Book Review: Where The Crawdads Sing by Della Owens

Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
By: Delia Owens
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 384
Release Date: August 14th, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: 

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.


This was my January book club read. I have to say, I loved the first three quarters of this book. It was a wonderful story of love and heartache with a murder mystery mixed in. The part that I didn't enjoy, and this is personal preference is the chapters about the trial. I hate trials, they seem so slow and drawn out and there is really no content to them, only a lot of dialog.

Great book club read with great discussion points. What did you think about the trial chapters?

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