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What do pears, pigeons and rancid mutton broth have to do with the infamous Lizzie Borden murder case of 1892? Sarah Schmidt's novelization of the event is an eerily compelling read for those with a taste for the macabre. See What I Have Done is populated by numerous unreliable narrators who together construct the events before and after the murders with an exquisitely dark and chilling affect. Squeamish readers beware.— Nancy Scheemaker
On a sweltering August morning in 1892, the bodies of a local businessman and his wife were found in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. The hatchet murders of Andrew and Abby Borden eventually entered into the realm of legend and suspicion as to the perpetrator of the crime has always hung heavily upon Andrew Borden's youngest daughter, Lizzie. This is a fascinating, intelligent examination of the questions surrounding the grizzly murders told from the standpoints of four of the central players in the story.— Alden Graves
“See What I Have Done is a spellbinding historic reimagining of a Gothic tale many of us grew up knowing about. Schmidt brings to life all the characters in Lizzie Borden's world and takes the reader on an adventure through time and the investigation into the murder of her parents. Schmidt uses context to make the moment in history as much of a character as the people in the story, and the lively characters will keep you transfixed on the murder mystery. It is hard to say that a book about a murder is delightful, but See What I Have Done is a delightful, suspenseful, and satisfying read.”
— Steve Iwanski, Turnrow Book Co., Greenwood, MS