, my eyes glazed over and I began skimming pages of descriptive writing. The author is a nature writer and those...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    **REPOSTING BECAUSE I'M EXCITED THAT MY BOOK CLUB IS GOING TO READ THIS ONE NEXT MONTH**Oh how beautifully mesmerizing this book is. I’ve moved this book to the #1 spot in my list of favorite books of 2018. Thanks to my Goodreads friends Angela and Diane for bringing this book to my attention :)This 5* book is masterfully written, with outstanding character development. That alone would be a great book but there is much more. There is a love st...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 trilling stars to Where the Crawdads Sing! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 I am super excited to share this review with you because the book is on my favorites list for this year. The writing is lovely, and the storytelling is brilliant.Barclay Cove is a quiet place along the North Carolina coast. I tried to imagine this setting and time period, as someone familiar with the area, and I could not quite fit where it was in reality; however, using the au...
  • Julie
    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a 2018 G.P. Putnam's Sons publication. One part mystery, one part legal drama, one part coming of age story, and one part love story- equals a full heartrending poignant tale that will leave you gasping for air. Barkley Cove, North Carolina- 1969Kya Clark- aka- “The Marsh Girl’ has been abandoned, one by one, by every single person in her life. She lives by the seat of her pants, in a shack, eluding e...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Stunning, enchanting & emotive!So before I start off with my review there is something that I must confess to. While reading this novel there was always this niggling annoyance in the forefront of my mind telling me that I wasn’t connecting with the third person narrative here. I am not exactly sure what it was for me but that really bothered me that I wasn’t able to give this story my whole heart. Regardless of not connecting with the third ...
  • Elyse Walters
    Library Overdrive Audiobook... read by Cassandra Campbell ....Listening to this book was a ‘fantastic’ choice!!! I plan to buy the physical book, too. I want to re-read many of the sentences - see them in written book form...and own a book by Delia Owens. She’s a one-of-a-kind-author!!!This book could easily become a modern classic! The prose is so outstanding — gorgeous—that the smells and visuals of the wildlife — made me feel as i...
  • Karen
    This is an amazing first novel by this author!In the marsh land, near the North Carolina coast, the youngest child of a big, poor family is first left by her mother, her brother and later her father...she is such a little girl and left to fend for herself.... so heartbreaking!This story lets us follow her entire life, a life that is mostly very lonely.Part coming of age story, part love story, part mystery...these characters will really pull you ...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    The hype is REAL with this one! Go ahead and bump it right up to the top of your TBR list.Delia Owens is a wildlife scientist. Where The Crawdads Sing might be a work of fiction, but it's her love song to a very real, very raw world. We spend so much time in civilization, in built-up cities with infinite technology, that we often forget about the places where those civilizations blend into wilderness and where that wilderness blends into the sea....
  • Dianne
    I really enjoyed the parts of this book that were related to the marsh and the natural world, but the story itself did not wow me. I am definitely in the minority here - many glowing reviews, but it had a “women’s literature” flavor to me that I don’t personally care for.A nice fiction debut for Owens; just not my cuppa.
  • Cheri
    ” Dark and silent, late last night,I think I might have heard the highway callAnd geese in flight and dogs that biteThe signs that might be omens sayI'm goin', I'm goin'I'm gone to Carolina in my mind“With a holy host of others standin' around meStill I'm on the dark side of the moonAnd it seems like it goes on like this foreverYou must forgive me, if I'm up and gone toCarolina in my mind” -- Carolina In My Mind, James Taylor, Songwriters: ...
  • Book of Secrets
    Here we have it, my favorite book of 2018! I think this one will be hard to top. Amazing!!A swamp and a marsh are very different environments. A marsh is a thriving and nurturing place, and it's there, along the North Carolina coast, that Kya lived and survived after being abandoned by her family as a young girl. Kya spent her days alone, observing the surrounding natural world, and it served her well. Though she loved her marsh dearly, sometimes...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    3.5 stars. Heartbreakingly unforgettable. Deeply symbolic. Hauntingly atmospheric. This is the story of Kya, a ‘marsh girl’ who grows up isolated from society. Abandoned by her mother at the tender age of six, Kya is left vulnerable and constantly awaiting her return. At the age of ten, Kya is deserted by the rest of her family, leaving her completely alone to fend for herself in the wild and unruly marsh. There are a few characters that ente...
