Book Review: The Murderer’s Daughters


Randy Susan Meyers‘ The Murderer’s Daughters has been on my to read shelf since 2010. That’s a crime because this book is so beautifully written. I savored it on my train rides to and from the city in February and March. Finishing it over sushi at the restaurant at my stop last week.

It’s told in alternating POV from the perspectives of the sisters left orphaned when their father murders their mother.

Ms. Meyers does an amazing job fleshing out Lulu and Merry. You sympathize with each of them and understand why they took their different paths with respect to their dad. Lulu refuses to see him and cuts him out of her life. Merry treks to the prison and replies to his letters.

You ache for them to grow up to escape the powerlessness of childhood.

But even then, both are haunted by the violence he brought into their home.

Ms. Meyers writing is smooth and the pages fly by. I forgot I was on the train and nearly missed my stop because I was so caught up in Lulu and Merry’s lives.

Ms. Meyers characters are tragically flawed by what their father did, but they find the strength to face things no one should have to.

This was one of my best reads of 2013. Probably one of the top 10 books I’ve read to date. Truly amazing characters telling a story I had to hear.

If you only have time to read one emotionally honest, gripping tale of survival and acceptance, this is the book to read.

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