Book Reviews, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery
Pages: 370
Dates Read: April 13, 2021
Format: Audiobook

GoodReads Synopsis

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life’s lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.

My Review


This book was not what I was expecting, but I am so glad I picked this one up! I was not expecting it to be a mystery story as much as it was.

I truly enjoyed this story, but it did start off a bit slow for me. I think I just needed time to adjust to the writing style and the timeline jumps. Once I got about 20% in though, I was completely hooked!

AND THAT ENDING! I was so stunned by it, I had to give myself a time out to process it afterward lol

The only reason I knocked off one star, was because I found the dialogue to be very odd to read, and I felt it made the characters a bit annoying, but not bad enough to take away from the story for me.

Overall a really enjoyable read though. Definitely lived up to the hype.

About the Author

DELIA OWENS is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa—Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She currently lives in Idaho, where she continues her support for the people and wildlife of Zambia. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.

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