Book Review: The Murderer’s Daughters

The Murderer's DaughtersThe Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

10 year old Lulu’s mother warns Lulu not to open the door to her estranged father and then retreats to her bedroom for a nap. Lulu’s father does indeed come over and convinces her to let him in. He then murderers Lulu’s mother and stabs her 5 year old sister Merry before trying to kill himself.

The girls are passed between relatives before ending up abandoned to a group home. This book follows their lives well into adulthood. One sister shuts out her father completely while the other keeps him in her life by visiting him in prison and writing letters.

This book explores the different ways that people respond to tragedy and how differently people choose to cope with the aftermath. The book alternates between Lulu and Merry’s point of view so the reader not only learns each sister’s point of view but also how each sister interprets the other’s actions. Both sisters were such well-developed characters that the directions their lives took was unpredictable yet realistic at the same time. They were both relatable and frustrating at times.

This was a wonderful debut novel from Randy Susan Meyers. I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next.

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(I received this book courtesy of the publisher and the GoodReads FirstReads program.)