Where the Crawdads Sing

More than 6 million copies sold
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade 

"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.

Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens Summary

Where the Crawdads Sing is a 2018 novel by Delia Owens. It has topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2020 for a combined 30 non-consecutive weeks. The story follows two timelines that slowly intertwine. The first timeline describes the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina from 1952–1969. The second timeline follows a murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity of Barkley Cove, a fictional coastal town of North Carolina. The book was selected for Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club in September 2018 and for Barnes & Noble's Best Books of 2018. By December 2019, the book has sold over 4.5 million copies, and it has sold more print copies in 2019 than any other adult title, fiction or non-fiction. It was also No. 1 for 2019 on Amazon.com’s list of Most Sold Books in fiction...

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Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens Book Reviews (31,460)


Where the Crawdads Sing5 star

This was a quick read - I got through it while on my flights during a recent trip. The writing is majestic - the reader can see, feel, and smell the scene. I found my heart racing as I read! And my heart dropping at the thought of alligator heels. Read it! 55


Thoroughly enjoyed this read5 star

Tore through it and had a most interesting book club conversation about society and how we care and treat children 55


One of the best books I’ve read in a long time5 star

Could not put it down. Highly recommend! 55

Greydon Westley

Quicksand5 star

Read this nonstop through the night and next day. That’s all you need to know. 55

roseattack 1

Shooooketh.5 star

I am still in awe of this amazing, intricately written book. I could not put it down. A book about first loves, abandonment, rejection, a coming of age story of survival and perseverance...not to mention an edge of your seat who-dun-it courtroom drama! The author’s imagery and of the marsh and emotions, intertwined, will have you turning the page to “feel” a little more. 55


Overhyped3 star

Very pleasant book and it was nice to read to wind down my day. But I can’t say I understand the hype around it. The story is average and at times drawn out. The prose is well-written but I wasn’t blown away. At the end of the day, I enjoyed reading the story and I can certainly see the author’s talent but I can’t say it’s a remarkably memorable novel or anywhere near my top picks. 35


All time great read!!!5 star

Fall in love with Kya and her beloved marsh. See the world thru the eyes of an abandoned 6 year old whose only friends are the sea gulls she feeds. Experience her isolation as she grows up with no contact until she starts attracting the attention of local boys and the trouble it brings. This book will draw you right in until you can’t put it down! 55


An excellent read5 star

Loved this book. Highly recommend! 55

pink dreams

Amazing5 star

Lovely story. Highly recommend. 55


Amazing5 star

Loved it! 55


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! 55


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! 55


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. 45


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. 55


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. 55


Just meh3 star

Ok quick fluff read. I regret spending $15 for it. Certainly not the best book I ever read. 35

The boss25

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!!! 55


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...... 55

nia mis

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. 35


Where The Crawdads Sing5 star

Loved it! 55

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