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Karen Dionne’s thriller The Marsh King’s Daughter is a gripping story of abduction, murder, and identity. Helena Pelletier grew up with her parents in the isolated marshlands of the Upper Michigan Peninsula. It wasn’t until the age of twelve when her father was imprisoned that Helena realised she was a product of an abduction, and ever since she has worked to conceal her disturbing past. Now happily married with a family of her own, Helena is informed that her survivalist father has escaped prison, and she is the only one who can track him down. Like Where the Crawdads Sing, the book features a girl who has come of age in isolation (though the ‘Marsh’ of the title refers to the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, not steamy North Carolina). It has also been likened to Emma Donoghue’s captive family story Room.
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