The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King's Daughter

Karen Dionne

"Sensationally good psychological suspense--I loved this book." — #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

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Praised by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter, and sure to thrill fans of The Girl on the Train and The Widow, The Marsh King’s Daughter is mesmerizing psychological suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.
At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her.

Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, not a single human beyond the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature—fishing, tracking, hunting. And despite her father’s odd temperament and sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too . . . until she learned precisely how savage a person he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King—because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.

Advance Galley Reviews

Great read!!! I really enjoyed this book and read it in a matter of days. The author did a fantastic job with Helena and I really enjoyed the switch between the flashbacks and the present. The writing was great, and I really enjoyed the fast pace! The story was really interesting and the author does a great job of unfolding it. Overall I highly recommend this book for anyone enjoying a good suspense or psychological thriller!

The Marsh King's Daughter is a wilderness "Room," but uniquely its own. This book kept me riveted to its story, terrified and intrigued. Helena, particularly as a child, is a well-drawn character, and an unforgettable one. I really loved this book and won't hesitate to recommend it.

DNF @ 34% I was really intrigued by the premise of this novel. Even reading the back out loud to my fiance, he was intrigued and told me I definitely had to read this next. But, when I read a mystery/thriller/suspense kind of novel, I expect some mystery or thrills or suspense. And that is not what I'm getting from this novel 10 chapters in. Instead, this reads more like a guide on how to hunt in the marsh and how every one else is getting it wrong (which is both boring and at points, terribly disgusting). And it feels like an ode to the girl's brilliant father, the one that kidnapped and raped her mother and the one that beat her and trapped in her a well for long periods of time. A.) I'm not into gory scenes of hunting animals and B.) I get growing up not knowing about your father but to still idolize him years after finding out who he is and what he's done... that just doesn't sit well with me.

Helena was probably one of the most intriguing characters I have ever read. Her story of her past completely fascinated me. And the way it was written was in such detail that it really created vivid imagery in my mind of how she grew up. The way she describes the both the love and the hate for her father and the relationship with her mother gave her such great depth. I do wish however that we got more of the hunting of her father. I felt like that was lacking a bit in the book, which dissapointed me a little. I would still definitely recommend this book for it's haunting story and wonderfully written characters.

Helena has a beautiful family and a happy life but her twisted, secret past is about to threaten everything and everyone she loves. Helena is the product of a kidnapping, her father a disturbed sadist who took her teenage mother into the deep marshes of Michigan's upper peninsula for fourteen years. He has escaped prison, leaving death in his wake, and the only person with the tracking skills and knowledge of the marsh and the man necessary is Helena. The story alternates between Helena's present hunt and her history, a childhood spent in adoration and fear of this monster. The guilelessness of young Helena demonstrates the normalization of horrifying circumstances when there is nothing else to know. The inclusion of Hans Christian Anderson's tale of the "Marsh King" is well done and imbues an aura of lore over Helena's childhood that is slowly chipped away as the novel progresses. An exciting hunt-or-be-hunted tale this is a thriller to pick up this summer. Gory hunting descriptions and graphic violence, due warning. 4 out of 5 stars.

The story draws you in and keeps you reading as the story alternates between Helena's present and past. Mixed feelings about the story, but it does make one think about Helena's life and her coping mechanisms.

First off, I have been to many of the places in this story. When I read the blurb that the story took place in the UP I selected it. The scenery is described very beautifully. This story was full of non stop action and I had a hard time putting it down.

4.5 Stars Growing up, Helena never knew that they were different from other families; she didn’t know the story of how she came to be, didn’t know that her father had abducted her mother for the purpose of taking her as his wife. She loved her father, and didn’t think of him as a bad or dangerous man, although she knew that he was quick to anger toward her mother, at times. She really didn’t know any better, and how could she? She was his ”Bangii-Agawaateyaa,” his Little Shadow. The cabin they lived in out in the wild marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was completely isolated. If it weren’t for the old National Geographic magazines she had seen and read, she would know little about other people, about the world in general. But knowing about it, and living in it are different. She knew that there was a world out there, she just didn’t know how close, or how different it was from how they lived. She just didn’t know. This is so beautifully written, the characters so fully drawn. Helena is a composite of her surroundings, her father, her isolation, her lack of understanding of any other kind of life than the one she’s living – with the exception of those inside her magazines – such a wonderful, complex protagonist. With confident, gorgeous prose transporting you back and forth effortlessly through time and place, from Helena’s childhood to the day she hears the emergency news broadcast. The man she knows as her father has escaped prison, the prison where he has been for fifteen years. Since the day she put him there. She knows the police will never find him. Only she knows how her father thinks, his skills, the things he taught her about tracking, the survival skills he has. She knows his ways, his stories, She also knows if she doesn’t find him, her husband and her two girls lives will never be the same. This suspenseful story has a somewhat brooding tone, atmospheric, troubled, with the sense of disquiet building as the memories come to light. There’s an edge of psychological suspense, while you anxiously wait to see how the story unfolds. A tale certain to leave you breathless, heart pounding and wishing you could read it all over again for the very first time. Recommended Pub Date: 13 Jun 2017 Many thanks for the ARC provided by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

This was a hauntingly beautiful story. We learn a young teen is kidnapped and held captive in the wilderness marsh while boring a daughter to said captive. But the story is that of the daughter. Who doesn't even learn of her predicament until she is about 11. Just learning about her childhood experience is mesmerizing. To grow up in such a way, I cannot wait to read more books by this author! Brilliantly composed


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