August Book Club Pick: Where the Crawdads Sing

5/5 Stars
Reviewed by: Annie
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Published by: Putnam Books, August 14th 2018
Pages: 368

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Overeturns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

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 Karen Russell, 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


You know when you’re getting to the end of a book and you start to panic because there can’t possibly be enough pages left for a resolution….?

Delia Owens’ debut novel is a magnificent survival story laced with gorgeous imagery and symbolism through nature, loneliness, friendship, and mystery. Packed with unforgettable characters, lessons and masterful storytelling.

Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, the “Marsh Girl” living on her own in the wilderness of North Carolina from the young age of seven onwards. Kya’s life is a series of people leaving her behind to fend for herself, shaping her into the fierce, resilient, and reserved character that she is.

It begins when her ‘Ma’ decides to leave her mean and abusive ‘Pa’ never to return. Shortly thereafter her siblings and eventually her Pa walk out of her life, leaving her alone at seven years old, living in a shack in the marsh to survive on her own in near complete isolation.

Through her extreme isolation, Kya experiences an undisturbed front row seat to the developing ecosystems around her. She observes the animalistic tendencies, natural survival instincts and primitive urges from the insects, birds and animals in her life. Her best friends are the gulls, that is until she meets Tate, a soft spoken gentle character who teachers her how to read.

As she grows up away from the townsfolk, haunting rumours begin to grow about the “Marsh Girl”. When local football star Chase Andrews is found dead with no evidence left behind, Kya is immediately suspected and faces cruel prejudice from the town.

Where the Crawdads Sing is beautifully depictive, powerfully poetic, and deeply moving. I absolutely adored the story’s central protagonists, Kya, Tate, Jumpin’ and Tom.

I was hanging on to every word in this story, careful not to miss a single clue or hint.

Written as beautifully as a poem painted as carefully as a work of art, Where the Crawdads Sing will have you holding your breath until the very last page.

Reviewed by: Annie


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