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Author Book Talk- Karen Dionne

August 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Community Room

Audience: Adults

Join us on August 15, 2:00 PM, for an author Meet & Book Discussion with Karen Dionne, a Michigan Author, on “The Marsh King’s Daughter”.

One of the most acclaimed thrillers of 2017, THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER by Karen Dionne (G. P. Putnam’s Sons) will be available in paperback on April 17, 2018.
An international bestseller appearing on numerous Best of 2017 lists, this penetrating work of psychological suspense has been named a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and nominated for both the International Association of Crime Writers annual Hammett Prize and Barry Award. A major motion picture directed by Oscar‐nominated
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game and Passengers) and starring Oscar‐winner Alicia Vikander is also in the works.


This riveting novel is the story of a woman with a secret past. When a pathologically dangerous man resurfaces, threatening the fragile new life she has constructed, this resourceful woman alone has the skills to bring him to justice. After all, he is the man who taught her everything she knows: her father. Helena is the product of extreme circumstances. Her father, Jacob Holbrook, is a notorious child abductor who
kidnapped her mother when her mother was only fourteen years old and took her to live as his wife in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, the product of this unholy union, was raised completely off the grid, from an early age learning the hunting, fishing, trapping, and foraging skills needed to survive far away from civilization. Young Helena, unaware of how peculiar her life was, bonded with her
father—until she discovered the truth of his savage behavior and risked everything to save her mother and herself. Jacob, christened the Marsh King by the media, eluded the authorities for two years before finally being
captured and imprisoned.

Now, more than a decade later, Helena has built a new life, with a husband and two young daughters of her own. While the call of the wild occasionally beckons, she lives a mostly ordinary life. That changes when her father escapes from prison, leaving two guards dead. As the manhunt begins, authorities track him to the nearby wildlife refuge, but Helena alone understands that Jacob has cleverly deceived his pursuers. She instinctively knows that her father has disappeared once more into the marsh, and that she is the only person trained to track him. As she begins to close in on the crazed and violent Marsh King, Helena comes to realize he is not seeking refuge, he is seeking her, as well as her daughters. The line between hunter and quarry has suddenly disappeared.

Karen Dionne, who as a young woman moved to the Upper Peninsula wilderness with her husband and infant daughter in search of a more natural way of life, brings unrivaled knowledge of living off the land in near isolation to this remarkable, one‐of‐a‐kind thriller. 


Karen Dionne is the cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, the organizer of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors.
She has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a humanities scholar, and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.


August 15
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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