For most of 2018, it seemed like everyone and their mother was talking about Where the Crawdads Sing. Written by Delia Owens, the novel follows a girl named Kya, who grew up in the North Carolina marshes. Everything changes when the police suspect she’s involved in the murder of a local man from her past.
Readers loved the book for its unflinchingly strong protagonist, its celebration of nature and its captivating crime plotline. Unsurprisingly, Hollywood took notice, and it was announced that the book would be adapted into a film produced by Reese Witherspoon and starring Daisy Edgar Jones (Normal People) as Kya. If you devoured Owens's book and are eagerly awaiting the film's release on July 15, we highly recommend picking up one of these similar titles about surviving against all odds, the great outdoors and more.