Book review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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Where the Crawdads Sing is, without a doubt, worthy of a five star rating. Second only to A Little Life, this novel is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I have no doubts that, going forwards, it will always remain one of my favourite books.

A review of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens on a windowsill alongside a blanket and a cup of tea

Where the Crawdads Sing: Plot Synopsis

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.


The main storyline switches between past and present, between 1952 and 1970, and follows the story of Kya Clark, dubbed ‘the marsh girl’ by her neighbours. Readers follow Kya from the age of six and 25, as she grows up alone in the marshlands of North Carolina, as one by one she watches her family members abandon her.

Delia Owens writes in such a poetic way, it actually took my breath away in places. Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of resilience, hope, heartbreak, loneliness, love, loss and strength.  It’s a book that I love so much I’m actually struggling to find the words to describe why it is so incredible.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens on a windowsill alongside a blanket and a cup of tea

Complete with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you on your toes right until the final page. The book is also full to the brim with beautiful descriptions that are so vivid they will leave you feeling as if you really are sitting in amongst the marsh yourself. But it isn’t just a book about nature, Owens also takes her time in building her characters and so you find yourself not just captivated by the area that they live within, but by them too.

A Number One New York Times Bestseller, and soon to be a major film, Where the Crawdads Sing is a novel that I know I will return to time after time, so I have no issues recommending it on to others.

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