See What I Have Done tells the story of Lizzie Borden. I think everyone knows the old rhyme. You know…
“Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.”
Many people know the story surrounding it. It’s fascinating. It’s something that has fascinated people for over 100 years, myself included. So I couldn’t wait to read this version of the story!
The Official Blurb:
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.
My Review of See What I Have Done:
(4 out of 5 stars)
See What I Have Done is told from 4 points of view. Getting the story from Lizzie and Emma Borden, their maid Bridget, and a stranger. Everything is condensed into mostly 3 days. It skips back and forth and spans the day before, the day of, and the day after the infamous murders.
Reading Lizzie’s point of view is amazing. Sarah Schmidt wrote her so well. You can really feel the crazy in an almost uncomfortably real way. Some parts were a bit slow and boring, but then ended up making more sense, and tie things together later on. It’s actually kind of brilliant. I think the worst part was towards the beginning. It was difficult to actually get into the different characters’ heads when the POV changed. Again, it gets easier the more you know as the book goes on.
Overall, this was an interesting take on such a famous story. I would recommend it to those interested in unsolved murders and historical fiction in general.
You can get a copy of See What I Have Done here!