Book Review – The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Opinion:

Helena is happily married with two daughters, Iris and Mari. She has her own business selling jelly and jam to local businesses and online. Her husband Stephen sells lighthouse photographs. Life is going well for them, and Helena has buried her true identity from everyone, even Stephen. All of that is threatened when Helena hears a news alert on the radio about an escaped prisoner. He is armed and dangerous, his name is Jacob Holbrook aka The Marsh King. Her father.

“Come inside,” Stephen says. Not to me, but to them. He drops my hand and leads the officers across our front porch and into our house. And just like that, the walls of my carefully constructed second life come tumbling down.

After reading the synopsis for this book, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I was expecting a dramatic hunt for the Marsh King, while Helena tries to protect her family. While this is true on some level, it’s actually a whole lot more. What I wasn’t expecting is to hear in such great detail about Helena’s life, while living in the marsh, from the time she was born until her escape. The storyline goes back and forth between current day and life while living in the marsh. The marsh storyline is so well written I felt like I was reading a true story of a young girl, born in captivity, raised by a narcissistic father and a mother who feared him. It was absolutely fascinating to me, on a psychological level. I loved that the story was told from the perspective of Helena, rather than her mother. Helena gives a tense, disturbing, and yet honest account of her world and life with her parents.

This is a fantastic story! It’s a suspenseful, troubling story of relationships, family, and even love. I highly recommend it and think it will be a top summer read.

Thank you Penguin – First to Read for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Rating:Β 5/5

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Series: None

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Publication Date: 6/20/2017

Pages: 320 (eBook)

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