Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

byDelia Owens

Kobo ebook | August 14, 2018

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**#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon

"Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review

"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--Bustle**

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.

Title:Where the Crawdads SingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 14, 2018Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735219117

ISBN - 13:9780735219113

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I've never read a book quite like this before. I was drawn in right from the beginning. It is a light read that keeps you interested through till the end. Loved the ending!
Date published: 2019-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adored this book! I truly never write book reviews but I’ve been done this book for a couple of weeks and I’m still thinking about it. It’s different and so we’ll written. You can’t help but love the characters and feel all of the emotions of the main character. I honestly don’t think you would be disappointed in this one!
Date published: 2019-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I’ve read in a long time! This book is an amazing combination of intrigue, family drama, romance and wonder for the natural world. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver.
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved I love this author so I was excited when this book was recommended to me. Love it and would recommend to everyone
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! I absolutely loved this book, one of the best I've read in a long time. Some people thought it was slow moving but I didn't think it was slow moving at all. I think it's destined to become a classic and would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2019-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Man’s Desire to Survive Delia Owens Masters the setting of the novel and uses that setting to explain the protagonist’s understanding of the world. I think Kya had extraordinary strength to fend for herself at such an early age. This is a bit of a stretch for me. Still, I loved the book for its intriguing development of characters.
Date published: 2019-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #1 Summer Read I loved everything about this novel. Absolutely brilliant!
Date published: 2019-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK! You know when you read a book and you're literally stalling as you don't want it to end? This book caused that feeling. Such a rich and immersive book. I became invested in the characters and through all the challenges, it was such an uplifting and rewarding read. Hands down the best read I have had this summer!
Date published: 2019-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a treasure I was so sad when the book ended but I loved the ending. The book was so beautifully written leaving the reader captivated and within the pages. I love this book and recommend this book to all but especially for people who need to see that people can be strong when things go really bad
Date published: 2019-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story loved it...especially the little twist in the end...easy quick read sometimes slow but i still couldn't put the book down
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book I could not stop reading this book. Definitely would recommend
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed I read this book over the long weekend.....I found it a little slow at times but was entertained
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this!!! I found it a little slow to start but once i got into it, i could not put it down. Such a great story!!
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definately in my top 10 I love this book! If you love a great story this book is for you. But more than that if you love the natural world you will be in awe of Owen's writing describing the beauty of nature. I rooted for Kya until the end and atlhough her life was tragic in some ways I long to be her.
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Magical There are no words to do this majestic piece of literature justice. I have not read something so riveting, thoughtful, poetic, and beautifully written as this in a LONG TIME! I cannot understand what held me back from reading this for so long, and I feel like it will stay with me for a long time to come. It is something I will forever recommend, continuously gift to those who admire and enjoy reading as much as I do, and will always hold a special place in my heart, and superior spot on my shelves. Kya (Catherine Danielle Clark) has lived a trying life of hardship. Abandoned by her mother and siblings, abused by her father (physically and emotionally); Kya was left alone to raise herself. Through this hardship, she created a maternal and familial bond to nature and the marsh that fed her, raised her, and provided her with a sense of security and home. Having only attended a single day at the local school Kya was illiterate until she befriended Tate, a local boy who taught her to read, and to love. When Tate leaves for University, he leaves Kya and all their memories behind. Kya once again finds herself alone and seeks refuge in Chase Andrews, the local star athlete and resident ladies man. Years later, when a set of local boys find Chase’s dead body by the Fire Tower, the town points all fingers to Kya “The Marsh Girl”, but the secrets and stories that unfold have several sides; and justice must be served. Who do you trust: the girl society deems less because of where she lives and how she does not fit the mold of what is considered the norm, or the social elite who claim whatever they please whether it is rightfully theirs, or not?
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book definitely hit me in the feels. A beautiful story about a girl who has faced rejection and isolation at almost every turn, her struggle to find a human connection and her love for the only constant in her life...the marsh.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost a 5 star I would have rated this book a 5 star, if it wasn’t for the drawn out ending. The book lost some power/effect when it went too far by summarizing the rest of her life.
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I had a hard time getting into the book at the beginning but once I got into this book I couldn’t put it down. The story was a beautiful love story and the twist was like wow I couldn’t put this book down. It also mad me sad and then I was so happy the ending took my breath away what a shock....Left me with so many questions..... I would recommend this book as a must read.
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story. I thoroughly enjoyed the courage and romance with such a surprise twist at the end.
Date published: 2019-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing Absolutely worth all the book club hype. Such beautiful writing. The story was entrancing and I absorbed it in one day!
Date published: 2019-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Could not put this down! The story...the imagery...this book was an absolute page turner!
Date published: 2019-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised I started to read this book because I kept seeing it getting recommended online. It took me a couple of chapters to get into the book but once I became more familiar with the characters I couldn't put it down. I didn't want the book to end.
