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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 ...more
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Published August 14th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*5 Stars, easily!*

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING
is a gentle yet symbolic depiction of the valiant survival of Kya Clark—a reclusive young girl who has been abandoned by her parents, siblings, school system, the entire town surrounding her, and what ultimately feels like life itself.

Mother Nature has literally become Kya’s caretaker, and deep in a lonely Marsh along the North Carolina coast is where Kya will not only hide, but blossom into a primal independent being, coaxed inside the loyal embrace of
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Debra
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the Stars!!!!!

Can I just say that I loved everything about this book and leave it at that!?!

Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of resiliency, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. This book goes back and forth in time to tell the story of Kya Clark a.k.a. the Marsh girl. She lives on the outskirts of town, in the Marsh, and the locals look down their noses at her, she is judged, ridiculed and bullied. But there are those who show her kind
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JanB
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
You know that person? The one who doesn't like what everyone else seems to love? There has to be someone in the outlier club and this time it is me. I was highly anticipating this book after reading all the praise from readers whose tastes usually align with my own. Unfortunately, I should have DNF'd this one when very early in the book, my eyes glazed over and I began skimming pages and pages of descriptive writing. The author is a nature writer and those sections were undoubtably well-written. ...more
Emily May
Apr 24, 2019 marked it as dnf
» 4.53 across 160,000 ratings on Goodreads.
» 400+ holds at my library (I actually had to buy this).
» #1 on the Amazon charts.
» On virtually every Book Club's reading list.

...and I can’t finish it.

I’m sorry. I do realise with those numbers it is definitely me. I read all of Part 1 and the first chapter of Part 2, then I gave up at page 156. Nothing seemed to be happening other than Kya fishing and cooking grits. There are lots of pretty nature metaphors like:
Waves slammed one another, awash in
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Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm typically skeptical of books that are hyped to high heavens and end up on every book club list for months straight, not because they aren't worthy, but because I can let my expectations get the best of me and keep me from fully enjoying a wonderful book. This book exceeded my already high expectations; it emanates a quiet power, a slow drawing in and connection of reader to book, one that I found myself able to get lost in due to the lush atmosphere and the depth of emotion. I can see now wh ...more
Angela M
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up .
A story of survival, of what the depth of loneliness feels like when a young girl is abandoned first by her mother, then her four siblings. Even at five Kya understands why they left - because of her father, because of his meanness, his abuse, his drinking. What she doesn’t understand is why they left her behind and neither could I. She remains pretty much alone since her father comes and goes until he doesn’t come back. It was gutting as she sits on the beach with the gull
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Dianne
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the parts of this book that were related to the marsh and the natural world, but the story itself did not wow me. I am definitely in the minority here - many glowing reviews, but it had a “women’s literature” flavor to me that I don’t personally care for.

A nice fiction debut for Owens; just not my cuppa.
Jessica Woodbury
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
All of you talked me into reading this book. The Goodreads reviews were virtually unanimously good, not just good, great. It had to be good, I thought. And because I needed an extra audiobook I bought it on Libro.fm and locked myself into reading it. Bad decision.

This book is just a pile of tropes and cliches dressed up in some nice nature writing. The plot is not much of a plot and the mystery makes up only a small section of the book, and much of it ends up being courtroom scenes and not much
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jessica
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
there are currently 582 people waiting for this book at my library. at first i thought that notification was a glitch; but then i read this, this impossibly tender story, and now im shocked as to why the waitlist isnt twice that.

there is a reason this book has become so sought after, and it feels like a privilege to have experienced it. this is one of the most memorable coming-of-age stories i have read in quite some time. it is a story that proves the growth of a person and the cultivation of
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Diane S ☔
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MEMORABLE CHARACTERS AND MEMORABLE STORY. For me to rate a book five stars it has to give me something bout of the ordinary, make me feel. Most of all it has to be a book or contain a character or characters that I won't forget. Above all it has to make me feel. This book did all three. Kya, aka Catherine Clark, the Marsh girl is an unforgettable character, abandoned by her mother at she six, her siblings shortly after. By ten she was alone in the Marsh raising herself, her main source of comfor ...more
Elyse Walters
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Library Overdrive Audiobook... read by
Cassandra Campbell ....

