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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 20 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.

©2017 Karen Dionne (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Emily Rankin's buttery voice smoothly delivers Dionne's psychological thriller.... The complicated tension between daughter and father, and wanting to know how she and her mother escaped the marsh years, keeps one listening." (AudioFile)

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  • Cayce
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 06-16-17

I wanted to like this...

I wanted to like this book. The blurb sounded great and the mention of Karin Slaughter and Lee Child made me think it was going to be a thriller. So maybe expectation was partly to blame for my lukewarm response.

This book is slow and filled with detail about living in the wild in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The writer is good and if you like detail filled fiction or stories about living in nature and how to survive with your hands and makeshift tools, then you will likely enjoy this book. But I play books in the background while I edit photos and I need them to move more quickly than this.

I'm also not sure the narrator did this book any favors. The woman's voice is innocent sounding with a slight singsongy quality. It really grated on my nerves after awhile. The long descriptions of hunting and killing the animals and how wonderful she thought her father was went on way too long for me.

It's possible this book picks up in the second half, but I couldn't get that far. Check out the sample and make sure the narration doesn't drive you nuts.

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  • smccoy
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • 07-18-17

Disappointment

I didn't enjoy this audio book. The narrator was good, but I hated the characters. All of them. Could find no sympathy for the daughter or father's behavior. The mother was only one I could muster any sympathy for. Ridiculous amount of description and detail. If you don't mind slow, plodding and depressing stories, this one might be for you. What a bummer.

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I should have loved it...

The Marsh King's Daughter has all of the elements for a favorite for me......unique story, interesting characters, unusual setting, and suspense. But it just didn't grab me. I liked it, but really didn't love it. I just didn't feel connected to any of the characters and wasn't terribly interested in the outcome of the story.

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I didn't like it until I did

I don't know how else to explain it, I was complaining about it in my head for about the first half but I kept going and then I started wondering what was going to happen next. Its far fetched and I really did not like the main characters sympathy for the "bad guy" but overall it ended being an interesting read and and a bit different from what I've been reading lately.

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Details of place, time and feeling make this thriller uniquely captivating.

A young woman, married with 2 daughters, narrates the violent and complicated story of her mother's abduction as a teen, and her imprisonment by her captor for over 14 years.
That Helena is aware of her conception and birth as a horrible form of abuse makes the narration -- quiet and introspective until the extraordinary end -- all the more chilling. The intense and clear descriptions of the Upper Peninsula of Minnesota and Hekena's development from infant to young child to young adult within the bizarre net of her parents' relationship is compelling. Highly recommended for solid writing, superior characterizations and a melancholy echo that continued long after I finished this very good book.

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Not at all what I had expected,,,better

i was #27 on the wait list at the library, so I decided to buy this one. Good choice: the story, the graphic details without being too graphic, the reality of the inspirational story, and a fine narrator made a dreaded, cram-for-2 weeks-to-get-it-done-before-book club experience so enjoyable. Thank you audible for the opportunity.
However, still too expensive for my budget. sorry.

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Amazing

This book was a thrill ride told by an excellent storyteller. It is at points sad, and shows the resilience of the human spirit. I loved it. One of those books that you sigh and just take a moment of silence when it is finished to let the brilliance just sink in.

The narration was perfect as well.

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Held my attention from the beginning

What made the experience of listening to The Marsh King's Daughter the most enjoyable?

This storry was gripping right out of the gate. I was immediately engaged.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the nature references, which clearly shows the author knows the UP.

Any additional comments?

I wish there had been more to this story. I kind of felt like it left me hanging. I didn't particularly care for Cousteau and Calypso. I wish the mother character had been more developed, although I understand why she wasn't.

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Couldn't finish... snooze

I tried and tried in hopes that this story would speed up. I just Couldn't stay entertained

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Great read

Truly enjoyed this book. Would recommend it highly. Very intriguing story. Great read for most!