Helena Pelletier is the illegitimate daughter of a young
kidnapped girl and her sadistic captor, who for 12 years
lived without seeing or interacting with anyone except her
parents. Her only perception of the outside world was from
looking at early copies of National Geographic
magazines that were left behind in the old abandoned cabin
her father claimed for his own in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula. There was no electricity and no running water as
they provided for themselves living off the land and nature.
Now 20 years after Helena helped send her father to prison
for life, he's ingeniously escaped into the marshlands of
the Upper Peninsula that he knows so well. As an intense
manhunt is set in motion, it is soon apparent he's still an
excellent woodsman even after many years in prison. Not
only is he able to escape a maximum security prison, he's
fooled trackers into looking for him in an area where he is
not. Helena knows she's the only one who can find him, yet
he's still skillful at maneuvering her to come looking for
him on his own terms. With two young daughters to protect
from this evil sadist, Helena has to be stronger and smarter
to bring down his reign of terror and killings. The question
is, who will be victorious when the final confrontation is
Karen Dionne's THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER is
edge-of-your-seat suspense with every page that's turned.
The complex, compelling plot is nothing short of brilliant.
The brutal action scenes add another edgy dimension to
Karen Dionne's intense narrative and vivid
characterizations. During Helena's hunt for her father, she
relates how things were when she was growing up as she
speculates if the stories he told her about himself were
really true. With the chapters alternating between her
childhood and her current situation, I was spellbound
wondering what would happen next. I could not turn the
pages fast enough to find out the resolution as I held my
breath with each new obstacle the gutsy Helena had to
overcome. This is a fantastic psychological thriller, and I
highly recommend it.
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.