The Marsh King’s Daughter

The Marsh King's DaughterThe Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Helena seems like an ordinary Mom. She has 2 children and has her own business making jellies and jams. She is married and adores her husband. What many people don’t know (including her husband) is that Helena changed her name years ago for a reason. She is the child of Jacob Holbrook also known as the Marsh King. Jacob abducted Helena’s Mother when she was 13 years old and took her to a remote cabin in the marsh’s of Michigan where she gave birth to Helena at 16 years old. Helena has no idea while growing up that her Mother is a prisoner and the man she calls Father and loves dearly is a horrible man. Helena’s father taught her how to hunt and they played extreme games of hide and seek where Helena learned how to track her own father like she would an animal. Helena’s world come crashing down when she finds out at age 12 about her Mother’s abduction, rape and who her father really is.

She never saw her father again after being rescued and changed her name and never looked back on her old life, until a radio broadcast announced that the Marsh King (her Father) had killed two guards and escaped from prison. Helena knows she must find her father before he can hurt her family and sets out to find him, only to discover her Dad is already playing a new game of hide and seek with her.

I enjoyed the story line and Helena’s character. The book flips back and forth between the present and Helena’s past growing up with her father and all that he taught her. The story flowed easily and while there was sometimes too much detail when rehashing the past, all and all I enjoyed the book.

I received this book as an ARC, this book will be published on June 13, 2017.


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