102 pages 3 hours read

Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2018

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Before You Read

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is set in the marshes of coastal North Carolina from the 1940s to the 2000s and centers on Kya, who grows up alone after her family abandons her. As a young woman, she becomes a suspect in the murder investigation of Chase Edwards, with the novel exploring her relationships, resilience, and eventual exoneration. The story features themes of abuse and abandonment.

Reviews & Readership

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has captivated readers with its vivid depiction of the North Carolina marshlands and its compelling blend of mystery and coming-of-age themes. Praised for its lyrical prose and well-developed characters, some critics found the pacing inconsistent and certain plot elements implausible. A standout debut balancing beauty and suspense.

Who should read this

Who Should Read Where the Crawdads Sing?

Readers who relish Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens are typically fans of atmospheric and nature-infused mysteries with deep emotional undercurrents. They likely enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for its exploration of social issues and The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah for its vivid settings and strong character development.

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Book Details


Realistic Fiction


Life/Time: Coming of Age