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The Marsh King's Daughter (2017)

af Karen Dionne

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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.… (mere)
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Some parts of this book were pretty harrowing and stressful to listen to. But a very interesting conceit to use H.C. Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name to parallel the plot and, in a way, the psychological and moral dilemmas of the protagonist. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
This book had me yelling at the main character and putting down the book for a short time because I was so upset with her. This is a sign of a well written book and it should be made into a movie so we can yell at the TV instead of a book. ( )
  Barbwire101 | May 18, 2021 |
Well that was definitely a ride. They were all kinds of ups and downs, twists and thrillls in this one. It wasn’t perfect, but it kept me on the edge of my seat. In fact, the whole book was a bit crazy, but in a good way. I think the characters behaved exactly as they should have...And the ending was perfect and very fitting. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne was a rather confusing mesh of a thriller about a daughter tracking her escaped convict of a father through the wilderness and the coming-of-age story about how this same daughter grew up under the care of a psychopath in a remote swamp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Helena’s father had kidnapped her mother when she was 14 and had taken her to a remote part of the wilderness. Helena was born and raised there. Not knowing the back story of her father and mother, she actually idolized her father and considered her mother weak. It wasn’t until she was twelve that she started to question why they lived the way the way they did. Helena and her mother escaped, but even as an adult, Helena still felt guilty about leaving her father. She has created a good life for herself, married a fine man and has two children, but she could never bring herself to tell her husband the story of her childhood or who she really is. Now that her father is loose, she knows she is the only one who has the skills to track him and she soon finds out, he needs to be stopped as he has his sights on her family.

As much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t connect with the present day story. I actually preferred the flashbacks about her growing up years and how she slowly started to understand what was really going on with her family. I found the mature Helena to be smug, unsympathetic and secretive. I realize that in order to find closure Helena needed this final confrontation with her father but it was frustrating as her conflicted feelings about him caused her to hesitate repeatedly. At this point she knows he is a cold blooded murderer, has already wounded her, and makes it very clear that he intends to take her and her daughters into the Canadian wilderness so I found her continual hesitation quite unbelievable. I do applaud the author for both her original story-line and some great nature descriptions. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 29, 2020 |
4.5 stars

This review can also be found on my blog.

This is certainly one of the best thrillers I’ve read. There are a lot of interesting aspects of it, including a more creative take on the abduction story as well as survivalist elements. I’m a sucker for wilderness survival stories; it’s so interesting to me to see how people live(d) without modern technology and resources. It also really helps me to appreciate my own life!

I really loved Helena as a character; she really makes you want to root for her while also acknowledging the bad decisions she’s made. She really felt fully-formed to me and this honestly felt more like a memoir than a work of fiction. The formatting also works quite well, we follow Helena through the present day as she searches for her father with relevant flashbacks that fill in the context of her earlier life.

This is also one of those books that you just don’t want to put down. The pacing is incredibly well-done. You’re led right to the edge of a precipice and then the story pivots, jumping into the past for just long enough before finally giving you the information you’re gunning for. I probably could have read this in one long sitting had I had the opportunity, and I think that would have been a breathlessly wonderful way to get through it.

I highly recommend you pick this up if the plot sounds up your alley, I’m glad I finally got around to it!

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  samesfoley | Apr 24, 2020 |
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Fengslende thriller - kan bli sommerens bestselger: Bokanmeldelse: Karen Dionne
«Myrkongens datter»
Hevn og hat. Farskjærlighet og forakt. Følelser og forvirring. En datters forhold til sin farlige far gjør denne thrilleren til et fengslende og skremmende dypdykk i menneskesinnet.
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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.

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