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, Audiobook

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 ...
  • 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 and pages of descriptive writing. The author is a nature writer...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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 my 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • jessica
    there are currently 582 people waiting for this book at my library. at first i thought that notification was a glitch; but then i read this, this impossibly tender story, and now im shocked as to why the waitlist isnt twice that. there is a reason this book has become so sought after, and it feels like a privilege to have experienced it. this is one of the most memorable coming-of-age stories i have read in quite some time. it is a story that pro...
  • 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...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    ***I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS BOOK MAKING THE #1 SPOT ON THE NYT Bestseller list, I knew this would be a winner***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 muc...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • Liz
    I can’t get over how perfect this book is. The writing grabbed me from literally the first page and kept me entranced. And the story! How can your heart not help but ache for Kya? First her mother leaves, then her siblings, even her ne’er do well father. Left to her own devices by the entire town, she survives without schooling or any aid. The preacher’s wife calls her white trash and hurries her child away from Kya convinced she carries di...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    All of you talked me into reading this book. The Goodreads reviews were virtually unanimously good, not just good, great. It had to be good, I thought. And because I needed an extra audiobook I bought it on Libro.fm and locked myself into reading it. Bad decision.This book is just a pile of tropes and cliches dressed up in some nice nature writing. The plot is not much of a plot and the mystery makes up only a small section of the book, and much ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Fantastic narrator! Beautiful and sad! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Paromjit
    This is an incredibly beautiful novel from Delia Owens, totally immersive, an ode to the natural environment and the marshes in particular. Catherine Danielle Clark, aka Kya, is 6 years old when her mother leaves their shack in the remote wilderness of the North Carolina coastal marshes, next to the town of Barkley Cove. Her family is desperately poor, and before long her siblings follow suit, abandoning her to the care of her alcoholic, neglectf...
  • Annet
    Lovely poetic and still book. Full of atmosphere. Great story. Great writing. Beauty poems in the book illustrating the story, enchanting. Sort of surprise ending (or not....) 4 stars plus. Wow.... many recommended this book already and I would recommend it too.As usual, for those who me... more to follow! Now it's time for bed and work tomorrow, CU here online soon :-)As night fell, Tate walked back toward the shack. But when he reached the lago...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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: ...
  • Jen
    Wild thing. You make my heart sing. You make everything....This had me singing just like the crawdads do.A compelling coming of age story of a 7 year old girl, Kya, who grows up in a marsh in North Carolina. Abandoned and alone, as one by one, her mama, siblings and finally her dead beat dad, leave. Yet somehow, she survives and lives symbiotically with nature.And while she is anything but wild, taught by a fish catching boy how to read and write...
  • Beata
    Powerful! I'm so happy I read this novel at last! I'd been meaning to do so for some time, but the synopsis was one thing that made me postpone doing so. I was reluctant to read a seemingly depressing book about a little girl who is left by her family to survive on her own, who from the early age witnesses domestic violence and for whom the marsh becomes her mother. I received a copy from the library and I said to myself: it's now or never! And n...
  • Holly B
    Mini-Review~ 4.5 STARSI finally got around to reading this uber popular book from last year. I really wasn't sure if this would be for me, but I ended up loving it, regardless of a few things that distracted me and parts I thought were highly improbable.Although there is a LOT going on in this one, I found it easy to follow.  I was very emotionally invested in Kya's story and had a few theories about what would become of her ~ All were wrong!Lov...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 Stars.A Haunting Tale of Resilience, Strength and Survival. The soul aches with the hardship and loneliness that permeates throughout much of “Where the Crawdads Sing.” If you’ve ever known what it feels like to be truly alone, this is a novel that will tear at you. Kya Clark is 7 years old when she is abandoned by every single member of her family, including her mother, thus becoming known as “The Marsh Girl.” Living in Barkley Cove,...
  • 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...