The Marsh King's Daughter

The Marsh King's Daughter

eBook - 2017
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Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735213029
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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 th... Read More »

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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