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, 2018.
Edition: First G.P. Putnam's Sons trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9780735213012
0735213011
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 21 cm

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angela808
Jul 07, 2019

this book was ok I liked it

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toddhansen1
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.

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workhorse6491
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?

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Adw555
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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0007548100dmw
Aug 12, 2018

A very good book. I liked the way she alternated between present time and previous activities to keep the reader aware of the past.
Very well written.

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bookycakes
Jul 12, 2018

Books like these freak me out, mostly because I read generally to escape the awful realities of life. But I did really like the way the marsh and life in the wilderness was described, and the flashbacks and the deeper look at the relationship between a kidnapper and his child who had never known anything more. Still, a bit too gruesome for my tastes (but my taste is buttercream-frosting-sweet chick lit). A very intense psychological thriller.

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maxmillan
Jul 04, 2018

A captivating book. The story bounces back and forth from past to present and it eventually meets near the end for a cohesive satisfying ending. I could read this again and a good director would make this a great thriller. Lots of violence so be prepared. I don’t like violence but as it’s written from a child’s point of view it was just suggestible.

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Quietday
Jun 19, 2018

Wow, Dionne did such a good job at keeping this captivating the entire way through. You are right there with Helena from beginning to end; her emotions, her lens as a child and adult, her survivalist upbringing. I appreciated the psychological insights throughout the book that describe how her maturing opinion of the situation morphed and changed. Unlike so many current thrillers, this story was plausible and realistic. The setting and description was so articulate and well thought out.

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brangwinn
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.

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bookwormali
Dec 27, 2017

Loved this story. A page turner until the end!

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