Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

CORSAIR / Little Brown Books


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.


A quick scan of my previous reviews will show that I read crime fiction and romance fiction – rarely much else gets my attention. This book caught my eye on various times and places. Most recently a friend was reading it and I decided that I too needed to read it. I knew NOTHING of the book – didn’t what it was about, where or when it was set – NOTHING. I liked the cover and many many people were reading and talking about how good it was. Then I received my copy and saw it was set in 1969 I feared I had made a mistake – I don’t read books set in the past…. but I wanted to give it a chance so started reading – and couldn’t stop until I reached the end. I am so glad I read this incredible book – and you should too!

The author’s outstanding knowledge and understanding of nature and the natural world is evident by the beautiful descriptive emotional writing.

I had tears in my eyes many times throughout the story which pulled at my emotions. Reading the book during the Covid-19 isolation period made the setting of the book seem even more relevant today. This story takes us back to a time when the world moved at a slower pace and right now it feels like the earth is being given a chance to recover whilst we all stop and I think it is much needed – for the earth as much as for us humans.

I envisage this novel becoming a ‘classic’ which will be read again and again in the future. I believe there is a lot we can learn from this novel about the world we live in. Everyone should read this book. It is a story of survival, of prejudice, of poverty, of isolation and loneliness, and of nature and humanity. There is mystery. There is love. There is heartache. There is hope.

Congratulations Delia Owens on an epic first novel. Thank you for sharing with us this insight into your knowledge and experiences. I look forward to reading your next novel when it is released…. there will be a next one, right?


TITLE: Where the Crawdads Sing

AUTHOR: Delia Owens

PUBLISHER: Little Brown / Corsair

PUBLICATION DATE: 8 November 2018

LENGTH: 379 pages


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Introducing Delia Owens

Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa including Cry of the Kalahari. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and many others. She currently lives in Idaho. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.


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