Book Review

Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens
Published: 2018, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Genre: Commercial
Setting: 1950’s-1970’s North Carolina

Part murder mystery, part ode to the lush beauty of the tidal marshes of North Carolina, Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, a young girl abandoned by her family in a southern backwater.

Alone in the wilderness, with only a shack to call home and birds for company, Kya spends years fending for herself while avoiding involvement from the outside world until loneliness drives her into the arms of an abusive man.

His untimely death brings the rural community to a halt, and suspicions of murder lead directly to her, the ‘Marsh Girl’.

This is my favorite read of 2018!

I usually avoid celebrity book recommendations, but this one caught my eye, and I’m so glad I didn’t let my prejudice dissuade me. 

Kya’s story alone could have moved the story forward with its exquisitely-woven descriptions and haunting portrayals of her solitary life, but, with the added mystery, I had trouble putting the book down.

I could wax poetic about my love for this book, but instead I’ll just say:

Read this wonderful debut! You will not be sorry.


Rating: 5/5


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