  • PorshaJo
    When I read the raving reviews on this one I knew I had to get it ASAP. At the same time, the print and audio arrived for me from my library. So I started the audio. At first, I didn't care for it. I love the audio narrator Cassandra Campbell but I felt her voice too soothing, too light. I thought the narration should be more gritter, hard-edged. After some time, I grew to enjoy the narration. I got sucked in and wanted to listen to more. In the ...
  • Dem
    The beauty of this book is in the descriptive writing which takes you on a journey through the Marshy Swamps of North Carolina. The character of Kyla Clarke abandoned and rejected by her family near stole my heart and this is a character that will stay with me for quite some time.This is beautiful quiet novel, set in Berkeley Cove a small town on the North Carolina coast, elegant with that southern charm that draws you in, suspensful and unique p...
    Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.This is a very special book about a girl named Catherine Danielle Clark (known as Kya) who lived in a shack in the Marsh lands of North Carolina. The story begins in 1952 when at the tender age of six, Kya's mom walked out of her life, never turning her head back to wave goodbye. As the days passed, her older siblings gradually left as well, leaving Kya alone ...
  • Larry H
    It seemed like everyone had read this one already and couldn't stop raving about it. For some reason, despite all the hype, I just wasn't sure about this one—I thought it was going to be like the Jodie Foster movie Nell , about a feral girl alone in the woods who speaks her own language and somehow gets all tangled up in the real world. While there is a little bit of the girl-against-the-world thing, I needn't have worried. This book is heartf...
  • Katie B
    Pretty close to the beginning I felt an emotional attachment to the main character, Kya Clark aka Marsh Girl. It was hard not to given her mother left when she was a little girl, followed by her siblings and her father basically left her to fend for herself. I couldn't help but want to give the poor girl a hug. The author does an amazing job of painting a picture of the North Carolina marsh area where Kya lives. The story switches back and forth ...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    I wadn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could hold so much.Yes, I'm aware that I'm sharing the very same quote that my bestie used for this book. But if a quote ever applied to a book...it's that one for this book.The story follows the "Swamp girl" or Kya throughout her life. And her life is not a pretty one. She was a very young girl when her abused mother had all she could stand one day and walked down the lane fr...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Traveling Friends Group Read ReviewWhere the Crawdads Sing was one of my most anticipated group reads and this story exceeded any expectations I had for it. I loved this story and it made for a fantastic discussion. Fifteen Traveling Friends joined in on this discussion and quite a few of us have added this one to our favorites list.Where the Crawdads Sing is a compelling, insightful and original well-layered coming of age story that also digs de...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    A brilliantly written, beautiful, and enigmatic novel. This is the most captivating book I've read this year and I am so glad to have picked it up.The story follows Kya Clark , the "marsh girl", as she grows up on her own on the North Carolina coast.  When the town's beloved Chase Andrews shows up dead, Kya becomes one of the suspects.Although the mystery aspect of the novel is interesting, what really takes the novel to the next level is the au...
  • Phrynne
    This one is a treasure - a book to be read slowly and every word savoured. An absolute delight. And keep the tissues handy - you will need them.The saddest thing is that Kya's mother should leave and not take her. In the end there is never really an explanation as to why anyone could leave their five year old behind at the mercy of an alcoholic father. Still that is how Kya's story begins and also the whole wonderful story of what is her life.Kya...
  • Imane
    “She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn't her fault she'd been alone. Most of what she knew, she'd learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.” ― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing 🌟5/5🌟This book left me at a loss for words. Riveting, hopeful, heartbreaking. The story sucked me in from the very beginning and i enjoye...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “I wadn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.” I cannot imagine a book that will end up beating Where the Crawdads Sing for my best read of 2018. Truly, this was a case where the entire thing was practically perfect in every way for me (the only minor quibble I had was with the snippets of poetry, but that’s because I hate poetry)...