Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018
Haunting, gripping and gorgeously written, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt is a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders, for fans of BURIAL RITES and MAKING A MURDERER.
'Eerie and compelling' Paula Hawkins
'Stunning' Sunday Times
'Gripping... outstanding' Observer
'Glittering' Irish Times
Just after 11am on 4th August 1892, the bodies of Andrew and Abby Borden are discovered. He's found on the sitting room sofa, she upstairs on the bedroom floor, both murdered with an axe.
It is younger daughter Lizzie who is first on the scene, so it is Lizzie who the police first question, but there are others in the household with stories to tell: older sister Emma, Irish maid Bridget, the girls' Uncle John, and a boy who knows more than anyone realises.
In a dazzlingly original and chilling reimagining of this most notorious of unsolved mysteries, Sarah Schmidt opens the door to the Borden home and leads us into its murkiest corners, where jealousies, slow-brewed rivalries and the darkest of thoughts reside.
Not sure what all the fuss is about
I didn't love this book which is a terrible shame as I was looking forward to reading it based on a long time interest in Lizzie Borden.
It felt like a slow slow burner that never really got going or indeed ever felt that exciting. I persevered in case the author decided to spring a massive plot twist at the end but sadly she just didn't deliver. The characters were uninteresting, although I think Lizzie was written with slightly more complexity than the others.
It took me a long time to get through this, I can't help wish I hadn't bothered too much. Expect no surprises, and this book wasn't for me.
But it's been long-listed for an award so what do I know!