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. Download and start listening now!