Date published: 2019-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my new favourites This book was so beautiful, it is hard to describe how much I loved it. It was everything; poignant, gripping, heartwarming, sad, happy, and more. Delia Owens captures the quiet beauty of the marsh world in a new light, and spins Kya's tale in a way that will keep you hooked on this book. I couldn't put it down! Please please please read this book!
Date published: 2019-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! This is one of the best books that I have read in quite some time. It captures your heart and keeps you mesmerized until the very end. I highly recommend it
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated book I had heard how great this book was. I found it lacking and kind of simplistic in scope. Reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird in some ways...a young poor girl, in the Deep South and a court case. It a good summer read but certainly not deserving of all the hype. There are better ones out there.
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read amazing read was well written and it was a quick easy read good for a rainy weekend
Date published: 2019-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved The perfect read. Well written, strong characters. Read in 2 days. You won’t regret. This book stays with you
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel The author has fantastic composition. Easy to read writing style that was smooth for most of the book. It really piqued my interest during part 2 and only got better from there. It’s definitely not 5 stars for me, but I do see where the hype comes from, and I would read future books by this author. I would recommend.
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Immediate Favourite! I read this book in a weekend. It immediately draws you in to Kya, the 'Marsh Girl's' life and keeps you there. I could not put this book down. For a first novel, Delia Owens did a fantastic job writing it. I look forward to know if she comes out with any other novels. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absorbing tale Beginning in 1952, "Where the Crawdads Sing" tells the story of Catherine Danielle Clark, known as "Kya" or the "Marsh Girl". Living in poverty with her family in the marshes of rural North Carolina, Kya is 6 years old when the story begins. Her father was abusive, and as a result her mother and her siblings left their lives behind. Several years later, when her father deserts her, Kya is left to fend for herself. With no formal education, Kya scrounges to support herself, isolated from others and with few personal relationships. She develops friendships with two local boys, Tate (who taught her to read) and Chase. In 1969, when Kya is 23 years old, Chase is found dead, and Kya is accused of killing him. Beautifully written, "Where the Crawdads Sing" is a story of loneliness, strength, and endurance which will stay with the reader for a long time. A great read!
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read This novel is so beautifully written that it absorbs the reader within the first few pages! The character descriptions and descriptions of the natural world are exquisite. There were times that I laughed and I cried and I had to force myself to close the book at the end of the day. I have never read a novel like this before. Even the ending is written in a way that stays with you long after the last page is turned.
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This is a contender for the best book I have ever read. And I have never felt that way about a novel before! I can't recall a time I was SO sad when a book ended because I didn't want to let go of the characters (specifically the protagonist here). The plot was spectacular and the writing was amazing. I really couldn't put this book down, but also tried to stop myself from reading so fast because I never wanted this to end. I hope Owens writes another book, because I will be thinking about this book for a very long time.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! The writing is beautiful and the story line is hauntingly wonderful. I laughed and cried and stayed up way too late reading it because I just had to know what happened next.
Date published: 2018-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable This book is MAGNIFICENT. I don't know that I 100% knew what I was getting into with this book, and in return I came out with one of my top 10 reads of 2018. Delia Owens has written something absolutely unbelievable with this debut novel. When a prominent member of the local community has been found dead, the locals can only assume the mysterious March Girl has something to do with it. But Marsh Girl is not who they think - rather they have no idea who Kya is at all. Moving between the present investigation, and the decades past where we see Kya grow up in the marsh, the story unfolds to draw the reader in while falling head over heels in love with Kya. How Delia writes the swamp is so marvellously descriptive and atmospheric. I felt like I was in the swamp myself, and more importantly, I fell in love with this swamp. I wanted to be there, as it felt like somewhere I have visited before. I am hugely in love with Kya's character as well. The complexity of who she was, her past and how resilient she is made me want to go out to the marsh to befriend her myself. I loved that there was no end to how she developed, changed and evolved as a character. It was delicious. I could read stories of Kya's life all day long. Mixed in with a little mystery, and this is literally one of the most perfect books I could have hoped for as a reader. I adore this story, and I cannot stop recommending it to other readers. Pick this book up. This will be topping Best Book lists everywhere this year.
Date published: 2018-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular Kya's story struck such a chord within me. As I dove into the novel I became so enveloped in her life, ,what she saw, what she felt, what she lived. In many ways I resonated so much with her spirit, and her experiences. I found great comfort in this book that I would never have expected to find. I recommend this book for the nature and for the art, for the love between nature and human, the power of love from within our own being, for the beauty of hope and resilience. it is a book of the soul who feels rejected,secluded, abandoned, but rises up with beautiful passion and strength always remaining authentic to the inner voice who is always there for you, even when you feel as if you are alone.
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story, a great novel! This book is so good, I am so glad I purchased it. As a previous reviewer mentioned it was originally on Reese Witherspoons book list. It is beautifully written and could not put it down, an amazing story to the very end.
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and beautiful read This book was originally on Reese Witherspoons book list and I can honestly say she did it again!!! What an amazing and unique read. I devoured this book and didn't want it to end. This book is about a "Marsh Girl" who grows up in the marsh and it's her story of survival and how she sees the world through her eyes. The author takes you to this magical place and paints a picture of the area Kya is in down to the very science. This book made me laugh, cry,smile and I felt a little bi polar reading it but such a GREAT read!! I hope the author comes out with another book because this one was a hit. (less)
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE This book had me from the very beginning & just took over my life for 2 days. What a great debut novel.
Date published: 2018-10-09

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**#1 New York Times BestsellerA Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon"Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--Bustle**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.