Listening to this book was a ‘fantastic’ choice!!!
I plan to buy the physical book, too.
I want to re-read many of the sentences - see them in written book form...and own a book by Delia Owens. She’s a one-of-a-kind-author!!!

This book could easily become a modern classic!

The prose is so outstanding — gorgeous—
that the smells and visuals of the wildlife — made me feel as if I was there too.

— a world with no walls—
birds, nests, wate
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Christina - Traveling Sister
4.5 all aboard the hype train stars!!!

Full review along with a few recipes for a decadent southern fried feast featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!

When Kya Clark is 6 years old, she watches as her mother walks away from her, seemingly without a second thought. With the departure of their matriarch, the Clark family slowly but surely vanishes into the marsh that will become the only family Kya will ever know. Her siblings leave shortly after her mother, leaving Kya alone with her father who ne
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Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
***I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS BOOK MAKING THE #1 SPOT ON THE NYT Bestseller list, I knew this would be a winner***

Oh how beautifully mesmerizing this book is. I’ve moved this book to the #1 spot in my list of favorite books of 2018. Thanks to my Goodreads friends Angela and Diane for bringing this book to my attention :)

This 5* book is masterfully written, with outstanding character development. That alone would be a great book but there is much more. There is a love story and mystery woven thro
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Matthew
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: ~☆~Autumn♥♥
At the time of reading, this book seems to be the most hyped book in my Goodreads feed. Not a minute goes by without a review or update from this book popping up. If you know me, you know that no matter the type of book or the subject matter, if it is hyped I want to give it a go. With that in mind, when I started this, the only thing I knew about it was its hype – I knew zero about the story, genre, type of book, etc. I just had a cover and a title!

Did it live up to the hype?

I think it did. I w
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Julie
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a 2018 G.P. Putnam's Sons publication.
One part mystery, one part legal drama, one part coming of age story, and one part love story- equals a full heartrending poignant tale that will leave you gasping for air.

Barkley Cove, North Carolina- 1969

Kya Clark- aka- “The Marsh Girl’ has been abandoned, one by one, by every single person in her life. She lives by the seat of her pants, in a shack, eluding everyone, except a friend of her brother’s named, Tate.
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kya ran to the porch, watching her mother walking down the sandy lane in her fake alligator skin heels, her only going out pair, holding a blue train case. She never wore those heels and she never carried a case. That was the last time Kya saw her Ma. There has been fights before and Ma has left several times but she always came back. Over the next few weeks, Kya's oldest brother and two sisters left too. They were tired of Pa's red faced rages, which started out as shouts, then escalated into f ...more
Liz
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I can’t get over how perfect this book is. The writing grabbed me from literally the first page and kept me entranced. And the story! How can your heart not help but ache for Kya? First her mother leaves, then her siblings, even her ne’er do well father. Left to her own devices by the entire town, she survives without schooling or any aid. The preacher’s wife calls her white trash and hurries her child away from Kya convinced she carries disease.

The marsh is a character in its own right. Owens
...more
Betsy Robinson
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Normally I would not finish let alone review a book I disliked as much as I did this one, but since I bought the book and am reading it for my book club, I’ve decided to say what I think:

I found the writing of this romance/murder mystery to be painfully schizophrenic—almost as if there were two different authors: an experienced one for the vivid narrative and an amateur for dialogue and character development (which in fact may be the case, since the author’s
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 trilling stars to Where the Crawdads Sing! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I am super excited to share this review with you because the book is on my favorites list for this year. The writing is lovely, and the storytelling is brilliant.

Barclay Cove is a quiet place along the North Carolina coast. I tried to imagine this setting and time period, as someone familiar with the area, and I could not quite fit where it was in reality; however, using the author’s extraordinary gift for description without being overly fl
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Stunning, enchanting & emotive!

