Now available from G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER! “Exceptional. . . . Helena’s conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity elevate this powerful story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The Marsh King’s Daughter is a masterpiece. Read it.” — Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
” . . . a nail-biter perfect for Room fans.” — Cosmopolitan
When the notorious child abductor, “The Marsh King,” escapes from a maximum security prison in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula wilderness, Helena Pelletier is sure she can use the hunting and tracking skills she learned as a child to find him. After all, no one is The Marsh King’s equal when it comes to navigating the marshland—except Helena herself, his daughter.
But as Helena hunts her father to return him to prison, gradually she realizes that his escape is the first step in an elaborate scheme to kidnap her and her two young daughters. As their cat and quarry game unfolds, she must use all of her wilderness skills not only to thwart his plan, but to survive it.
THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER will soon be available in 20 languages!
“[A] well-crafted, eerie, and unnerving psychological thriller. With a strong setting and swift pacing, this novel is recommended for readers who enjoyed Emma Donoghue’s Room and Travis Mulhauser’s Sweetgirl.” — Library Journal
“Dionne’s creativity is on display in her amazing imagining of the life of a child born to a mother held captive, and the child’s conflicted relationship with her abductor father. First‐rate plotting builds the tension with psychological suspense and action sequences. Chapters vary between present day and backstory, providing insight into the narrator’s character as an adult and as a child. The story is at once both horrific and fascinating.” — RT Book Reviews
Sensationally good psychological suspense – I loved this book.” — Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
“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, author of The Fever
“This gorgeously written eerie suspense novel gave me chills as it raced toward an unexpected climax. I loved it!” — Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Girls
“If you only read one thriller this year, make it The Marsh King’s Daughter. It’s sensational . . . a truly stunning book.” — Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go
“A psychological thriller of the highest level . . . a taut page turner that haunts the reader long after the last line is read.” — Shelf Awareness
“Eerie and breathtaking, terrific and terrifying in the best possible way. Karen Dionne holds you under her spell from the first word to the last—and then some.” – Téa Obreht, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife, National Book Award finalist, winner of the Orange Prize
“The Marsh King’s Daughter is a masterpiece of crisp prose and fine storytelling. Sinister and complex, this book’s twists and turns lead to a final confrontation so intense it will leave your heart pounding. The Marsh King’s Daughter is bound to become a classic. Read it.” — Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
“[W]ill keep readers gripped until the end … for fans of Emma Donoghue’s Room and of novels with strong female leads.” — Booklist
“Expertly written, gripping, compulsively readable – The Marsh King’s Daughter is a stunner of a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Karen Dionne has created a world, a mood and a heroine that you won’t forget anytime soon.” — Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue
“Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter impressed me on so many levels that I’m dazed. I don’t use the word “brilliant” often, but no other adjective feels adequate to describe this amazing novel. Its plot immediately grabbed me, as did its palpably vivid details, its gripping tone, and its expert handling of an unusual, awe-inspiring structure. The brooding undertone of unease that reverberates from the pages kept me spellbound, and the ultimate violent cathartic confrontation literally made me gasp. It’s an understatement to say that The Marsh King’s Daughter is an exceptional achievement.” — David Morrell, author of First Blood and Murder as a Fine Art; creator of the iconic character “Rambo”
“Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter has everything I could ask for in a psychological thriller: a stunningly fresh and confident voice, gorgeous writing, originality, and a complex protagonist I could really root for. I wish it were possible to read a book for the first time more than once so I could have the joy of discovering it all over again. Readers will love this magnificent and compelling story!” — Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret
“We are haunted by stories of girls imprisoned by feral misfits, and we wonder — did rescue come soon enough to save body and soul? What do they remember, and, if they remember everything, do they dare to sleep given what dreams might come? Karen Dionne’s terrifically realized new novel tells the story of the child born to such a girl and the strange, brooding survivalist who went to prison for kidnapping. When “the Marsh King” escapes from prison, his daughter, every inch her father’s child, prepares to meet him, this time on her turf. Don’t think you know how this plays out, just hand the reins to Dionne, who is completely in control of this unexpected narrative, and of your pounding heart.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean