Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens

  • Release Date: 2018-08-14
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 50,398 Ratings


NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 18 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.


  • Extraordinary work

    By sahlson
    This book brings everything to life. The characters, the place, the sounds you would expect to hear, feel alive while reading. I also enjoyed that is was written and reads like it was 1960 again. I’ve heard other say that they didn’t enjoy it due to segregation and old views but in reality, that is how a lot of states in the south still lived. What they’ve missed is how when we have nothing and we are just trying to survive, it didn’t matter what color your skin was. There are real eye opening moments in this book that kept me up, reading till midnight, knowing that I had to work in 4 hours but so engrossed I couldn’t put it down.
  • Amazing book

    By aflyingtifflez
    As usual better than the movie
  • Effortless.

    By Bellaknows1970
    This book flows from start to finish. The movie is very good, but the book is much better. It is amazing how cruel people can be... even as children go one another. This book describes someone who clings to nature to be her friend, finding peace with Mother Earth.
  • No

    By britismeiambrit
    Why’s this little white girl pretending to be native?
  • Really good

    By 68regdavi
    This kept my interest. Certainly loved the ending. Now I want to see the movie.
  • Excellent book

    By cazmir
    This book is full of life. It’s a genuine story full of heart. A reminder that nature is important to keep alive and to appreciate knowing that it is in our very soul.
  • Highly recommend

    By ajijhiuhuaife
    The characters are rich and have layers of complexity that keep you turning the pages. Spellbinding until the end.
  • Awesome story

    By ohmymu
    Couldn’t put it down! Read it in one day and it was beautifully written story of survival, self discovery, and secrets.
  • Beautiful overall feel good book

    By Lilloci15
    Excellent writing and the movie was really good.
  • Wow

    By sullyt9935413
    This is the best book I’ve ever read. There is nothing more to say.