“The Murder’s Daughters” was a dramatic look into the lasting repercussions of a man’s fateful choice to murder his wife and stab his daughter, Merry. While Merry wrestles with accepting that her father tried to kill her, the murder’s other daughter, Lulu, blames herself for her mother’s death. If only she hadn’t unbolted the door and let her father in, if only she had run faster to the neighbor for help, if only… The guilt they feel permeates the novel in a way that makes their story gut wrenching even though the reader knows this is a fictional novel!
The author split the book between the point of views of both sisters to show how differently they each respond to the trauma. Merry tries desperately to be “daddy’s good girl” by visiting him in prison, but Lulu’s pain causes her to pretend her father is dead. The amazingly bold writing captured the gamut of emotions that ran through their family as a result of the single act: shame, guilt, anger, and love. The girls are placed in a foster home and struggle to lead happy lives even as adults. But they must face their true feelings when their father is released from prison. This was a brilliant novel that used a tragic situation to highlight the strength of the women as they battle through a horrific situation.
It’s hard to say I enjoyed the book because of the serious plot, but a reader ready to face a darker story would not be disappointed with this novel.