When Randy Susan Meyers was a child, her mother told her older sister not to let their father in their house. Her father then tried to kill her mother, stopped only because Meyers’s sister got a neighbor and the police arrived in time. But Meyers was left to wonder, what if? What if her sister hadn’t been brave enough to run to a neighbor’s; what if the police didn’t make it? Her inability to let go of these thoughts led her to write The Murderer’s Daughters.
Now available in paperback, The Murderer’s Daughters follows the story of Lulu and Merry. After the fateful event based on Meyers’s true-life story, they are taken in by their maternal grandmother. After her death their paternal grandmother is too ill to take care of them, and their mother’s sister refuses to have the daughters of her sister’s killer under her roof. They are shipped off to an orphanage and then taken in by a social worker.
Lulu writes her father off from the beginning, refusing to visit him or return his letters. She forces Merry to lie about their parents, fabricating a fatal car accident as their cover story. Merry, 5 years old when the murder occurs, wants nothing but her father, and continues to visit him in prison well into adulthood.
The Murderer’s Daughters is an evenly paced, well-written novel that spans 30 years, as Lulu tries to deal with the terrible guilt she feels for letting her father in that day, and Merry shoulders the burden of maintaining a tenuous relationship with their father. The secondary characters are believable and fleshed out well, which adds an interesting dimension to the story.
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Nancy writes about her 2 boys and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys.