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“Brilliant....About as good as a thriller can be.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[A] nail-biter perfect for Room fans.”—Cosmopolitan
“Sensationally good psychological suspense.”—Lee Child
Praised by Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, The Marsh King’s Daughter is the mesmerizing tale 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.
Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also 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. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage 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 marsh. The police begin 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.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From page one on, The Marsh King's Daughter features effortless storytelling, a deeply unsettling plot, and tight, twisting suspense. Helena Pelletier, the novel’s intriguing narrator, was born in captivity and keeps the traumatic story of her parentage to herself. But Helena’s father’s looming shadow—and her conflicted feelings toward him—darken every scene, especially when her own young family is thrust into danger. This gripping psychological thriller juxtaposes a sympathetic, relatable protagonist with top-shelf suspense that unfolds in the Michigan wilderness.
Helena Pelletier, the narrator of Dionne's (Freezing Point) exceptional hardcover debut, a psychological thriller, lives an ordinary life in Michigan's Upper Peninsula mother to five-year-old Iris and three-year-old Mari, wife to Stephen but her childhood was not normal. Her mother was kidnapped at age 14 by Jacob Holbrook and taken to a remote cabin, where Helena was born three years later. When Helena was about 12, she and her mother escaped, their rescue making international headlines. No one, not even Stephen, knows her background, until Jacob escapes from prison after 13 years, killing two guards before disappearing into the woods less than 30 miles from the Pelletiers' house. Knowing how he thinks, Helena is the only one who can find Jacob. Detailed flashbacks show Helena had an odd but decent childhood. To the world, Jacob was a monster; to Helena, he was just her father, who taught her to fish, hunt, and track, and told involving stories, and was occasionally brutal. Helena's conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity elevate this powerful story. Author tour.
It took me a bit to get into this book. Once I did I couldn’t put it down. The 2 lead characters well are complicated. Helena is complex and brilliant.
The Marsh Kings Daughter
This may be the worse book I’ve ever read and I have read hundreds of books.
Loved it, great suspense