The Marsh King’s Daughter
‘I was born two years into my mother’s captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I would have been a lot more understanding of my mother. I wouldn’t have adored my father.’
When the notorious child abductor known as the Marsh King escapes from a maximum security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger.
No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve – or that her father raised her to be a killer.
And they don’t know that the Marsh King can survive and hunt in the wilderness better than anyone… except, perhaps his own daughter.
The Marsh King’s Daughter is definitely what I’d call an unforgettable novel. It is sure to make waves this year. Just a couple of aspects that make it stand out are it’s ability to envelope the reader, keep you glued to the pages and snatch your breath away a little bit more with each passing chapter. I only meant to read a few pages when I started. A few hours later and I was half way through. Expertly plotted and very addictive.
Helena’s father, notorious kidnapper, The Marsh King, escapes prison, killing two security guards in the process. After sending her two daughters away to safety, Helena takes it upon herself to hunt down her father and return him to prison, using the skills he taught her growing up. But who will succeed. The Marsh King or The Marsh King’s Daughter? It very quickly becomes an almost cat and mouse game between them. Told solely from Helena’s point of view, the chapters alternate between her past growing up in the marsh and the present as she tracks down her father.
It was in the latter part of Helena’s captivity – when she is twelve-years-old – that she realised her father kidnapped her mother when she was a child and forced her into the shackles of a frightening new life in the marsh. Beforehand, her father was the apple of her eye. The dad she adored. The man who taught her to fish, to care for herself in the wild, to live sufficiently in world many of us would struggle to exist in. He also taut her to be a killer using techniques that sent shivers down my spine.
The descriptions of life in the marsh are quite simply incredible. Rich and raw, a shocking exploration into the relationship between the Marsh King and his daughter. Marvellous!
I absolutely loved this novel. Clever. Creepy. Dripping with suspense and power, this novel is one wonderful read!
Atmospheric. Suspenseful. Haunting.
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Huge thanks to Ella Bowman for my review copy!