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

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Frighteningly realistic4 star

A little slow to start but couldn’t put it down after about 10 chapters.45


Simply amazing!5 star

One of the best I have read!55


Incredible storytelling5 star

Wow. Amazing book 💙55


Where the crawdads sing5 star

Amazing book !! Best book I have read in a very long time !55


So good!!!3 star

I only have one complaint: when she first met Tate, the book describes how she “had to have that boy” and things of that sort. That’s confusing and unrealistic because she was around 6/7 years old. No 6 year old is going to view boys like that. Other than that one instance, this book was so descriptive and was one that I couldn’t put down. It only took me a couple days to read! Definitely a must read!!35


100 outta 10 ★5 star

Thickening plot with each turn of the page! Beautifully written book connecting nature, heart break, romance, & mystery all in 1. I’m not sure I’ve ever finished a book in two sittings before, till now.55

cmp ROTE

A story of love5 star

Captivating and poignant. Powerful and tender.55

Shalene Woods

So Good!5 star

Beautifully written! Total page turned. I couldn’t put it down.55


Captivating5 star

The way science, nature and poetry are woven into the twists and turns of this artfully crafted plot was a joy to experience.55


Highly recommend5 star

Gripping and beautifully written55

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