Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

  • Release Date: 2018-08-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 46,060 Ratings


NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 15 million copies sold, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”

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.


  • Great read!

    By Wendyo136
    Fabulous book! I watched the movie first then read the book. Both were amazing!
  • Worth it!!!

    By Jennifer3113
    Absolutely worth the read!!! Definitely will be seeing the movie now.
  • Wow….what a book.

    By southernblu
    Like I do, I read the book before seeing the movie. So glad I did. Great writer, great story, great ending. If you’re reading this, buy the book. It won’t disappoint.
  • Kya, who wouldn’t love her

    By Jay Bugger
    Very very very touching. Amazing how much moving, fascinating images and details in a story with only one main character. Loved Kya; loved her story about coping with her natural environment.
  • Falls flat and ultimately fails to escape disappointing genre tropes

    By plantmom3
    While the author certainly has a knack for crafting elegant prose when it comes to nature, she fails to accomplish much else with this novel. The premise of the story is interesting enough, but the book itself ultimately feels like a cheep replica of much of today’s pop lit. The tropes are predictable, the characters come off as one dimensional, and the research and historical representation is abysmal. Not only are there some glaring issues with the whole feral swamp girl situation, but the handling and representation of black characters in this book is uncomfortable and quite frankly offensive.
  • Mom Free Time

    By FB&G gypsy
  • Favorite

    By ..?..?
    I’ve read several hindered, maybe a thousand, books. This is no doubt my favorite.
  • Excellent read!

    By tyraaz
    Really enjoyed it. It was a page turner and couldn’t put it down. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is I thought the main part of the story could have started sooner. I still highly recommend!
  • Frighteningly realistic

    By Wait! What happened?
    A little slow to start but couldn’t put it down after about 10 chapters.
  • Simply amazing!

    By markteach
    One of the best I have read!