2022 · mystery · romance

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Title: Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens


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.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I went into this book basically not knowing what it’s about, only that it’s a mystery. I’m almost glad I went into it that way because it was such an amazing experience seeing the story unfold in front of me.

This was such a peculiar story, a girl who, due to tragic family events, is left alone at the young age and has to take care of herself, all while living in a marsh and being basically ‘shunned’ by people. All alone, with the company of her birds, as she grows up, inside her is still an unhealed child.

Kya was such an amazing main character. Even if you wouldn’t agree with some of her actions and you tell yourself ‘She should’ve done this!’ you can’t say that she’s not a unique and beautifully written character.

I love how the story shifts from Kya’s young life to the 70s and the murder trial and you never know what to expect next. The mystery element of this was so captivating, I couldn’t stop reading it. I just wanted to know what exactly happened. This is the thing about this book – there are hints that something did (or didn’t) happen but you don’t know for sure. I managed to finish this in 2 sittings!

I was confused but interested until the very ending and I must say it wasn’t unexpected but it still shocked me. I loved this book and all of it’s aspects – the love story, the beautiful friendship between Kya and Jumpin, family and the perfect revenge. This is such an amazing book and I want to recommend it to everyone. This is not a romance or a mystery, it’s a mix of so many things all at once and I think everyone would enjoy it.

I do want to read books that are similar to this one and I am now leaning more and more towards mystery. But, to summarize, this book was a game changer for me, such a beautiful story.

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