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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

2018 . Fiction, Literary, Coming Of Age, Women . Delia Owens

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Where the Crawdads Sing

About the book

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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 15 million copies sold, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.” 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. 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.

Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Penguin

Pages:

384

ISBN:

0735219117 (ISBN13: 9780735219113)

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Reviews

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Reeses Book Club image

2 years ago

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Sept ’18 - “Romance, mystery, murder and it all takes place in the breathtaking backdrop of the South.” - Reese Witherspoon

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Elliot C image

5 months ago

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You’ve probably seen this book in the window of every airport book store, somewhere tucked between Gone Girl and the latest John Grisham novel. So, when I finished it, I was disappointed to ask, “is that what all the hype was about?” The storyline is pretty basic. It’s a love triangle and murder mystery, like a million books before it. The protagonist is unbelievably naive, and the author does mental gymnastics to make her seem like a feral wonder-kid. The characters are often trite and fit within near little boxes - the jock quarterback, the lovable maternal southern mother, the town gossip. I listened to the audiobook, which made some of the characters downright laughable. It’s more formulaic than I ever expected. The actual prose is great - a floral and deep (if a little overdone) description of the marshlands of North Carolina. But while the marsh is pleasantly murky, the book tends to be overly transparent.

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Caroline Lasorsa image

1 year ago

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Finally got around to reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the different plot lines and descriptions; the author writes beautifully.

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Fiona Larkin

9 months ago

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One of my favourite books. The story is well written and captivating. You cannot help but feel identified with the shy marsh girl, even if such a life is foreign to your reality. A mystery that gets lost in a beautiful narrative

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10 months ago

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In Owens’s evocative debut, Kya Clark is a young woman growing up practically on her own in the wild marshes outside Barkley Cove, a small coastal community in North Carolina. In 1969, local lothario Chase Andrews is found dead, and Kya, now 23 and known as the “Marsh Girl,” is suspected of his murder. As the local sheriff and his deputy gather evidence against her, the narrative flashes back to 1952 to tell Kya’s story. Abandoned at a young age by her mother, she is left in the care of her hard-drinking father. Unable to fit in at school, Kya grows up ignorant until a shrimper’s son, Tate Walker, befriends her and teaches her how to read. After Tate goes off to college, Kya meets Chase, with whom she begins a tempestuous relationship. The novel culminates in a long trial, with Kya’s fate hanging in the balance. Kya makes for an unforgettable heroine. Owens memorably depicts the small-town drama and courtroom theatrics, but perhaps best of all is her vivid portrayal of the singular North Carolina setting.

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Romi Ford

1 year ago

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Loved this so much, it took you to a different place and you could really visualise every detail.

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Mie Skjodt

1 year ago

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This book made me laugh, cry, smile, get angry, and feel sorry - all within the first 50 pages of the book. I took me through all the emotions and is the best fiction I have read in 2020. Highly recommended.

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Henry Melzer

2 years ago

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I had a hard time finishing this book. The environmental aspect of Where the Crawdads Sing is beautiful, but the story feels too familiar to keep me interested in.

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Brittni Blouin

2 years ago

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I absolutely loved this book!! It's a story about abandonment, love, betrayal, prejudice and murder. The author does a fantastic job to paint a picture in your head with her words describing the culture, accents and nature. I was hooked! A must read!!

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Cerys Caldwell

2 weeks ago

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It is a good book! They’re is a lot of slang that is hard to understand, but would still recommend 🥰

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Demi Perkins

2 months ago

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INCREDIBLE! The best book I’ve read in a long time! The characters were brilliant, I loved everything about it.

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Charlotte Barron

3 months ago

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An incredibly beautiful book with such a gripping story!! I loved the overall setting of the book and how vivid the world created in my mind was when reading the story.

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Brandy Hall

3 months ago

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I’m not sure why it took my years before I picked this book up to read. But when I did I absolutely loved it. Stayed up late and woke up early just to read.

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Ellie Blake

4 months ago

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Found this one quite strange but wanted to keep reading until the end. I didn’t expect the ending and I found the book quite confusing but a sweet story.

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Abby White

4 months ago

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My second all-time favorite book. Absolutely love the story, and the description/imagery in this book is everything.

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Lori Porten

4 months ago

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Such a great story. Hard to put down. Lots of surprising twists.

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Jennifer Holming

4 months ago

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Good book, feel like I've read it before but still very good. A lot of depth in the characters and the romance is amazing + Tate!!!

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Haya 41

6 months ago

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wow.. this book is one of the best books i have ever read !! the story was SOOO fascinating i couldn’t put down the book i loved it !!! and talk about AN ENDING incredible .

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Cerys Turner

8 months ago

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Could not put this down! Never cried so frequently reading something. Would definitely recommend

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Sherlene

9 months ago

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An amazing story and so well crafted, this book will stay with you long after the last page

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10 months ago

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“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature....Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”—The New York Times Book Review

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Dana Sleem

11 months ago

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i don't have anything bad to say about this book. It has that emotional effect on me that will never go away. read it.

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Laura Giles

11 months ago

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I didn’t like this at all. Predictable and waffly.

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Jeanette Marky

1 year ago

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This is so fantastic. I was totally absorbed and sad when the story ended

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Sheena Wooldridge

1 year ago

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I enjoyed reading this book. There was a twist at the end that I liked.

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Melinda Andrade

1 year ago

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Read this and also listed to it in audible. Loved both!

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Annie Spencer image

1 year ago

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Such a beautifully written book, v vivid descriptions that transport the reader. 3 parts to the plot where the book is a part survival, coming of age & murder mystery. Left with a few questions on the ending which is why not rating a 10, but overall I loved it

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Linda Lasorsa

1 year ago

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Engaging story about a young girl growing up in the Carolina’s marshland. The kind of book that stays with you after you’ve finished.

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1 year ago

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In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

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Harrison Johnston

1 year ago

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The environment is written beautifully. The emotion is strong. The characters are lovable and complex. The story is gripping.

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