Friday, July 7, 2017

Short Book Review: 'The Marsh King's Daughter' by Karen Dionne

Disclosure:  I received an advanced reader's copy from Penguin's First To Read Program for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

**Book synopsis and cover photo from Goodreads**

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne
Publication Date:  June 13, 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Genre:  Adult Fiction; Thriller
Pages:  320
Source:  Penguin's First To Read Program
My Rating:  ⭐⭐ (2 out of 5 stars)

When 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.

My Thoughts: The reason I wanted to read this book was because I love thrillers and the synopsis sounded really intriguing. I really, really wanted to love this book, however, the story dragged too much for me and it didn't hold my attention for very long. I just could not get into this book and it took me forever to read. I guess I'm in the minority, since this book has really good reviews on Goodreads.

I want a thriller type of book to keep me on the edge of my seat and I didn't think there was enough action in this story, enough thrills. There were parts of the story that were just uncomfortable to read.  There was a certain part, that takes place in the past, where Helena is hunting with her father that I felt were too graphic (even for someone like me who loves horror books!). That part got way too descriptive and it definitely turned me off from wanting to read further. 

If you like thrillers or suspense novels, maybe give this one a chance, because you might like it more, but this book was just not for me.

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