The Marsh King's Daughter

The Marsh King's Daughter

Large Print - 2017
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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] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
ISBN: 9781524778378
Branch Call Number: LT FICTION DIONN...K
Characteristics: large print
416 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 13, 2018

This was a page-turner. That’s all I’m going to say. I don’t want to ruin the story by telling you more.

Dec 27, 2017

Loved this story. A page turner until the end!

Oct 14, 2017

An excellent read, fulfilling the promise of the "psychological thriller" label and delivering deeper rewards as well. Setting her story in the wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Dione beautifully details the intimate sense of place experienced by Helena, a mother who must come to terms with her upbringing in order to protect her family. Helena relates her treasured memories of her father, (evoking similarities to the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder) who taught her wilderness survival skills like hunting and tracking. But it develops that Helena's father is no Charles Ingalls, but a brutal criminal who kidnapped and raped the teenage girl who gave birth to Helena. When her father escapes from prison, Helena believes she is the only person with enough intimate knowledge of her father to track him before he destroys the family and life she has forged in the aftermath of her captivity.

The best compliment I can pay the writer is that the details of Helena's daily life, such as making and delivering her homemade jam, are as absorbing as the more "suspenseful" scenes. A fully realized psychological portrait allows readers to feel how deeply Helema loves her world, while worrying that she is far from healed.

Sep 25, 2017

A well written story. I found it suspenseful and interesting reading about how this "family" lived off the grid. I was torn between feelings of understanding and anger. Great read!

AnnabelleLee27 Aug 28, 2017

A fast paced, unsettling, and darkly atmospheric novel about abduction, family, and survival. The writing is more character arc than thriller which I found to be far more impactful and fascinating. The novel is narrated by Helena who tells the story by moving back and forth through time from the her childhood memories to her present situation. Other reviewers felt Helena was too cold and dismissive of her mother, however, I believe the character arc of the storyline illustrated her ultimately shifting from identifying with her cruel father to an understanding and connection with her mother by the end (note the final graveside scene) all while using the fairytale of the Marsh King's Daughter in the process. The story artfully examined how while Helena learned much from her father (survival, hunting, some basic Native American philosophy) she elevated what she learned far above her father's cruel, sadistic, and violent reality. The author showed how one could be the child of a sociopath without becoming a sociopath and how love, pain, and memory have an effect throughout a lifetime. Be aware that some of the scenes are quite disturbing, including those involving animals (hunting etc), domestic abuse, and a rescuer.

Book_worm_2525 Aug 13, 2017

This book was amazing. Kind of reminded me of the book The Most Dangerous Animal of All except that book is a nonfictional story and it's more the author's father was a more gruesome character

rere3 Jul 09, 2017

To be honest as I started the book I wasn't certain why I had wanted to read it. Then the book drew me in and I was glad to take the ride. I hear the narrators voice in my head still.
Good read.

Jul 08, 2017

I appreciate a good story written well. Karen Dionne is very fine writer. I hope she writes more stories like this.

Jun 24, 2017

What a movie this would make!

MsJoann Jun 23, 2017

This is a novel I could read again, only slower, so I can savour the exquisite writing. The pace is so fast, so brilliantly rendered, seamlessly going from past to present and back to the past - you just can't slow down.

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