Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens | a spoiler free review

It took me a while to get through this book. I got off to a slow start reading it, and wasn’t sure if I’d want to finish it. But I read most of it today, and when I was reading it, I did not want to put it down. The book messed with me, made me think, and made me flip back pages to attempt to understand what was going on. Here’s what I thought of the novel Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens

Release Date: August 14th 2018 

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Genre: Historical fiction, mystery

Series? Standalone


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.

It wasn’t exactly that the book started off slow. It was more that I didn’t fully understand until later in the book, I wasn’t really able to immerse myself in the world of Kya and the marsh. I read little chunks of the boo, never more than a chapter or two at a time, for a while, and I was kind of in a bit of a reading slump. I couldn’t just sit down and read. But today, I saw that I was about halfway through the book and I was like “I’m going to finish reading this book today.”

So I read, and I read, and I read, and I couldn’t stop reading. There is something about this book that pulls you in. This book keeps you guessing, and takes you through every step of the mystery while never giving anything away.

You see the characters, especially Kya, evolve and grow. I was fascinated by Kya; in the book, we see here go from an abandoned little girl, to a teenager fending for herself, to a young adult with a complicated past and present. Kya is such an interesting and complicated character, you really get to know her, really understand her. I felt like that was especially amazing considering that the book is written in the 3rd person.

My rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Why? I really loved reading this book, and I thought that the writing was amazing, the characters were complex and interesting, and that the plot was just so thoroughly thought out, it really pulled you in. The one critique I have is that the start was a little slow. Other than that, I loved it!

Recommendable: Yes

To who? Those in search of a mystery, story about a girl, a story about prejudice, and the way that people treat those who are not like them.

Have you read Where the Crawdads Sing? Do you want to? What did you think of this review? Chat with me in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens | a spoiler free review

    1. Oh that’s wonderful!! I’m so glad you liked it; it’s an amazing book. I’m also so excited for the movie adaptation that comes out soon!


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