Whether you’re a romance enthusiast, mystery and crime junkie, or reading to little ones, there’s a novel based on the Outer Banks just for you! We’ve got a list of some of our favorite Outer Banks inspired books that will be your new favorite beach reads!

For The Murder Mystery Lover…

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a Southern murder mystery

Elements: Mystery, Suspense, Romance

Ages: 17 and Up

Where The Crawdads Sing is a fictional tale of the “Marsh Girl”, Kya Clark, who has lived alone in Barkley Cove; a small North Carolina coastal town that strike resemblances of Hatteras Island and Wanchese. Set in the late 1960s, a handsome local is found dead and Kya is immediately named a suspect. Kya isn’t a wild, savage, native but in fact a kind, sensitive and intelligent girl who has survived alone in the marsh for years.

For Lovers of Legends & Folklore…

Outer Banks Mysteries & Seaside Stories by Charles Harry Whedbee

Outer Banks Mysteries & Seaside Stories is the perfect book for campfire stories and keeping the family entertained.

Ages: 10 and Up

Elements: Mysteries, Folklore, Tales, and Legends

Outer Banks Mysteries and Seaside Stories tell local legends of the Outer Banks past! From stories that have been handed down from generations of locals of the OBX to stories that might just change your perspective of local history; Outer Banks Mysteries and Seaside Stories is a perfect book of tales to tell around a beach bonfire!

For The Smaller Kids…

Tommy Tuna: A Tale of a Big Fish by Suzanne Tate

Elements: Children’s’ Storytelling, Education

Ages: Children 2 and Up

Tommy Tuna: A Tale of a Big Fish follows the story of Tommy a Tuna fish living in the seas of the Outer Banks. This fast-moving story is perfect for little ones! They’ll learn all about tuna and how they live in the ocean and how to conserve the environment they live in!

For The History Buff…

Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue by Walt Wolfram

Elements: History, Dialect, and Culture

Ages: 10 and Up

The Outer Banks is home to a unique accent known as brogue. Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue showcases the unique dialect of the Outer Banks and provides information on the root of the dialogue, it’s development, and a ‘Ocrocokisms’!

For The Hopeless Romantic…

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

Elements: Heartbreak, Romance

Ages: 17 and Up

Written by Nicholas Sparks, Nights In Rodanthe tells the story of a 45 year old woman who has to start over after her husband leaves her for a younger woman. She comes to Rodanthe, NC to care for a friends’ home for the weekend but ends up getting stuck with a guest. Stuck together in a storm, the two strangers begin to comfort each other and start a new beginning! Nicholas Sparks is a North Carolina native and while only Nights in Rodanthe takes place on the OBX, his other novels host North Carolina beach towns as the backdrop. Wilmington for the novel The Last Song, New Bern for Safe Haven, and A Walk To Remember in Beaufort!