The Marsh King’s Daughter

The Marsh King’s DaughterThe Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on June 13th 2017
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0735213003
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I love the feeling when I pick up a book that makes me want to sink down into a comfortable chair and read all day. The Marsh King’s Daughter was that book for me. I had heard a lot of hype surrounding this book. I always get frustrated when a book does not live up to it’s hype. Thankfully, I did not get frustrated with this book! I also really liked how the chapters began with Han Christen Anderson’s “The Marsh King’s Daughter” That was a really nice and unexpected touch!

Helena’s is the Marsh King’s daughter. She was born two years into her Mother’s captivity. It is a secret that she keeps in her life. Not even her husband knows about her past. All he knows is that she likes to go off to hunt, to spend time in nature and to be alone. Helena’s secret is that her father kidnapped her Mother and held her captive. That Helena was born in captivity and raised there until she was twelve years old. Her father raised her to be tough, to live off the land, to hunt, to kill, to track and to survive in the harshest of conditions.

When Helena hears that news that her infamous father has escaped from prison, she fears for her two young daughters. She also fears that with his expert survival skills, her father will be next to impossible for the authorities to capture. She believes that she will be the only one who will be able to track him.

What also is a nice and believable touch is the inner turmoil which Helena feels. He is her father and growing up she both idolized and feared him. She loved him. To her, he was her father; to her Mother he was her kidnapper, rapist, and jailer. Helena knows that her father abducted her Mother. She both loathes and loves him. She knows if he had not taken her Mother, that she, Helena would not be alive. But on the other hand, she knows the horrors that her Mother (and she) endured and she detests him for that. She teeters a fine line between love and hate.

Helena’s tail kept me turning the pages. The Marsh King’s Daughter is a thought provoking book. The story shows us Helena’s present day where she has had to learn to live in society, where she has had to learn to trust, to be affectionate with her children, and how to be a productive member of society. We are given glimpses into her past, how she was raised, how she was treated by her father and Mother. I found this book flowed easily between past and present. My only complaint with this book was at times I wanted it to flow a little faster. Hurry up and get to the point if you will. But overall this was a very thought provoking and suspenseful book.