See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

When her father and step-mother are found brutally murdered on a summer morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden – thirty two years old and still living at home – immediately becomes a suspect. But after a notorious trial, she is found innocent, and no one is ever convicted of the crime.

Meanwhile, others in the claustrophobic Borden household have their own motives and their own stories to tell: Lizzie’s unmarried older sister, a put-upon Irish housemaid, and a boy hired by Lizzie’s uncle to take care of a problem.

This unforgettable debut makes you question the truth behind one of the great unsolved mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America.

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[HE WAS STILL bleeding]

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(Tinder Press, 2 May 2017, first published 28 March 2017, 336 pages, ebook, #popsugarreadingchallenge 2019, a novel based on a true story, bought from @AmazonKindle)

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I read and loved Burial Rites recently which deals with similar subject matter and have read and seen numerous things about Lizzie Borden and the murder of her parents, most recently the TV series starring Christina Ricci. I was looking forward to this, much-typed book. I really enjoyed the book but I think it was a bit over-hyped. This happens a lot. I’ve rarely read a hyped book and agreed it deserved all the hype and praise heaped upon it. I liked the fact the chapters are narrated by different characters including Lizzie, her sister Emma and Bridget, a maid so it’s not just Lizzie’s story. This is a well-written and compelling book just not quite as amazing as I was expecting.

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