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.
I wanted to read this book from first moment that I saw it on NetGalley. The story-line sounded quite intriguing. It took me quite a while but thanks to an Angel, I finally got my hands on a copy of the book.
The story begins with Helena discovering that her father has escaped from prison. Known as the Marsh King, her father is a notorious criminal who years ago abducted Helena’s mother and held her in captivity for over a decade. Through Helena’s narration, readers get to find out just how dark and twisted The Marsh King was. He was a cruel man with psychotic tendencies. Knowing his background heightened the tension in the book as it became apparent the kind of danger he posed to everyone while on the run.
One thing that I didn’t expect when I started reading the book is the narrative style. The narrator is Helena and for most of the story, readers are stuck in her mind. The past is narrated through recollections of her childhood. The present is also narrated by the MC. In a way, I kinda felt like the entire story was taking place in her mind. This is not a complaint though. The narrative style does work for this book.
I liked the characterization in this book. Helena definitely was an intriguing MC. I was fascinated by her childhood and how it impacted on her character. I wish there was more about her mum though. Understandably though, this is the daughter’s story and the book is not titled Marsh King’s wife so I get it but I was still curious.
The Marsh King’s Daughter turned out to be an interesting read. However, I had difficulties connecting with the MC. I just didn’t get her. I understand that her character was deliberate due to her upbringing but I couldn’t connect with her and so I wasn’t really excited about spending time in her mind. There was also a fairytale that I honestly didn’t get for most part of the story and some graphic scenes that I had to skim over. Other than that, this was quite a disturbing, fast-paced read and I am glad that I finally got a chance to read it.