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See What I have Done

Author: Sarah Schmidt
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ISBN: 9780733636882
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A deeply atmospheric novel by a startling new Aussie talent; an incredibly unique look inside the mind of Lizzie Borden, famously accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. 'He was still bleeding. I yelled, "Someone's killed Father." I breathed in kerosene air, licked the thickness from my teeth. The clock on the mantel ticked ticked. I looked at Father, the way hands clutched to thighs, the way the little gold ring on his pinky finger sat like a sun. I gave him that ring for his birthday when I no longer wanted it. "Daddy," I had said. "I'm giving this to you because I love you." He had smiled and kissed my forehead. A long time ago now.' On 4 August 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the inquest into the deaths, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the murder of her father and her stepmother. Through the eyes of Lizzie's sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the enigmatic stranger Benjamin and the beguiling Lizzie herself, we return to what happened that day in Fall River. Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she? Read More

Magazine article

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt This study of Gothic horror and all it entails has enough psychological twists and plot turns to keep the reader questioning long after the last page has been turned – did she do it or not? Read on >

SARAH SCHMIDT is the Australian author of See What I Have Done, a story based on the notorious Lizzie Borden, the 19th-century American woman who was accused of the axe murders of her father and stepmother. We asked Sarah to tell us about her top ten books. Read on >

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SARAH SCHMIDT tells Good Reading about her gothic new historical novel, See What I Have Done, which is based on the Lizzie Borden axe murders. Read on >

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