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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randy Susan Meyers Narrator: Angela Goethals, Susan Bennett Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781449808723
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Lulu and Merry’s childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu’s tenth birthday their father propels them into a nightmare. He’s always hungered for the love of the girls’ self-obsessed mother; after she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly. Lulu had been warned not let her father in, but when he shows up drunk, he’s impossible to ignore. He bullies his way past Lulu, who then listens in horror as her parents struggle. She runs for help, but discovers upon her return that he’s murdered her mother, stabbed her five-year-old sister, Merry, and tried, unsuccessfully, to kill himself.

Lulu and Merry are orphaned by their mother’s death and father’s imprisonment. The girls’ relatives refuse to care for them and abandon them to a terrifying group home. Even as they plot to be taken in by a well-to-do family, they come to learn they’ll never really belong anywhere or to anyone—that all they have to hold onto is each other.

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. One spends her life pretending he’s dead while the other feels compelled—by fear and by duty—to keep him close. Both dread the day his attempts to win parole may meet with success.

A beautifully written, compulsively readable debut, The Murderer’s Daughters is a testament to the power of family and the ties that bind us together and tear us apart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meyers delivers a clear-eyed, insightful story about domestic violence and survivor’s guilt in The Murderer’s Daughters. It’s an impressively executed novel, disturbing, and convincing."

    Boston Globe

  • “How both sisters live, from the squalor of an orphanage to the empty silences of suburban living, is all too believable and heartbreaking because there is no acceptable answer for how to deal with one’s part, as living victim, of a horrible crime.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A tense and emotional story of two sisters anchored to one irreversible act of domestic violence…Meyers painstakingly traces their lives to show just how much everyone else pays for that one act of violence.”

    Miami Herald

  • “The author delivers unshakable truths at every turn…Meyers, in a remarkably assured debut, details how the sisters process their grief in separate but similarly punishing ways.”

    Denver Post

  • “The psychologically complex characters make Meyers’ debut a satisfying read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Much like Janet Fitch’s White Oleander or Jacquelyn Mitchard’s The Deep End of the Ocean, her book takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Readers, get out your handkerchief and prepare to care.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi, A Book Fanatic | 2/19/2014

    " This story fell flat to me. The premise was interesting enough -- an estranged Father shows up and kills the Mom and wounds the younger sister. How would these two girls heal? While my heart went out to these two girls, I never felt that I connected with any of the characters. I really didn't understand their actions and by the end of the story I was a little perplexed by the outcome. This story had much promise but just didn't live up to my expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jameelah | 2/4/2014

    " I have mixed feelings about this book. I wanted to like the main characters, but the annoyed me throughout most of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June Jensen | 2/3/2014

    " Very good story, read it in a couple of days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phuong | 1/15/2014

    " Kept my attention. Very messed up family dynamics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2014

    " The book was an easy reading and easily transitioned through the years and lives of these two girls. I wouldn't call this an excellent book but I think it was a good book and definitely showed the different feelings and perspectives that a person could go through when dealing with this situation. Unfortunately this type of scenerio is to common in todays society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/4/2014

    " I thought this book was pretty good. I would probably give it 3.5 stars if I could. It was an interesting (and different) premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin Gambee | 11/29/2013

    " Ok,so I had just finished (not to long ago) another book about murder and how to feel about it in relation to the death penalty. Too much of that can get ya down! This was totally different.... very well written - I really enjoyed it~! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 10/29/2013

    " Thought I would like it more than I did. 2.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/15/2013

    " I liked this novel, the story of the two sisters, the family broken by tragedy. The ending was abrupt for me, and I could have used another chapter or two to complete the long, long cycle we'd been on. But an enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 7/25/2013

    " just didn't hold my attention . . . don't feel like finishing it . . . too many other books out there for me to read . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/6/2013

    " This was a great book. However, I found myself angry with the younger sister because she didn't handle things the way I would have. I thought her weak even though in a way I understood why she did what she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Smith | 12/7/2012

    " I stayed up until 1230 AM to finish this book - - and I wasn't disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 11/6/2012

    " Yes, I liked it. But it's not a book for everyone. Fairly strong language and some tough subject matters. Very interesting read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/3/2012

    " Lulu and Merry's father murdered their mother in 1971. The novel follows them struggling through the next 30 years; through living with their grandmother, a group home, a foster home, and into adulthood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ceri | 9/6/2012

    " I didn't think the quality of the writing was amazing but what I liked was that the plot was realistic & not all tied up neatly into a happy ending. Broken families are not tidy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 5/24/2012

    " Started off slow. Was a bit redundant. But an okay read. Would read more by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot | 2/6/2012

    " The subject was a good idea but it wasn't treated very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Gunter | 8/1/2011

    " This book was one of the best new books I have read in the last five years. The story was believable and so were the characters. I appreciated how her two main characters dealt with the all too common reality of a father who murdered their mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Gatewood | 6/10/2011

    " this book is a rare gem,makes you laugh cry and root for the sisters, just awesome, "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 5/19/2011

    " So boring! Spent the whole book waiting for SOMETHING to happen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/18/2011

    " I enjoyed the double-first-person format as the story followed both sisters through their lives and their respective dysfunctions as a result of what happened. I thought the writing was good and the story was good. I'd recommend it, and will probably re-read it as I often do with books I like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/16/2011

    " This story was very haunting. It stays with you long after you finished the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/16/2011

    " Got this one at Target....from their book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamie | 5/14/2011

    " I like this author's style. She captured my attention from the very first page. I enjoyed the book, but I didn't think it was great. Something felt like it was missing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriella | 5/8/2011

    " What a great book! This was a very deep book about two sisters who were orphaned after their father was sentenced to life for an unthinkable crime and the consequences of this throughout their lives. It was hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kala | 5/7/2011

    " This book was okay...I'd give it 2.5 stars. Having a sister, I enjoyed reading about the individual personalities of the two "daughters", but kept waiting for a climactic moment that never happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherlynn | 5/4/2011

    " The best book I have read in a long time. I look forward to reading more books by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 5/4/2011

    " LOVED this book. I am always a sucker for traumatic childhood stories. This was beautifully written. I fell in love with the sisters and became totally wrapped up in their lives like they were friends of mine. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 4/27/2011

    " Great book. Just wanted it to go on and on. My interest never waned. Definitely recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/26/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. The power of sister ties and the love of a husband held my interest to see how the story would end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 4/21/2011

    " Started a little slow but it was a very good book. She is a really good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/20/2011

    " i liked this book alot. It involves the lives of two sisters who witness at a very young age their fathermurder their mother and how this effects their entire future "

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About the Author
Author Randy Susan Meyers

Randy Susan Meyers is the coauthor of the nonfiction book Couples with Children. Her short fiction has been published in PerigeeFog City Review, and Grub Street Free Press. Meyers spent eight years as assistant director of Common Purpose, a batterer intervention program, and was director for the Mission Hill Community Centers, where she worked with at-risk youth. She currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Narrators

Angela Goethals is a native New Yorker who has appeared on and off Broadway in Picnic, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Good Times Are Killing Me, for which she won an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination. Since moving to Los Angeles with her husband, she has appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Without a Trace, and Boston Public, with a recurring role on 24.

Susan Bennett, a five-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration, has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. She also dabbles in the music industry as the singer and keyboardist for The Interactive! Band. Along with her guitarist husband, Rick Hinkle, she is the co-owner of Audiocam Music, a full-service recording studio.