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The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
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Feb 06, 11

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Read in February, 2011

Ten-year-old Lulu (Louise) and five-year-old Merry (Meredith), live with their mother and father in a small apartment. The girl’s mother spends more time visiting with her friend and painting her toe nails blood red than she does with her daughters. Their father is a big mouth drunk who thinks his wife is an absolute beauty queen and just can’t get enough of her. Fed up with his drunkenness and constant obsession with her, she finally kicks him out.

Lulu, being the oldest, has been strictly warned by her mother to keep the door locked and not let her father in. The day before her tenth birthday, Lulu’s father shows up at the apartment and convinces her to let him in. He stabbed and killed their mother, stabbed little Merry in the chest and attempted to cut his own wrists. Lulu runs for help but upon her return she learns it’s too late, her mother has been murdered and Merry is on the way to the hospital.

Now orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s imprisonment and with relatives refusing to care for them, Lulu and Merry end up in the Duffy-Parkman House for Girls. The girls try to plot to be taken in by a well-to-do family but soon learn that they’ll never, ever really belong anywhere or to anyone-all they have to love and hold is each other.

For the next thirty years Lulu and Merry try to make sense of what happened. Lulu tries to believe her father no longer exists while Merry visits him regularly in prison. But what will happen if and when the day comes that he makes parole and gets out?

The Murderer’s Daughters was a great debut novel with well-written characters and a good solid plot. A book for everyone to enjoy!
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Ellen Winokur I liked this book. It is amazing to me that domestic violence is still happening today.


Louise Yes, me too. It's very sad, isn't it?


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