Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 12/12/2019
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Where the Crawdads Sing
A beautiful story set in the marshlands of North Carolina and one that will stay with you forever. I keep thinking about Kya and the struggle she had to ov... READ MORE
Kirsty at Alton
Where the Crawdads Sing
This book will leave sand in your sheets
3 1/2 rounded down. The first half of this book was glorious, I never wanted it to end. It reminded me of “the girl of the limberlost” but wilder. The desc... READ MORE
grace machon
Where the Crawdads Sing
One of the best books i've read so far this year!
Hands down, one of the best books I've read this year. I'd have never picked it up normally but my friend was so enthused by it that I read it on her recom... READ MORE
Jodie - Plymouth Drake Circus
Where the Crawdads Sing
Captivating and beautiful
The setting and the characters are beautifully written and are wonderfully descriptive. Themes of loneliness and nature are explored through Kya, known by ... READ MORE
Laura at Blackpool
Where the Crawdads Sing
At the beginning, I did not like the people in the town. At the end, I did not like Kya.
Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delio Owens has picked up hype via TikTok and the new film release which contributed to the reason for me to read this book. ... READ MORE
Olena at Wakefield
Where the Crawdads Sing
BEAUTIFUL! I loved how this book blended story with simply stunning nature writing. I could picture the swampy marsh of the North Carolina coast perfectly.... READ MORE
Emily Fordham
Where the Crawdads Sing
Great for book clubs
This is a phenomenal success story in the USA,set in the deep south where a young girl is left alone by her family in the marshes.She has to grow up by stu... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor
Where the Crawdads Sing
So much more than I expected
If you read the blurb of Where The Crawdads Sing you’d be forgiven for not realising the brilliance of the story and beauty within. I thought I was in fo... READ MORE
Where the Crawdads Sing
Not a huge fan
Whilst some of the nature writing in this book was beautiful overall I was disappointed. I appreciate I'm in the minority of people to not absolutely love ... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton
Where the Crawdads Sing
A Fine Holiday Read
I finally got round to reading this after every third person in the bookshop bought and recommended it to me. It is a perfectly good book. I think, for m... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Where the Crawdads Sing
Blew me away
OK, this blew me away. Unlike anything I've read before, Crawdads does something truly spectacular as the author weaves a story full of devastating hea... READ MORE
Jimbo James
Where the Crawdads Sing
A moving coming-of-age story
‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ has been a word-of-mouth phenomenon and I wasn’t sure if it would live up to the hype. However, my colleague Amanda would not sto... READ MORE
Sarah at Head Office


Winner of the British Book Awards Pageturner Book of the Year 2021 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. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781472154668
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 300g
  • Dimensions: 126 x 195 x 27 mm

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Where the Crawdads Sing
Beautiful and inspiring
Wow. That’s really all I can say right now. The praise that has been heaped on Owens’ book is extremely deserved. It’s so different from other books of its... READ MORE
Jayne Heywood
Where the Crawdads Sing
The hype makes no sense.
The praise for this book escapes me. The story is fairly predictable, it is far too long & it’s very clear to see it’s the writers first fiction novel. Kee... READ MORE
Eve Macklin
Where the Crawdads Sing
After the race reviews I expected more from this so while the evocation of the marsh and Kya's development both delivered I found the rest of the character... READ MORE
Martin Davies
Where the Crawdads Sing
Best book that I’ve read in a long time. Would recommend.
Where the Crawdads Sing
All the family liked it!
It arrived while i was away and my daughter (21) read it before i got back. I read it, very well drawn and plot driven too. Lent it to my 80 year old mum w... READ MORE
Mindy Noble
Where the Crawdads Sing
I was invested, but quickly lost interest
Following a lot of hype, I was excited to read this debut novel by Delia Owens, set on America’s North Carolina coast, from the 1940s through an incident i... READ MORE
Mark Rasdall
Where the Crawdads Sing
A slow start but a stunning read
Barkley Cove knows Kya as "The Marsh Girl". The girl who has lived alone in the marsh since she was young, the girl who keeps herself to herself and very r... READ MORE
Where the Crawdads Sing
A quick scan of my previous reviews (momobookdiary-com) will show that I read crime fiction and romance fiction - rarely much else gets my attention. This ... READ MORE
Where the Crawdads Sing
Very average book
This is a story about a young girl, Kya, who grows up living amongst the marshes of North Carolina. We are introduced to her from a young age, where we see... READ MORE
Aline Taylor
Where the Crawdads Sing
Where The Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing is not my usual genre, but I had seen so many wonderful reviews I decided to take a break from my usual thriller reads and try some... READ MORE
Tracy  Fenton
Where the Crawdads Sing
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens Home for Kya, is a small isolated house/shack on the swampy marshes of North Carolina. It is set in the late fiftie... READ MORE
david norman
Where the Crawdads Sing
A fantastic debut fiction novel!
