Delia Owens: Where The Crawdads Sing


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.


I’ve heard a lot about Where The Crawdads Sing this year and I really wanted  to see what everyone is talking about for myself. Firstly, Owens’ writing is absolutely beautiful and it conjures up wonderful images of the marsh and the lifestyle of Kya and her family which really helped me to connect emotionally with the story. The novel is also peppered with beautiful poetry that definitely increased my ability to picture Kya’s surroundings.

The reader first meets Kya when she is a young child and the novel follows her journey into adulthood. It did take a while for the story to gel with me, but once it did, I was fully immersed in Kya’s life and the emotional turn of events. I loved seeing her grow. There were several moments where I wanted to jump inside the book and give her a hug. She is definitely a character who will stay in my mind long after this review is published.

As the plot progressed, I really wanted to know what would happen to Kya, and this makes some parts of the novel very tense. The author certainly gives us a lot to think about, and the ending fits the tone of the whole novel perfectly.

Where The Crawdads Sing is available from Amazon.

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