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The Marsh King's Daughter (Hardcover)
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Helena is the daughter of a man who abducted her mother (at 14) and took her to live in the impenetrable marshland of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Her father taught Helena the ways of the land, from tracking and trapping and hunting to surviving in a hostile environment. Now Helena is free, with two children of her own. Her father has escaped from prison, killing two guards on the way, and disappears into the marsh he and Helena know so well. Helena is afraid he might come after her daughters. Only she has the skill in the wild and knowledge about her father's tendencies to track him. This is a compelling and driving thriller, unusual and fascinating in its treatment of nature, the surrounding environment, and also the intense and -- particularly in this case -- complicated psychological bonds between fathers and daughters.
July 2017 Indie Next List
“After a childhood in the wilds of Northern Michigan, where her rugged, brutal father was the center of her world, Helena has made a new life with a family who doesn't know her past. Now she and her father are hunting each other and Helena must use all the skills he taught her to survive. Fascinating, dark, and disturbing, The Marsh King's Daughter is a psychological thriller most compelling in its rich descriptions of the survivalist training of a very tough little girl.”
— Patty Mullins (E), Oblong Books And Music,LLC., Millerton, NY
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"Brilliant....About as good as a thriller can be."--The New York Times Book Review " A] nail-biter perfect for Room fans."--Cosmopolitan
"Sensationally good psychological suspense."--Lee Child Praised by Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, The Marsh King's Daughter is the mesmerizing tale 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. Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also 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. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father's sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage 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 marsh. The police begin 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. A Michigan Notable Book
About the Author
Karen Dionne is the cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, the organizer of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors. She has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar, and lives with her husband in Detroit's northern suburbs.