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The Marsh King's Daughter

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Barry Awards Best Novel
Macavity Awards Best Novel (nominee)

“Brilliant....About as good as a thriller can be.”—The New York Times Book Review

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 own 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] nail-biter perfect for
Room fans.”—Cosmopolitan

“Sensationally good psychological suspense.”—Lee Child

A Michigan Notable Book!

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"I was drawn into Karen Dionne's The Marsh King's Daughter from its first captivating sentences. Troubling, sinuous and powerfully told, you won't be able to stop turning the pages," - Megan Abbott

"Sensationally good psychological suspense - I loved this book." - Lee Child

"Original and exciting, with a thrilling ending. If you liked Room, you'll love it." - Mark Edwards

"The Marsh King's Daughter is bound to become a classic. Read it." - Sara Gruen

"Totally compelling and different from anything I can remember reading before." - Peter Lovesey

"If you only read one thriller this year, make it The Marsh King's Daughter. It's sensational." - Clare Mackintosh

"I was absolutely gripped. What a fresh novel, and so expertly plotted and wonderfully well written. I loved the narrative voice, and thought the balance of beautifully drawn and compelling character study and heart-pounding action was absolutely superb. A real tour-de-force." - Gilly MacMillan

"Unlike anything else I've read. Haunting and unputdownable." - Laura Marshall

"Oh, such a wonderful book... I am completely blown away. Just mesmerising." - Alex Marwood

"I don't use the word 'brilliant' often, but no other adjective feels adequate to describe this amazing novel... It's an understatement to say The Marsh King's Daughter is an exceptional achievement." - David Morrell

"Eerie and breathtaking, terrific and terrifying in the best possible way." - Téa Obreht

"This gorgeously written eerie suspense novel gave me chills... I loved it." - Karin Slaughter

"Loved The Marsh King's Daughter. Haunting and compelling." - Tom Wood

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