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Book Thoughts: Where The Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)

Slow start, but I ended up crying my eyes out


Title: Where The Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Genre: Fiction / Historical / Mystery
First published: 2018
Edition: Kindle e-book

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.


It took me a little while to really get into this book, but I ended up loving it.

I love the way the marsh is like a whole other person in the story. It embraces our main character like nothing else does. She is it and it is her. There is something incredibly beautiful about the way the author described Kya’s connection to her surroundings. I love the sense of place in this.

However, there is so much sadness as well. My heart broke for her more times than I can count. My heart strings were severely tested!

The story hops between the chronical story of Kya’s life and a time line in which a murder takes place (1969) and the aftermath of that. I thought both were well done and I definitely cared about what happened to Kya.

I will the story did not grab me right away, but about a third in I was hooked and I ended up loving it. I did feel the ending was a bit overdone, but it did not take away from my enjoyment of the overall story.

If you have been wondering whether this is worth reading, I honestly think it’s a great book. It may not be for everyone, but I definitely want to check out more by this author.

6 out of 7 stars

6 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: Where The Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)

  1. I’ve heard such good things about this one. I bought the ebook quite a while ago now but have just never gotten around to reading it. So glad to see you enjoyed it!

  2. It was pretty compulsive reading and I thought it was really well done – just didn’t QUITE live up to the enormous hype. It’s the author’s first and only novel at the moment, though!

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