Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens





Catherine D. Clark, known to friends as Kya grew up in the marsh and has been alone for most of her life. Left by her mother and siblings, and eventually her father, she must fend for herself. However, she longs to be loved and is torn between two men from town. Townsfolk call her “Marsh Girl” and she faces intense judgment from them over the years. Kya comes under scrutiny when a mysterious death of a local man has signs pointing to her. The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman who has the intrinsic desire to belong to a group.


The prose was beautiful, it made you feel like you were standing in that marsh with Kya. However, it didn’t close out all the open items and I really wished it had. Instead, it left me questioning what really happened.

I also didn’t feel super connected to the main character so at times I had a hard time caring about her struggle. I found myself hoping she would make the life change she needed, but Kya stayed stuck in her ways and lived with anxiety about people.

I recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction with a lyrical and romantic writing style. This is the only fiction book by Delia Owen who spends her time advocating for the conservation of endangered animals with her husband. She also writes non-fiction with her husband about their adventures in Africa.


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Other Books by this Author

Secrets of the Savannah by Mark and Delia Owens Eye of the Elephant by Mark and Delia Owens Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens