Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Rating: 4.75/5

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First of all, I loved this book! I wanted to do a simple book review of Where the Crawdads sing because it was an oddly pleasing combination of a murder mystery and a love story. The only reason I can’t give it 5 stars is because I have read at least one other book with a similar ending.

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I know, I know. There’s only so many plots to choose from, you just have to make it your own. I just felt like this seemed new, I didn’t know who she would end up with or what would happen next. One minute, it just clicked and I disappointed myself. So, it was really my fault.

Without further ado, here is my Where the Crawdads Sing book review:

The story itself is about a young woman, who faces abandonment and has to learn independence. She struggles between choosing love and the safety of being alone. There are rumors that float around town about how she’s crazy and wild and has no morals. When someone goes missing, many people get suspicious that she had something to do with it.

There had been very few people who associated with her, so she’s not truly known by the rest of the town. After being abandoned by her family at a young age, she lets mother nature teach her all she needs to know. Yes, she’s different, but that doesn’t mean she’s cruel. Of course, no one knows this.

If you’re not from a region that contains marshes, you’ll learn a lot about them, the animals that are drawn near, and much more. Beginning in the late 60’s, it also shows a few of the many racism issues that communities faced. It’s a story about hope, growth, devotion, biology, goals, and so much more.

I read this book over the course of 4 days, and it was hard to put down. I wanted to make it last, but here we are! I’d give this book a solid recommendation, as it contains a great, well written story that will have you guessing what happens next.

If you’re looking for a light, easy read — this will be perfect for you!

You can get it from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or my personal favorite: ThriftBooks!

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”
― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

“I wadn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.”
― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

“That’s what sisters and girlfriends are all about. Sticking together even in the mud, ’specially in mud.”
― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing


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I graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Communication. Photography and writing have both always been a passion of mine. I love sharing and hearing stories, both are such great ways to do so! In my free time, I love to drink coffee and hang out with my dogs. I have a great big German Shepherd and a tiny Porkie (Pomeranian & Yorkie).

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