The Marsh King's Daughter

The Marsh King's Daughter

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"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."
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735213005
Branch Call Number: FIC DIONNE 2017
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm


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JCLSarahZ Aug 17, 2020

Complex characters with an interesting story to tell, but the narrative falls short of riveting. None of the characters are particularly likable, though I did like the ending.

mackintofi Mar 26, 2020

Highly recommend this audiobook-An engrossing, suspenseful cat and mouse thriller. in which the narrator is hunting for the prison escapee father who had held her, and her mother in the Wilds of Michigan.

Nov 21, 2019

Great book. Easy read.

Oct 09, 2019

Weekend Mystery Book Club BOTM

Aug 19, 2019

Captivating and it in a weekend.

LoganLib_Kate Jul 31, 2019

I'm a huge Karin Slaughter fan and she recommended this title so of course I had to read it! Beautifully written, I enjoyed how Karen Dionne allowed her protagonist Helena's story of her sometimes magical but mostly grim childhood unfold over the course of the novel. A really interesting, quite suspenseful first-person read.

Jul 07, 2019

this book was ok I liked it

May 17, 2019

B- … Enjoyed the back and forth between captivity life and adult life with her family. Actually stories were far more interesting when she was younger. Didn't get the whole Calypso and Cousteau bit... Wasn't necessary IMHO to the overall story.

Apr 05, 2019

In a former life, I've spent a lot of time in the U.P. of Michigan and am not a swamp/marsh lover particularly. It's true that "civilization" is different up there, but not full of survivorist types. I found myself thinking about brain-washing, despair and other unsettling thoughts. And I think that it's tough to lyrically describe the environment of the U.P... some beautiful, inspiring locales, but mostly mosquito misery, scraggy scrap pines, and a pervading sense of economic and other kinds of doom. Notwithstanding, I found myself insufficiently aroused to care for any of the characters.. even the tangential ones (i.e. husband and kids of the heroine). There was this impression I got that a 15 year-old kid was writing it and not a 28 year-old rescued housewife with love for the area. Maybe my failure of imagination... but isn't stimulating that the writer's job?

Dec 28, 2018

An escaped prisoner and a woman with a hidden past...yesterday and today collide in this well written novel.

Helena’s childhood was not your usual childhood...perhaps the experience of being the child of a young woman and her sadistic abductor, and growing up in an isolated cabin on a marsh is not something you would wish to share with everyone you meet. Or anyone you meet... But when Helena’s father escapes from the prison she put him in, she knows it’s up to her to catch him and to stop running from her past.

Having being trained by her loving/sadistic/sociopath father to survive in the wild, Helena must now put all her skills to the test to ensure her father is unable to hurt anyone ever again...even if a part of her still loves him.

Pros: Beautifully descriptive language; I could see those bugs swarming in the marsh and feel the frigid cold of the Michigan winter. Cleverly written with lots of back and forth between then and now in Helena’s life.

Cons: Quite a lot of graphic description regarding abuse - animals and other...not for the faint of heart.

This book is definitely worth reading....

4 stars

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