Randy Susan Meyers, the daughter of a wife-beater, has written a very heart-wrenching novel about two young girls whose father stabs to death their mother – THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS…
On the eve of Lulu’s 10th birthday, she lets her estranged father into the house against her mother’s warning. She listens to her parents yelling and struggling, tells her 6-year-old sister, Merry, to hide, and then runs next door for help. When she returns with the neighbor, they find the mother stabbed to death, Merry stabbed but still alive, and the father having tried to kill himself, as well. It is a gruesome beginning to a 30-year tale of murder, guilt, forgiveness, and sibling loyalty.
Narrated in turn by the sisters, we learn of the grandmother who takes them in but dies shortly afterwards, of an aunt who won’t have the scandal in her house, of the orphanage the girls are sent to, and of the wealthy social worker who takes them in. Throughout their lives, Merry is the one who continues to visit their father in prison, while Lulu refuses to and keeps trying to talk Merry out of the visits. Lulu puts everything behind her, marrying and having children, to whom she tells that their grandparents died in a car accident. Merry has become a mess of a young woman and never stops trying to get Lulu to acknowledge and forgive their father. Everytime she gets anxious she touches the large scar on her chest where her father stabbed her.
The father’s early release from prison for good behavior threatens to ruin Lulu’s perfect life. Merry and her sister finally talk everything through, and Merry moves away to begin anew.
Thank you, Randy Susan Meyers.