Oh the hype surrounding this book! I had absolutely everyone recommending it to me, then when I started it at the beginning of this month, I just could not... READ MORE
Bookish Blonde
Where the Crawdads Sing
Crawdads... More like Crawbore
I must admit I found it boring. If you want a lethargic plot then this is for you.
Alice Hollingsworth-Hallett
Where the Crawdads Sing
Richly overwhelming
Everyone I know who's read this has raved about it, and I can see what they're talking about. Never a fan of murder stories, this obviously provides far mo... READ MORE
Anna Hall
Where the Crawdads Sing
A little bit of wonderful escapism
I was not disappointed with this wonderful book at all...….immediately it had me hooked page by page and I didn't want to put it down - from the underlying... READ MORE
Tania Gibbins
Where the Crawdads Sing
Best book of the year
Nothing I have read since has compared. Best book I have read in a long time - a must read.
Sophie  Ll
Where the Crawdads Sing
Where the crawdads sing - Delia Owens
Top marks for this one - a complicated story about murder, a truly dysfunctional family and survival told in spell-binding prose. I couldn’t put this book ... READ MORE
Elaine Grae
Where the Crawdads Sing
A mixed bag
This was a book group choice that came with high praise from several people and I can see the appeal of the book . The plot is intriguing and the author do... READ MORE
Diane Johnson
Where the Crawdads Sing
Innovative Fiction
This has to be my favourite read of 2020. Hugely well written, couldn’t put it down. I belong to a book group it’s on our reading list for 2021. Looking ... READ MORE
Trish Davidson
Where the Crawdads Sing
But then I read the first chapter & now I can’t put it down, this book transported me to kya’s home & journey
Lyn Easton
Where the Crawdads Sing
Loved it!!!!
I saw this book on booktok and wanted to see what it was all about. All I can say is it is DEFINITELY worth the hype!!! I didn’t know what to expect fr... READ MORE
Alice :)
Where the Crawdads Sing
Listened to most of this through the audiobook. Incredible writing and unbelievable narrating. Highly recommend.
Kate Martin
Where the Crawdads Sing
Good read
Not my usual genre but I enjoyed it
Where the Crawdads Sing
My Lockdown Read
A most beautifully written book. Not once was I tempted to skip a sentence. Set in an area I knew nothing about, I was drawn in by the wonderful descriptio... READ MORE
Stephanie Geraghty
Where the Crawdads Sing
Nice but predictable
Enjoyable book to read but feel like there’s a lack of depth to the characters and the story is quite predictable. A lot of telling rather than showing thr... READ MORE
Olivia Armer
Where the Crawdads Sing
This is a book that will stay with me for a very long time and one that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone that will listen. The world the author create... READ MORE
David McIlwrath
Where the Crawdads Sing
Eclectic and illusory
A fascinating story of growing up abused then abandoned. Kya’s tale of survival thanks to her world of nature is spell bindingly unputdownable. Her friends... READ MORE
Patricia Simcock
Where the Crawdads Sing
A definite grower
I have to admit I found the beginning of this book hard to get into. However, I’m so glad I persevered because once it got going it was a beautiful story. ... READ MORE
Rebecca Fox
Where the Crawdads Sing
absolutely beautiful
This was such an astonishing and beautifully written book! I was gripped from the first page. Would definitely recommend to everyone!
Dottie Fennelly-Hunt
Where the Crawdads Sing
Where The Crawdad Sings
I've been seeing reviews of this book everywhere for at least a year now, so I finally bought it. I wasn't sure I would like it at first if I'm honest. I d... READ MORE