Monday, July 26, 2010

The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers

I originally read about this book on some book site newsletter, I don't even remember where. The concept for the book immediately intrigued me.

The story follows 2 sisters that have witnessed the murder of their mother by their father. The 2 girls have totally different reactions and acceptance of their father after what he did.

I am not done reading the book yet but the author writes a very interesting story about how the lives of the 2 girls are influenced by what they remember and how they have resolved or are trying to resolve the issue of having a murdering father and no mother as they are growing up.

This is a book by a first time author which is very well written and is keeping me drawn in to finish it. I look forward to seeing what will come next from this author.

Synopsis -- Lulu and Merry's childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu's tenth birthday their father drives them into a nightmare. He's always hungered for the love of the girl's self-obsessed mother. After she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly.

Lulu's mother warned her to never let him in, but when he shows up, he's impossible to ignore. He bullies his way past ten-year-old Lulu, who obeys her father's instructions to open the door, then listens in horror as her parents struggle. She runs for help and discovers upon her return that he's murdered her mother, stabbed her sister, and tried to kill himself.

For thirty years, the sisters try to make sense of what happened. Their imprisoned father is a specter in both their lives, shadowing every choice they make. Though one spends her life pretending he's dead, while the other feels compelled to help him, both fear that someday their imprisoned father's attempts to win parole may meet success.

The Murderer's Daughters is narrated in turn by Merry and Lulu. The book follows the sisters as children, as young women, and as adults, always asking how far forgiveness can stretch, while exploring sibling loyalty, the aftermath of family violence, and the reality of redemption. --from author's wesite.

1 comment:

  1. I finished this book and loved it. I plan to recommend it to my book club. There would be some good discussions, least of all, how events in our lives can affect the way we live our lives - for good or bad.


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