'I was born two years into my mother's captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I wouldn't have adored my father.'When notorious child abductor - known as The Marsh King - escapes from a maximum security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger. No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena's past: they don't know that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve - or that her father raised her to be a killer. And they don't know that The Marsh King can survive and hunt in the wilderness better than anyone... except, perhaps his own daughter. Packed with gripping suspense and powerful storytelling, The Marsh King's Daughter is a one-more-page, read-in-one-sitting thriller that you'll remember for ever.
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The Marsh King's Daughter is the fourth novel by American author, blogger and reviewer, Karen Dionne. On her way home to her school-age daughter, with her three-year-old in the car, Helena Pelletier catches the end of a news report that chills her to the bone. Jacob Holbrook has escaped from jail, killing two guards in the process. Helena is the daughter of a kidnapped girl and her captor, known as The Marsh King. Jacob Holbrook is The Marsh King.
"… I was a child. I loved my father. The Jacob Holbrook I knew was smart, funny, patient and kind. He took care of me, fed me and clothed me. Taught me everything I needed to know not only to survive in the marsh, but to thrive". Because she spent the first twelve years of her life with this man, in the marshes of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, exposed to his Ojibwa legends, his theories, his discipline, Helena knows he can easily evade the manhunt now taking place. She knows where he's headed and that she will have to be the one to find him.
Dionne alternates the narrative between three main time periods: the present day, Helena's twelve years in the cabin in the marsh, and the period after Helena and her mother left the marsh. The sections of cabin narrative are preceded by quotes from a translation of Hans Christian Andersen's folk tale of the same title, and parallels between the stories are immediately apparent.
This is a thoroughly gripping tale, a true page-turner. Dionne expertly builds up the tension, then halfway through, hits the reader with a real gut punch, before racing to a heart-stopping climax. At the same time, she explores some interesting topics: the effect of being born and raised in captivity; the power of psychological coercion; and society's resistance to the unconventional, to mention a few. As a bonus, Dionne's descriptive prose is often exquisite.
Dionne's characters are complex and well rendered. Her extensive research into the flora and fauna of the marshes, the seasonal changes that occur t
BEST BOOKS TO READ THIS SUMMER Although there are shades of Emma Donahue's Room here, Dionne explores more thoroughly the relationship between captor and captive, the heavy anchoring of a familial bond and the exploitation of childhood innocence... Riveting * EVENING STANDARD * Tension-filled thriller... Disturbing and atmospheric - it gripped me from the first page * WOMAN & HOME * A constantly surprising novel which never takes the obvious route, it is emotionally and intellectually thrilling as well as tremendously exciting * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th June 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.3 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1