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Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Star Ratings

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Delia Owen’s work on imagery in this book is phenomenal. Her writing is lush and vivid. She did a great job at building the story in a way for readers to relate to the characters and plot, especially if they’re not familiar with how living life on marshlands would be like.

Hands down, Where the Crawdads Sing is one of my all-time favorite books, and it’s for a good reason. The story follows a young, resilient girl named Kya, also known as “Marsh Girl.” First, her mother leaves, then her siblings, even her ne’er do well father left her on her own. She survives without schooling, family, or any aid, finding her own ways to not only fend for herself but make a name for herself. Kya was able to turn all of her misfortunes and pain into something magical for herself, beyond what others would ever imagine she could do.

What a powerful and inspirational story, especially when viewed from a women empowering women standpoint.

This book made me feel, and I’m a big feeler. If you’re looking for a book to target all of your emotions, this may be the one for you. There’s resiliency, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. There’s a murder mystery, atmosphere, drama, coming of age, and romance. Moreover, all of this was incorporated and so well written by Owen.

It emanates a quiet power and pulls on all the heartstrings of how cruel humans can be to each other. Even from someone who is in a position of expecting to give love and compassion, such as the preacher’s wife in the story. She calls her [Kya] white trash and hurries her child away, convinced that Kya carries diseases. As you can see, there are so many heartbreaking moments in this book that made it really hard for me to put down, and I reached for my box of tissues a few times.

Published in 2018, Where the Crawdad Sings has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, stayed on the New York Times Bestsellers list for 2.5 years, has 46 international editions and editions and garnered over 700,000 5 star reviews.

Just yesterday, this fantastic book celebrated its long-awaited paperback edition and to boot, it’s soon to be a major motion picture. With that said, this is a majorly hyped book, and I do find that sometimes when things are overly hyped, it tends to accidentally disappoint with the amount of expectations that was created. So I’d like to give a disclaimer – you may not be completely blown away with it, but you won’t be disappointed either.

“She knew the years of isolation had altered her behaviour until she was different from others, but it wasn’t her fault she’d been alone. Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”

I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much.
I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.

Where the Crawdad Sing


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.