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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34 Responses to Book Review: The Murderer’s Daughters

  1. kford2007 says:

    going on my TBR list now. Thanks for the review.

  2. Cat Forsley says:

    You sold me that Book …………….. – totally bad grammar there sorry – Lol ………… still early here ……………. “survival and acceptance ” …………….
    Beautiful K Heart ….. will check into it later 🙂 when i get my grammar on 🙂 xoxoxoxo C

  3. Gwen says:

    Sounds fantastic. I’m adding it to my Goodreads immediately!

  4. winsomebella says:

    Sounds great and will be added to my list (ahead of some already there :-)).

    • I was really satisfied with the book. That’s not a common experience. It took me on an emotional journey and made me see things from so many different angles. I loved all the gray. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    I have this on my Goodreads to-read list, and now I’m even more eager to get to it. I didn’t realize it was published a few years ago. I thought it was recently released, as I’ve just been hearing about it over the last couple months.

    • Her second book, The Comfort of Lies, just came out. That’s also on my to read list. I think the first book’s been getting lots of press because it was so so good and they are using it to help sell the second book. It worked for me. 😉

  6. Sound like that book was waiting until the perfect time to be read – time when you would focus on it for an uninterrupted period of time?
    WIll have to look for this one

  7. jmmcdowell says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of recent recommendations for this book. I may have to try it, even though it’s not my usual genre….

    • It was an extraordinary read. But if the topic doesn’t interest you, you may not enjoy the book. So much of reading is so subjective. I liked the topic, I loved her writing. It was a beautiful story, but there were dark moments in it.

  8. EllaDee says:

    Powerful review and powerful book by the sounds of it. You were very brave reading it on the train… I save anything I think will make me cry… and just reading your review was moving… for at home!

    • I thought I might cry, but for some reason this touched and stirred me without setting off super waterworks. I took a risk reading it on the train. Though it wouldn’t be the first time I cried on public transportation. 😉

  9. Thank you for the review! I had not heard of this book, but it’s on my list of ‘to reads’ now. Can’t wait.

  10. 4amWriter says:

    I love this kind of book, the dark family drama. I will add this to my list. Thanks for the recommendation.

  11. Wow. Top ten? That’s huge! So fun to find such treasures. Adding it to my ever-expansive TR pile. 😉

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