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, American, Southern

Reviews Where the Crawdads Sing

  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dorie
    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 story and mystery woven through the story, and add art and poetry to that and you have thi...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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: ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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)...
  • Bam
    In the spring of 1952, a woman walks away from her home in the marshes of coastal North Carolina, never looking back, leaving her five children behind with their drunken father, who has just two settings: silent and loud. Soon the three oldest children slither away too, then thirteen-year-old Jodie, the youngest son, decides to go, leaving six-year-old Kya to fend for herself and her PA. She has to wonder what has she done to send everyone away? ...
  • Faith
    Where the crawdads sing is the place "far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like critters". That is where Catherine Danielle (Kya) Clark lived all of her life. Her father brought the family to the marshland 4 miles from Barkley Cove, North Carolina after he was wounded in WWII. He was bitter, depressed, reclusive and mean. Finally, Kya's mother couldn't take it any more and in 1952 when Kya was 6 her mother left and never return...
  • Esil
    A high 4 starsWhere the Crawdads Sing was beautiful, sad and somewhat joyful. Set in the 1950s and 1960s in the marshlands of North Carolina, the story focuses on Kya, who at age 6 is essentially abandoned in a shack by her whole family. Somehow, with very little help, she manages to raise herself, surviving on her love for and deep understanding of the natural world. In parallel, the story focuses on a murder that takes place in 1969. Slowly, Ky...
  • Bernadette
    4.5 Stars Where the Crawdads Sing, a debut novel from Delia Owens, tells the story of Kya, nee Catherine Danielle Clark, or “Marsh Girl” as the locals call her. Kya was born to a violent alcoholic father suffering from PTSD he incurred in WWII, and her beautiful privileged mother, who suffers at the hands of her husband. Of course dad wasn’t always this way, but once he isolates his wife in his family’s run down home, he changes into a ma...
  • 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.
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Moving between the 1950's and late 1960's, Delia Owens spins the tales of a sensitive young girl left alone to fend for herself in the marshland of coastal North Carolina and the death of local golden boy Chase Andrews until they intertwine.Six year old Kya Clark heard her mother leave the shack at the edge of the marsh.  She watched as she walked away in her fake alligator shoes, train case in hand and failed to turn at the end of the lane to w...
  • Karen
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. At a young age, Kya Clark is abandoned by her family and left to fend for herself. Growing up alone and very lonely, she is befriended by Tate who simply wants to be her friend and Chase who has more sinister things in mind.Very excellent read. I could feel Kya's loneliness and despair throughout the story. The ending was absolutely perfect. A must read. 4.25 stars
  • Linda
    An ode to nature at its finest written with all the elements of fine southern literature. Beautiful prose,unforgettable characters—some flawed,some heroes,some you want to wrap your arms about in protection, -and a haunting setting in the marshes of coastal North Carolina. Add a mystery that trails through the book like a kudzu vine . But I believe the thing that sets this book apart is being able to see the world and all of its wonders of natu...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'Kya lay her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.'Kya Clark is a strange creature in her home town on the North Carolina Coast. Once a lost little girl, abandoned by every one she ever loved, forced to care for her abusive father, discarded, abandoned by her mother and siblings run off one by one by her father, she merged with the marsh, the only mother she has lef...
  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    I was fascinated by this book when I first learned about author Delia Owens’s background studying wildlife in Africa, and her awards as a nature writer. I was in the mood for a book lush in setting and critters and love of the earth. I had hoped this book would fill that need. When the introduction discussed the roots of this story – involving a personal experience with a female baboon – I knew I was off to a good start. (Don’t stop readi...
  • Darinda
    Kya ia a little girl when family members start to leave her. As a result, she ends up growing up alone in the family’s shack in the marsh. The local townspeople think her to be wild and dangerous, but a few see the shy, lonely girl she is. As she gets older, boys start to take notice. One boy in particular captures her heart, but soon another young man enters the picture. When the young man is found dead, the townspeople suspect Kya is guilty o...
  • Jillian Doherty
    This slow burning and compulsive read, it’s under your skin and stays with you. Kya, the abandoned and self driven young protagonist, pushes forward from sheer determination to survive. Her story is timeless.Owens creates a fully immersive setting and story; a sensory experience. This book makes you feel, smell, and taste the marsh deep, set in North Carolina’s unspoiled coast line. As we follow this unforgettable heroine fight her own emotio...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    4 🦐 🦐 🦐 🦐For me this was a similar read to Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone which I also enjoyed. The lush prose is wrapped around the flora and fauna which are main characters along with the humans inhabiting the landscape. The murder mystery was easy to figure out with the clues given making the final section a bit sluggish but was very satisfying nonetheless.
  • Joy D
    Set mostly in the 1950’s and 1960’s, this book is historical fiction about a girl growing up in poverty in the marshes near the coast of North Carolina. As a child, Kya is abandoned by her mother and older siblings, leaving her in the hands of an abusive alcoholic father. She is eventually left to her own devices to survive in a primitive shack in the wetlands. She is befriended by a black couple who own a store, and a young man who teaches h...
  • Jessaka
    “Marsh is a space of light, where grass grows in water, and water flowers into the sky.”“Swamp water is still and dark, having swallowed the light in its muddy throat.”“The morning burned so August-hot, the marsh’s moist breath hung the oaks and pines with fog.”What a beautiful nature writer. She has written a book on elephants and their suffering, but I don’t wish to read about elephants, especially not their suffering. I do love...
  • Tammy
    5 ☆ Amazing! A beautiful and remarkable coming of age story and whodunnit murder mystery that pulls you inside a magical backdrop of scenery deep in the marshy shores of North Carolina. Kya’s characterization is superb, as is the storytelling that weaves seamlessly from the segregated past era to the current time in which the story is set. An excellent debut that I highly recommend!
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    Thank you Putnam for my review copy.“Let’s face it, a lot of times love doesn’t work out. Yet even when it fails, it connects you to others and, in the end, that is all you have, the connections.”Delia Owens, WTCS.Y’all know I shamelessly stalked Putnam for a copy because North Carolina...and honestly when @anniebjones05 spoke about it...I thought, I need this book in my life. To say it exceeded my expectations is grossly inadequate. I ...
  • Libby
    “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”Aldo Leopold, A Sand County AlmanacIn “Where the Crawdads Sing,’ Delia Owens crafts the beautifully wild character of Kya, a child of the North Carolina marshlands. Abandoned by her mother at age six, her older siblings soon leave one by one. Washing dishes, Kay hears the door slam, only to run out on the porch and see her mother disappearing down the lane in her fake ...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
    My Overall Thoughts: Where the Crawdads Sing is a book you've probably been seeing everywhere lately whether it's been blowing up your Instagram feed, hitting some of the late summer must read lists and recently making People Magazine's Best Book Of the Week pick! If you've wondered if it's possibly as good as everyone is making it out to be I'm here to give my two cents worth and say yes it is, so run, don't walk, to buy or borrow it now.What...