Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Brenda’s Thoughts

Where the Crawdads Sing is a compelling, insightful and original well-layered coming of age story that also digs deep into the environment surrounding this story.  It is so stunning and vividly written not only in the descriptive atmosphere but also with the insightful way it is written. 

We meet our main character Kya at a young age and learn how she becomes isolated from the people and world around her.   This part of the story brought on a bit of discussion for us and some of us struggled a bit here with suspending some disbelief here. However, this is also where the magic of the story and the marsh comes alive.

In our discussion, we talked about how the marsh became so many different things to Kya allowing us to see some comparisons and symbolization between nature and human behavior.   We became totally immersed in the vivid setting of the marsh and it was like the story was being told and shown to us by it. We felt like we were drawn into the mind of a character. We could feel how hauntingly isolating yet peaceful it was to Kya. We could see just how dangerous that was for Kya when the outside world becomes apart of Kya’s marsh.  The writing here is so vivid and made this such a stunning story for some us, however, there were a couple sisters who found it dense and at times myself included became a bit weary of it.

We highly recommend this truly amazing story with such an unforgettable character.

Web_L339-3_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s Review

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 words written were absolutely beautiful though. And in the end after long discussions with my dear friend, Kris she helped me work out my feelings towards this book and come to a few realizations that were pivotal. I am so happy to say that I was able to get that warm fuzzy feeling that I was so desperately seeking from this book.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by DELIA OWENS was an engrossing, moving, heartbreaking and charming coming of age, love story and murder mystery novel all wrapped up into one incredible and delightful story. I was immediately drawn into this quiet and powerful story that revolves around the survival and resilience of an unforgettable young girl named Kya, abandoned at the age of 10 and growing up alone in the marsh. Kya’s story consumed my thoughts and my heart totally while I was reading this novel. She had me laughing, smiling, crying, worried and rooting for her every step of the way.

DELIA OWENS delivers an intriguing, atmospheric, suspenseful and beautifully written read here that is so vividly descriptive and absolutely mesmerizing. The descriptions of the marsh and everything that it entails pertains so meaningfully to this story. Unlike Kya, I just wish that it didn’t take me as long to come to that realization of how meaningful the marsh was to her whole being and story.

Web_L443-2_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s review

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 development and views of the world. Each of the characters is memorable and very well developed.

Kya’s story is one that will stick with you – it is emotional, disturbing, shocking and touching. While I enjoyed this story,  I did not love and adore this book as much
as most others have. The biggest thing that didn’t quite work for me was the pace of the novel – it dragged throughout. The marsh descriptions, though vivid and atmospheric, felt too much at times and I was lost in these descriptions rather than the story itself. With that being said, I feel it was fully intentional to have such overpowering descriptions and that is what many readers truly loved and connected with – it just didn’t work for me.

We received an advanced copy of this book from G.P. Putnam’s Sons through Edelweiss

Web_L117-5Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Eye-catching, beautiful, and an extremely fitting representation to the storyline.
Title: Fits the story so well and love how it plays so meaningfully into the story. I also really enjoyed the few lines in the book that referred to the title.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, lovely, eloquent, and engaging.
Plot: Entertaining, thought-provoking, captivating, steady-paced, held my attention and extremely enjoyable. Even though I had some reservations with the third person narrative it did not take away my enjoyment for the story.
Ending: Bittersweet, powerful, rewarding, and very satisfying.
Overall: An outstanding, emotional, memorable, and heartfelt read! Would highly recommend!


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22 thoughts on “Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens”

    1. Thank you so much, Jonetta! I dislike it too when I miss some great group reads but sometimes it just cannot be helped, right? 🙂

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  1. Hmm, great reviews! You guys kinda made me want to read this 😀 I’ve seen this book around but was always like “nah, it’s not my type”. But I’m quite intrigued now.

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  2. Great review, sisters! This is one of the best books that I’ve read this year but I still haven’t written my review! I need to though…it’s sitting in a pile of reviews to be written when I get time. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! I have a list of books I have read too that I haven’t reviewed. I keep saying I will and then other keep getting added to that list. Lol

      This one as a little harder to write too because it’s such an amazing one I found it hard to find the right words to express just how.

      I am so glad to see it was one of the best books of the year for you. Amazing that it was for so many of us.

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      1. You’re welcome! I don’t review every book I read since then it just feels like work since I do so much writing for work anyway, lol but I have a few review copies that I’ve let fall through the cracks when I was on blog hiatus in August, this was one. I’ll eventually get to it but more and more books get added on like you say! I just have to catch up and stop pressing that request button on NetGalley, LOL.

        Yes, I bet it was! I did start a review on it…it’s on my drafts on WP, but I couldn’t think of what to say. It’s just so complex. I don’t know that I can do it justice.

        Yes, so many people loved this and have said it was a fave of the year…it’s really a special book! ❤

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      2. I was so proud of myself today I wrote two very short reviews for a couple of books on NG. However my ratio only went up 1%. I am still taking it as a victory. My goal is to do two a day till I catch up and not request any.

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  3. Great, great reviews! I think it might have been Carol over at Bookaria who said this was one of her favorite reads of 2018? And I haven’t read one bad word about it. I might just have to set aside some of my galley reading when my library hold comes in!

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  4. Interesting reviews on this one! Sounds like she is an artist with her words. I will definitely read this one. I appreciate the connection with nature. This book seems to leave a lot to talk about which leaves me even more excited to get into it!

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  5. This is another one that I am on the waiting list at the library for. When Norma said, engrossing, moving, heartbreaking and charming coming of age, love story and murder mystery novel all wrapped up into one incredible and delightful story, I knew that I made the right choice to request this from the library. With all of you reading and loving this book, it is nice to read all your reviews and see that you all got a bit of a different feel from this story.


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