The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog


Primary Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Published: 13 Jun 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page count: 320
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Cover: Green
Pacing: Surprisingly good
Ending: Sad, but wrapped up
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy The Marsh King’s Daughter

My rating: ★★★☆

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.

My Thoughts
This is an interesting story about a unique family. Here are my pros and cons for The Marsh King’s Daughter:


  1. I thought this book was incredibly atmospheric – you will feel like you are living in the marsh right alongside Helena and her parents.
  2. I loved that this was written completely from Helena’s POV. That was a first for me… an abduction story from the viewpoint of the child born into the situation. She knew of nothing but her parents and the marsh as she was growing up. The situation she was in was simply her life. She had nothing else to compare it to, so it wasn’t scary or unnatural to her.
  3. The story goes back and forth in time which provides an in depth look into her life with her parents and how those experiences have impacted her life as an adult.
  4. I thought it was interesting that Helena loves her father… even after she learned that he abducted her mother. I’ve always been intrigued by stories were children love a parent, even if they don’t like the parent. I can’t imagine how psychologically challenging that must be.
  5. I also found it interesting that Helena seemed to have more disdain for her mother (while growing up and after they gained their freedom) than for her father.
  6. I liked that segments of the Marsh King’s Daughter fairy tale (Hans Christian Andersen) was interspersed between chapters.
  7. I think I anticipated this book to progress slowly, but it was really quite unputdownable. I was completely engrossed in the lives of Helena and her family.


  1. I did not feel like this was a thriller in any way, shape, or form. Intense family drama, with some tense situations, but not a thriller.
  2. I saw the ending coming a mile away. It didn’t ruin it for me, but I think most readers will see it coming.

This was, at its core, a story about a father and a daughter, and the love and respect they have for one another in spite of everything. It was a unique family drama that stemmed from a horrific event. Interestingly, Helena learned to love her father before she learned she should hate him.

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.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in abduction stories, intense family dramas, or father/daughter relationships.

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