We all know the rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an ax gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41…. Or did she?

Lizzie Borden Retold: “See What I Have Done” by Sarah Schmidt, Fountaindale Public Library

It was a hot day when Bridget heard Lizzie cry out, “Someone’s killed Father!” Thus begins Sarah Schmidt’s fictional tale of the Borden murders. She takes us back to life in Falls River, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1892. Here we meet Andrew (the father), Abby (the stepmother), Emma (Lizzie’s older sister), Lizzie, Bridget the housemaid and the mysterious stranger Benjamin.

Who would kill the well respected Bordens? The community gathered outside the house, and whispers soon became murmurs. Rumors of abuse, miserly ways, volatile tempers and incest. Lizzie is in a fugue state, and her memories are coming in bits and pieces.

Or is she faking it? Who is Benjamin, and why is he hiding in the house? Was Bridget outside, or was she in the house? Did her uncle hire someone to kill Andrew Borden, and was Abby just an innocent victim? All these questions and more will be answered in the story.

Each chapter is told from a different point of view: Bridget, Lizzie, Emma or Benjamin. This tale kept me on the edge of my seat, was well researched and included a timeline of the real events up until the death of the sisters.

Request a copy of See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt to pick up in our drive-thru.