Book Club Discussion Questions for 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens


Over the past few months, book lovers have been abuzz with talk of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and now there’s even more excitement because Reese Witherspoon will be producing a film adaptation of the movie. When we finally read the book, we instantly understood what all of the fuss was about - what a fantastically written, gripping, and thought-provoking story. It is the perfect pick for any book club—so let’s get discussing!

Discussion Guide

  1. Compared to other murder mysteries you’ve read, how did the style of this one compare. Did you like the pace of the book?

  2. Are you a city gal or an outdoorsy gal? How did you feel when reading Owens’ descriptions of the natural world?

  3. Kya’s mother escaped an abusive marriage, but also left her children—how did you feel about her actions? Were there better options?

  4. If you were left completely alone at Kya’s age, how would you have survived where you grew up?

  5. One criticism of the book is that the trial itself felt a bit rushed. How did you feel - did you want something more juicy out of Kya’s murder trial?

  6. What would you say is the overall theme of the book? What is Owens’ trying to get across if you had to narrow it down to one message?

  7. Rate the book on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best book you’ve ever read. Explain your choice.