*The multi-million copy bestseller*
Soon to be a major film
A Number One New York Times Bestseller
'Painfully beautiful' New York Times
'Unforgettable . . . as engrossing as it is moving' Daily Mail
'A rare achievement' The Times
'I can't even express how much I love this book!' Reese Witherspoon
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.
'[It] will reach a huge audience though the writer's old-fashioned talents for compelling character, plotting and landscape description' The Guardian
'For sheer escapism pick up Where The Crawdads Sing . . . there is writing that takes your breath away' The Times
'All is not as it seems in this heartbreaking coming-of-age bestseller' The i newspaper
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Kya is alone. Abandoned by all who should care, she lives deep in the North Carolina marshlands. She understands the creatures that live there and waits for someone to understand her—but the locals in town just call her Marsh Girl. Delia Owens’ enchanting mystery follows Kya’s exhilarating and terrifying first steps into the outer world, and the murderous betrayal that happens when she lets two young men get close to her. Thanks to Owens’ lyrical prose, we could hear the rustling of the cypress leaves and were pulled headfirst into her complex, emotional story.
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.
A beautifully told story about an unusual character
A friend recommended this story, but it took me a while to get round to reading it. I am so glad I did. The central character is unusual and it took me a couple of chapters to get stuck into the story, but once I did, I thought it was beautifully told. The character’s love for the marsh and the nature it sustains comes through strongly, and I really felt engaged in her environment and the circumstances she faces. I would recommend it highly.
Beautiful…. What a wonderful story
I started this book and thought it’s not for me, the language was so different to the books I normally read.
But, after hearing friends read it and love it I thought maybe I should give it another go.
I’m so glad I did, it’s left me feeling all kinds of emotions, a story that gets a hold of you and you can’t let go.
By the end I was in tears and actually didn’t want it to end but it did and it couldn’t of ended more beautifully.
Best book I’ve read so far in the years I’ve been reading and highly recommend you read this too!!
Read in 2 days, such an amazing writing kept you hooked the whole time!