The Marsh King's Daughter

“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.

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Marsh Kings daughter5 star

Couldn’t put it down. Really great book. Incredibly detailed and suspenseful. Highly recommend! 55


The Marsh King’s Daughter3 star

Great writing but did not care for Helena. Not a sympathetic character as she should’ve been 35

DLM inWyo

Well deserved five star book5 star

A poignantly suspenseful book that grabs the reader from the first page and holds on to the very sad and exhilarating end. A daughter’s love of her father, and her hatred, both so well told, I felt the character’s angst as the story reached its conclusion. I couldn’t put this book down. 55


A Story Well Told5 star

This is a fascinating and beautiful story. A modern day fairytale. I could not put it down. 55

WooHoo Bird

Wonderful!5 star

This book is amazing and so unique! It is well written, flows nice and keeps you interested. I couldn’t put it down. I love the characters! 55


Rather boring......2 star

Character (Helena) just isn’t sympathetic. 25


Absolutely brilliant!5 star

Absolutely brilliant! Best book I’ve read in a really long time. Thank you. 55


Awesome read.5 star

All I can say is oh my God. I hung on to the edge of my chair. 55


Great novel!1 star

What a great rad! It pulls you in, grabs hold, and makes you read it in one sitting. 15


Page turner!5 star

I read this book in a few evenings and couldn't put it down. 55

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