The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
My Rating: 4/5
Release Date: 17 June 2017
Helena has a beautiful family and a happy life but her twisted, secret past is about to threaten everything and everyone she loves. Helena is the product of a kidnapping, her father a disturbed sadist who took her teenage mother into the deep marshes of Michigan’s upper peninsula for fourteen years. He has escaped prison, leaving death in his wake, and the only person with the tracking skills and knowledge of the marsh and the man necessary is Helena.
The story alternates between Helena’s present hunt and her history, a childhood spent in adoration and fear of this monster. The guilelessness of young Helena demonstrates the normalization of horrifying circumstances when there is nothing else to know. The inclusion of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of the “Marsh King” is well done and imbues an aura of lore over Helena’s childhood that is slowly chipped away as the novel progresses.
An exciting hunt-or-be-hunted tale this is a thriller to pick up this summer. Gory hunting descriptions and graphic violence, due warning.