The Murderer's Daughters

The Murderer's Daughters

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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Lulu and Merry's childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu's tenth birthday their father propels them into a nightmare. He's always hungered for the love of the girls' self-obsessed mother; after she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly. Lulu had been warned not let her father in, but when he shows up drunk, he's impossible to ignore. He bullies his way past Lulu, who then listens in horror as her parents struggle. She runs for help, but discovers upon her return that he's murdered her mother, stabbed her five-year-old sister, Merry, and tried, unsuccessfully, to kill himself.
Lulu and Merry are effectively orphaned by their mother's death and father's imprisonment. The girls' relatives refuse to care for them and abandon them to a terrifying group home. Even as they plot to be taken in by a well-to-do family, they come to learn they'll never really belong anywhere or to anyone--that all they have to hold onto is each other.
For thirty years, the sisters try to make sense of what happened. Their imprisoned father is a specter in both their lives, shadowing every choice they make. One spends her life pretending he's dead, while the other feels compelled--by fear, by duty--to keep him close. Both dread the day his attempts to win parole may meet with success.
A beautifully written, compulsively readable debut, The Murderer's Daughters is a testament to the power of family and the ties that bind us together and tear us apart.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312576981
Branch Call Number: FIC MEYERS
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jul 17, 2018

I enjoyed this book. However, the author, like television writers, cannot simply write a story without including their (unnecessary) political views?!?!?!

Jul 17, 2013

See the comment below this one - it is a very good synopsis of the book. The characters are well rounded and their stories pull you in. How does an adult deal with betrayal by a father, let alone a child? The book draws you in as both sisters waver back and forth about their feelings toward their father. The secret of his incarceration is felt through four generations and the effect is resounding in its intensity. A very good book on a very difficult subject. I highly recommend it.

Melbergo Oct 08, 2011

The Murder’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers

Having just finished The Good Wife, a fascinating story that details life for a woman waiting for her husband to be released from jail, I was surprised to find my random audio selection was again about a crime and incarceration, but this time from the children’s point of view.
LuLu and Merry are sisters growing up in an unstable home where violence trembles as the self obsessed mother attempts to separate the father from the family. When LuLu disobeys the standing rule about opening the front door to her father, the nightmare begins. Within a few pages, the mother is dead, Merry is stabbed and the father has attempted suicide. Tragedy continues as these parentless girls are shunned by their mother’s family and raised by an elderly relative of their father until finally they find themselves wards of the state. In their own time, these girls grow to be strong independent woman and their individual and joint narratives are compelling.
The story’s telling alternates between the two sisters. LuLu, is ten when the book begins. Just four years older than her sister, she seems to adopt a parental role in the family and this of course has an impact on all she does and says for the next thirty years. Merry, always her father’s favorite is about six at the time of the murder. She remains confused and compassionate throughout the book. The author allows the characters to grow and then stagnate at a believable pace. I found myself thinking about them long after the book ended. Even though the subject matter seems to be violent, I can truly say that I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in watching two courageous young women learn how to survive the aftermath of tragedy.


Aug 09, 2011

I enjoyed this book. I could feel for both of the girls and, eventually, the father.


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