The Marsh King’s Daughter

The Marsh King’s Daughter

Series: Wilderness Novels
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Year: 2018
ASIN: 0735213011
ISBN: 0735213011

Helena Pelletier loved learning from her survivalist father in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but she keeps her childhood a secret. Not even Helena’s loving husband knows about her past, and she hopes to keep it that way. Helena’s father kidnapped her mother and kept her in a remote cabin. After two years of captivity, Helena was born. Now, with daughter of her own and a new life, Helena can sleep at night knowing her father is in prison...until he kills two guards and escapes into the wilderness. With the manhunt underway, Helena knows the police underestimate her father’s capabilities. And the only one who can find him is his own daughter.

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

“[A] nail-biter perfect for Room fans.”–Cosmopolitan

“Sensationally good psychological suspense.”–Lee Child

Praised by Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, 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.

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