Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing Summary

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 15 million copies sold, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”

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.

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.

Book Reviews


A phenomenal read5 star

Beautiful..amazing..could not put this book down. Touched me dearly.55


What a Wonderful Book5 star

This was a touching story that I really enjoyed!55

Brecken Wilson

Couldn’t put it down!5 star

People had been recommending this book for years and I finally got around to reading it, and wish I had much sooner. A beautiful read, beautiful writing, and wonderful attention to detail!55


A once in a lifetime novel5 star

No one word can describe this book. I can humbly only say, “OUTSTANDING “ John Rahn55

Troubled mind, Broken Heart

Amazing5 star

Could not put down. The life and imagery brought in by each paragraph gave way to a surreal world that is unbiased and raw. As some may believe there is rasicm, I will clearly state there is none. This book tells the story honestly within the time as to not shatter the imagery. The rasicm viewed is the reality of that time, not of the author. It is because she bravely and respectfully included historically accurate views and language that the story continued to flow so fluidly. A true work of art that puts the reader in a melancholy yet introspective view of themselves and others around them. Thank you.55


5 stars5 star

I loved this book. I enjoyed the details of all things nature. Really helped paint the picture in my head. The last chapter has got to be my favorite part. Was not expecting it. I have yet to see the movie but I hear great things about that too.55


Must read5 star

Simply amazing and stunningly written. Your heart is captivated from the first word to the last word written.55


Perfect for this story5 star

I loved the honesty and mystery in this story. More enthusiasm with each page, all of the way…to the end of the story.55


Just okay2 star

Not a fan of “love stories.”25


Amazing!5 star

Great book! Can’t wait to see the movie and be able to know what’s going through the characters minds.55

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