See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

The story of Lizzie Borden has strangely stuck with me through my adult life since watching the movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden starring Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha in Bewitched) when I was a child. If you don’t know it, Lizzie Borden was tried for murdering her father and step mother in 1892 brutally with an axe.  If you do know the story, you may remember the song that was born from this horrendous murder. Google it but be warned, you’ll probably have it in your head for the next ten years or so….

See What I Have Done is a modern re-telling of the murder told through the eyes of Lizzie, her sister Emma, maid Bridget and stranger Benjamin.  All four perspectives are as different as the people telling them and each cleverly puts you front and centre in the room as they describe the before, during and after of the murders.

You will feel part-detective, part-voyeur and you will, I think, feel utterly convinced, as I did, that Lizzie indeed did it.

Now of course this a retelling so there is some creative license but for the love of marmalade, even if some of this is true, Lizzie Borden was an utter and complete nut job.  What a piece of work.

She was not convicted of the murders, in part because she was a woman and ‘women could not possibly do such a thing’ but I closed the book thinking ‘oh, she soooo did it’.

Read this one and you will see why so many folk remain fascinated by this crime and by Lizzie herself and why Dymocks Australia has made this their April Book of The Month.

But that is just my 2 cents worth.