Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Where the Crawdads Sing” as Want to Read:
Where the Crawdads Sing
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Where the Crawdads Sing

by
4.53  ·  Rating details ·  159,879 ratings  ·  19,193 reviews

#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

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

...more
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published November 8th 2018 by Corsair (first published August 14th 2018)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Where the Crawdads Sing, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Amanda I'm very sensitive as well and had the same reserve about this book. It's sad in the beginning but it's incredibly beautiful and well written! I don't…moreI'm very sensitive as well and had the same reserve about this book. It's sad in the beginning but it's incredibly beautiful and well written! I don't want to give any spoilers so I'll just say it doesn't end on a sad note :)(less)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Bre kozak
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.53  · 
Rating details
 ·  159,879 ratings  ·  19,193 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Debra
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
JanB
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
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
...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
...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
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
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
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
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
...more
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
...more
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
...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
...more
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.
...more
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
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
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
...more
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
...more
Liz
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Fantastic narrator!



Beautiful and sad!



Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Paromjit
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
...more
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
...more
Larry H
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
...more
Jen
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild thing. You make my heart sing. You make everything....
This had me singing just like the crawdads do.
A compelling coming of age story of a 7 year old girl, Kya, who grows up in a marsh in North Carolina. Abandoned and alone, as one by one, her mama, siblings and finally her dead beat dad, leave. Yet somehow, she survives and lives symbiotically with nature.
And while she is anything but wild, taught by a fish catching boy how to read and write, the towns folk believe she is a marsh girl; pret
...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I wadn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could hold so much.

Yes, I'm aware that I'm sharing the very same quote that my bestie used for this book. But if a quote ever applied to a book...it's that one for this book.

The story follows the "Swamp girl" or Kya throughout her life. And her life is not a pretty one. She was a very young girl when her abused mother had all she could stand one day and walked down the lane from their shack that last time. Left with her abusi
...more
Book of Secrets
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we have it, my favorite book of 2018! I think this one will be hard to top. Amazing!!

A swamp and a marsh are very different environments. A marsh is a thriving and nurturing place, and it's there, along the North Carolina coast, that Kya lived and survived after being abandoned by her family as a young girl. Kya spent her days alone, observing the surrounding natural world, and it served her well.

Though she loved her marsh dearly, sometimes the loneliness was too much, especially as she gr
...more
Holly  B
Mini-Review~ 4.5 STARS

I finally got around to reading this uber popular book from last year. I really wasn't sure if this would be for me, but I ended up loving it, regardless of a few things that distracted me and parts I thought were highly improbable.

Although there is a LOT going on in this one, I found it easy to follow.  I was very emotionally invested in Kya's story and had a few theories about what would become of her ~ All were wrong!

Loved the blend of mystery, murder, wilderness, nature
...more
Susanne  Strong
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars.

A Haunting Tale of Resilience, Strength and Survival.


The soul aches with the hardship and loneliness that permeates throughout much of “Where the Crawdads Sing.” If you’ve ever known what it feels like to be truly alone, this is a novel that will tear at you.

Kya Clark is 7 years old when she is abandoned by every single member of her family, including her mother, thus becoming known as “The Marsh Girl.” Living in Barkley Cove, North Carolina, she learns to fend for herself in the wilde
...more
Beata
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful! I'm so happy I read this novel at last! I'd been meaning to do so for some time, but the synopsis was one thing that made me postpone doing so. I was reluctant to read a seemingly depressing book about a little girl who is left by her family to survive on her own, who from the early age witnesses domestic violence and for whom the marsh becomes her mother. I received a copy from the library and I said to myself: it's now or never! And now I'm grateful that my library forced me to get t ...more
*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to *TUDOR^QUEEN* by: Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.

This is a very special book about a girl named Catherine Danielle Clark (known as Kya) who lived in a shack in the Marsh lands of North Carolina. The story begins in 1952 when at the tender age of six, Kya's mom walked out of her life, never turning her head back to wave goodbye. As the days passed, her older siblings gradually left as well, leaving Kya alone to deal with her volatile father. Pa would leave t
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Amazing story 20 177 Apr 08, 2019 03:59PM  
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Beartown (Beartown, #1)
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • Virgil Wander
  • This is How It Always Is
  • Next Year in Havana
  • A Place for Us
  • If The Creek Don't Rise
  • The Indigo Girl
  • We Were the Lucky Ones
  • The Hummingbird
  • We Never Asked for Wings
  • The Library Book
  • Harry's Trees
  • As Bright as Heaven
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
  • The Air You Breathe
1,975 followers
Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa—Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She currently lives in Id ...more
“I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.” 92 likes
“Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.” 55 likes
More quotes…