Estelle: The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers

The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
Pages: 320
Published: January 19, 2010
Target: Adult Fiction
Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library.
How I heard about it: Saw it in Target and saved the title in my phone

Summary: While Lulu and Merry’s childhood was never the bright and cheery kind, nothing prepared them for the day their father would murder their mother, stab Merry, and attempt to kill himself. Practically orphans, their remaining family members do not want to take responsibility of them which lands them in a horrific orphanage. In a novel that spans over 30 years, Lulu and Merry are forced to deal with their past every step of the way — Merry with her need to stay in contact with their father and Lulu’s diligence to pretend that part of her life never existed.

Right of the bat you know that The Murderer’s Daughters is not going to be a laugh a minute.  In fact, I think I cracked a smile maybe twice throughout the whole book. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Meyers does a great job of building depth in these two characters. Lulu and Merry can’t be any more different but their bond is inexplicable. Sure, a majority of that bond has to do with what they went through in their apartment that day and their dedication to concealing their past from everyone around them. It’s a tough thing to do especially when one can’t control when certain memories or thoughts pop up. It’s like the black cloud that never disappears.

Most interesting to me were the paths these women took in their life. Every decision, every choice was almost a reaction to their father’s crime. As a reader, I sometimes felt frustrated and annoyed with their actions but it was only because I cared about them and wanted each girl to catch a break. I can’t even imagine having to deal with a tragedy like this in my life but I can only say that Meyers’ depiction of the events feels pretty on the mark for me.

It’s well-written, engrossing, and psychologically intriguing.

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