Where the Crawdads Sing Book Review

Where the crawdads sing book.

The coming-of-age stories always fascinated me like rays of sun in the midst of a storm. Though It all began with a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Kite Runner. Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens, grabbed my attention as the tale traveled back to eras of the 60s’ and 70s’. Delia Owens, a zoologist ignited the combined tale of murder mystery, coming of age, and part courtroom drama into one and released in 2018. Here is


The story begins with the female protagonist Catherine Danielle Clark also known as Kya in her household. With a war-traumatized drunk father, the wrath of liquor and poverty rain upon her mother along with her brothers and sisters in the marsh. Abruptly, One day Kya witnesses her  mother leaving their house and never looking back onto their porch.

 She awaits on the porch while her siblings one after another leave the marsh behind like her mother to move further in life. As her struggle grows around her drunk father and loneliness, she wins over her father. They start fishing together in the marsh and sharing dinner at the table.

But soon fate took turns, She was abandoned in the marsh all alone to live on her own. The residents of Barkley Clove never accepted her and besides named her as Marsh Girl. Flinching back within her presence, kept their children away, bullied her at school, and looked as if she never belonged to the town.

Isolated within the marsh, Kya befriends Gulls and soon a boy named Tate who teaches her how to read, how to write, and most importantly how to feel loved. Their bond grows but fate never favored her. They got separated and Kya meets the handsome jock of the town Andrew Chase, the athlete ladies’ man.

As the bond of love grows and breaks between the two, one fine morning Andrew Chase’s body lies in the marsh. The Town suspects The Marsh Girl committed murder.

What did I think?

The narration of the tale forwards with a great pace neither too slow nor too pass. The author, being a zoologist intricately weaved the world inside and around the marsh. The details further take into the world of life inside the marsh, the struggles of human survival, the birds, and their variety of feathers. The perfectly imperfect carved characters stole my heart and tore it open. The unspoken love arc between Kya and Tate at first is the purest form of love.

I mean what could be more expressing than protecting and teaching the person without shaming? The journey of Kay never feels unreal. You fall with her, rise with her, cry with her, and feel happy when she feels loved. The depiction of the marsh along with mentioning the poems perfectly blends into the story. I loved how Kya is the epitome of a strong female character. She fails and learns from her surroundings, and finds a way to live her life peacefully avoiding the outer world. 


I would recommend this to anyone any day, any time. Where the Crawdads sing is such a heartwarming journey to experience.


A voracious reader and anime nerd, always geeking about enormous metaphors hidden in Books and Anime. I am also trying to write my first book as well as enjoying sharing experience with an audience.

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