The Marsh King's Daughter

The Marsh King's Daughter : A one-more-page, read-in-one-sitting thriller that you'll remember for ever

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Published in ebook and paperback as Home

You'd recognise my mother's name if I told it to you. You'd wonder, briefly, where is she now? And didn't she have a daughter while she was missing?

And whatever happened to the little girl?

Helena's home is like anyone else's. With a husband and two daughters, and a job she enjoys. But no one knows the truth about her childhood.

Born into captivity and brought up in an isolated cabin until she was 12, Helena was raised to be a killer by the man who kept her captive - her own father.

Now he has escaped from prison and Helena knows, instinctively, that he is coming for her. To keep her family safe she must find him, before he finds her. Even if it means returning to the darkest parts of her past.

Even if she has to go home . . .


'I loved this book' LEE CHILD

'Gave me chills' KARIN SLAUGHTER


'You won't be able to stop turning the pages' MEGAN ABBOTT

'Mesmerising' ALEX MARWOOD

'A nail-biter' COSMOPOLITAN


'A knockout' SARAH HILARY

'I was absolutely gripped' GILLY MACMILLAN

'Eerie and breathtaking, terrific and terrifying' TEA OBREHT, author of THE TIGER'S WIFE

'Thrilling' MARK EDWARDS
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 164 x 237 x 31mm | 560g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751567388
  • 9780751567380
  • 213,141

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In this riveting story...there are shades of Emma Donoghue's Room, (though) Dionne explores more thoroughly the relationship between captor and captive, the heavy anchoring of a familial bond and the exploitation of childhood innocence * EVENING STANDARD * Sensationally good psychological suspense - I loved this book * LEE CHILD * The prose is sinuous and lush; the storytelling is relentless... Home is set to make the season's other thrillers look undernourished. * IRISH TIMES * Original and exciting, with a thrilling ending. If you liked Room, you'll love it * MARK EDWARDS * Loved it . . . Haunting and compelling * TOM WOOD * Eerie and breathtaking, terrific and terrifying in the best possible way * TEA OBREHT * This is Room meets The Revenant and has screenplay adaptation shot through it like a stick of rock... the plot is fantastic but it is the characters that set this book alight...LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK * L.V. HAY * Utterly amazing... I loved it * JENNY ASHCROFT * Exceptional...Helena's conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity elevate this powerful story * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW * My God - what a writer, what a book. Kept me gripped * MARK HILL * A real tour-de-force. Beautifully written, heart-pounding action, finely drawn characters * GILLY MACMILLAN * I don't use the word "brilliant" often, but no other adjective feels adequate to describe this amazing novel . . . an exceptional achievement * DAVID MORRELL * Troubling, sinuous and powerfully told, you won't be able to stop turning the pages * MEGAN ABBOTT * Oh, such a wonderful book... I am completely blown away. Just mesmerising * ALEX MARWOOD * Although there are shades of Emma Donahue's Room here, Dionne explores more thoroughly the relationship between captor and captive, the heavy anchoring of a familial bond and the exploitation of childhood innocence... Riveting * EVENING STANDARD * Unlike anything else I've read. Haunting and unputdownable * LAURA MARSHALL * Tension-filled thriller... Disturbing and atmospheric - it gripped me from the first page * WOMAN & HOME * This gorgeously written eerie suspense novel gave me chills... I loved it * KARIN SLAUGHTER * Subtle, brilliant and mature . . . superb . . . as good as a thriller can be * NEW YORK TIMES * Sensational . . . if you only read one thriller this year, make it this * CLARE MACKINTOSH * A constantly surprising novel which never takes the obvious route, it is emotionally and intellectually thrilling as well as tremendously exciting * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
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About Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne drew heavily on her experiences during the 1970s in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to write Home (previously published as The Marsh King's Daughter), when she and her husband lived in a tent with their six-week-old daughter while they built a tiny cabin. Karen carried water from a stream, made wild apple jelly over a campfire (and defended it against marauding raccoons), sampled wild foods such as cattail heads and milkweed pods, and washed nappies in a bucket (which Karen says is every bit as nasty as it sounds). She enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit's northern suburbs.
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Rating details

16,607 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 27% (4,427)
4 42% (6,942)
3 24% (3,997)
2 6% (957)
1 2% (284)
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