So before I start off with my review there is something that I must confess to. While reading this novel there was always this niggling annoyance in the forefront of my mind telling me that I wasn’t connecting with the third person narrative here. I am not exactly sure what it was for me but that really bothered me that I wasn’t able to give this story my whole heart. Regardless of not connecting with the third person narrative I thought this story and the word
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Paromjit
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly beautiful novel from Delia Owens, totally immersive, an ode to the natural environment and the marshes in particular. Catherine Danielle Clark, aka Kya, is 6 years old when her mother leaves their shack in the remote wilderness of the North Carolina coastal marshes, next to the town of Barkley Cove. Her family is desperately poor, and before long her siblings follow suit, abandoning her to the care of her alcoholic, neglectful and abusive father, and at 14 years old, he too ...more
KAS
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Literary fiction at it’s finest, and a haunting mystery I will never forget.
My words would fall short for the accolades this book deserves.

Thanks, and much appreciation once again, to my local library for providing this audiobook. Truly mesmerizing!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Fantastic narrator!



Beautiful and sad!



Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
3.5 stars. Heartbreakingly unforgettable. Deeply symbolic. Hauntingly atmospheric.

This is the story of Kya, a ‘marsh girl’ who grows up isolated from society. Abandoned by her mother at the tender age of six, Kya is left vulnerable and constantly awaiting her return. At the age of ten, Kya is deserted by the rest of her family, leaving her completely alone to fend for herself in the wild and unruly marsh. There are a few characters that enter Kya’s life, each having a direct impact on her devel
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Annet
Lovely poetic and still book. Full of atmosphere. Great story. Great writing. Beauty poems in the book illustrating the story, enchanting. Sort of surprise ending (or not....) 4 stars plus.
Wow.... many recommended this book already and I would recommend it too.
As usual, for those who me... more to follow! Now it's time for bed and work tomorrow, CU here online soon :-)

As night fell, Tate walked back toward the shack. But when he reached the lagoon, he stopped under the deep canopy and watched h
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Karen
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing first novel by this author!
In the marsh land, near the North Carolina coast, the youngest child of a big, poor family is first left by her mother, her brother and later her father...she is such a little girl and left to fend for herself.... so heartbreaking!
This story lets us follow her entire life, a life that is mostly very lonely.
Part coming of age story, part love story, part mystery...these characters will really pull you in!
I just loved it!!

Thank you to Netgalley and G.P
...more
Larry H
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It seemed like everyone had read this one already and couldn't stop raving about it. For some reason, despite all the hype, I just wasn't sure about this one—I thought it was going to be like the Jodie Foster movie Nell , about a feral girl alone in the woods who speaks her own language and somehow gets all tangled up in the real world.

While there is a little bit of the girl-against-the-world thing, I needn't have worried. This book is heartfelt, warm, and endearing, and utterly deserving of t
...more
Sara
I seem to be finding myself in the minority a lot these days. The first half of this book was pretty close to marvelous, and then it went south on me (that is a pun). Anyway, after my attempt at weak humor, let me resume in a serious note to say I was expecting so much more than I got here.

Kya is a mere ten years old in 1952 when she is deserted, albeit gradually, by all the members of her family and left to make it alone in the marsh country of North Carolina. She forms a real attachment and un
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I've been wanting to read this book for months!!

I keep seeing amazing reviews, there are literally 250,000+ ratings so far on here...

I should finally have my hands on it within the month according to my library waiting list (I was #200 and something... FINALLY!!)
Cheri
” Dark and silent, late last night,
I think I might have heard the highway call
And geese in flight and dogs that bite
The signs that might be omens say
I'm goin', I'm goin'
I'm gone to Carolina in my mind

“With a holy host of others standin' around me
Still I'm on the dark side of the moon
And it seems like it goes on like this forever
You must forgive me, if I'm up and gone to
Carolina in my mind”

-- Carolina In My Mind, James Taylor, Songwriters: James Taylor

”The morning burned so August-hot, the mars
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