Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I bought Where the Crawdads Sing purely on the strength of seeing it on social media a lot. I had no idea what it was about. But I’m very glad I bought it!

In 1969, a handsome and popular young man is found dead outside the quiet town of Barkley Cove in North Carolina. Although there is no evidence of murder, local people suspect the mysterious ‘Marsh Girl’. But the Marsh Girl isn’t what they think she is.

The book then goes back to 1952, as four-year-old Kya Clark watches her mum walk out of their home, never to return. Before she knows it, Kya is completely own and having to fend for herself in her shack on the edge of the marsh. Kya doesn’t go to school and is afraid of people. The townspeople don’t understand her, so she lives on her own, with just the wildlife for company.

The book goes backwards and forwards between the investigation into the death of Chase Andrews and Kya’s childhood. As Kya grows up, two young men come into her life and try to get to know the Marsh Girl. Kya begins to believe that there could be another life for her away from the marsh. But is she destined to be the Marsh Girl forever? And is it only the prejudice of the townsfolk which connects her to the death of Chase Andrews?

Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautiful read, which paints a vivid picture of Kya’s life on the edge of the marsh and all of the wildlife which surrounds her. I found it a bit of a slow burner and I didn’t fall in love with it immediately, like I do with some books. But I definitely fell in love with it long before the end. Kya’s life reminded me a bit of Turtle’s life in My Absolute Darling. Although a less brutal read, the situation of an abandoned girl living in extreme poverty and in desperate need of a friend, was similar.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a fairly easy read and very rewarding. Whatever genre you enjoy, I would definitely recommend it.

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  1. I’m glad you reviewed this book as I’ve had my eye on it for a while. The only thing that puts me off is that you said it’s a slow burner and I know that I’m not good with those kind of books. It does sound like a good read though. Would you recommend My Absolute Darling over it?

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    • It’s not the slowest of slow burners, so hopefully it wouldn’t be too bad for you! I would recommend this over My Absolute Darling, which is quite disturbing. This is disturbing in its own way, but as it’s so beautifully written, that aspect isn’t as obvious.

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  2. This sounds like a really original story and your review makes me intrigued to read it – I wonder if we find out where Kya’s mum disappeared to?

    #ReadWithMe

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    • I’ve never read anything quite like it and I have only seen positive reviews of it. It’s well worth a read!

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  3. This is not the sort of book I’d normally be drawn to, but I’m actually drawn to it from your review. Will add to the TBR list.
    Thanks for sharing
    #ReadWithMe

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    • Thanks very much, I don’t think you will be disappointed. I haven’t heard of a single person who hasn’t been very moved by this book.

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  4. I’ve been recommended this on several occasions – definitely one to pick I feel!

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    • It sounds like it could be time for you to give it a go! I’ve only heard good things about this one, which is unusual. I think most books with a lot of hype around them have people who don’t like them and don’t see what the fuss is about.

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  5. I can’t make my mind up whether I want to add this to my TBR list. I certainly like the theme, but I don’t tend to enjoy books set in this era as much as others

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    • It might not be for everyone, but it is one of the few books I’ve never heard a bad word about! I find myself more open to trying different eras in my reading now.

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  6. I’ve heard so many good things about this book!! Thanks for the review #readwithme

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    • It is such a good book. I haven’t heard a single bad review of it. I would definitely recommend it!

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