Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

fiction historical mystery
emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced

384 pages | first published 2018

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.

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emotional 75%
mysterious 64%
reflective 45%
sad 39%
adventurous 29%
hopeful 27%
inspiring 26%
dark 17%
tense 15%
challenging 10%
informative 9%
relaxing 6%
funny 1%
lighthearted 1%


medium 62%
slow 28%
fast 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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