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See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt
See What I Have Done
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“Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the... show more
“Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780802126597 (0802126596)
ASIN: 802126596
Pages no: 324
Edition language: English
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Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it
3.5 SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt
3.5 stars! SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE is a beautifully written re-telling of the Lizzie Borden story. I've always been fascinated by Lizzie Borden. Having lived all my life in Massachusetts, it's a story everyone is familiar with, even children, because of that horrible rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an axe...
Bark at the Ghouls
Bark at the Ghouls rated it
4.0 See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
This is a fictionalized retelling of the Lizzie Borden murders and though it gets many “meh”reviews, I surprisingly enjoyed it very much. These people are awful! They are selfish, resentful, devious and maddening in their “woe is me” entitled thoughts but I LOVED reading about their misery. And, boy...
Scarlet's Web
Scarlet's Web rated it
1.0 Another DNF - See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
One for the DNF pile. I can't get into it at all, every time I pick it up I find myself becoming bored and I have to try and force myself to keep reading in the hope that it will improve. I just don't care for the characters. There's nothing likeable about them in the slightest and I honestly coul...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
1.0 See What I Have Done
Since this a fictional account of the Lizzie Borden murders, I was prepared for violence and gore. But I wasn´t prepared for it being such a disgusting read. And it´s not the descriptions of all the blood and the crushed skulls that makes this novel disgusting, it´s the characters themselves that gr...
All about me
All about me rated it
4.0 See What I Have Done
I really enjoyed this book. I found it claustrophobic, complicated and compelling. I'm torn between thinking Lizzie is mad and bad on one hand and mad and misunderstood on the other. She is certainly in the driving seat in this story and you read it watching the events unfold in her mind. The house ...
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