Coming this summer – new books on Lizzie! We recently had Christine Verstraete’s Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, and Rebecca Pittman’s The History and Haunting of Lizzie Borden. The former is fiction horror and the latter is non-fiction. Christine’s book has been well received and highly praised in reviews by those of its genre, and Rebecca’s book reflects a rare discipline to combine in-depth research with a totally captivating narrative.
But now we will be treated with a few more before the end of the year and I point out the two below worthy of attention.
Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done is a gothic thriller described below.
From the May 12, 2017 Critical Eye book reviews in The Guardian:
“Sarah Schmidt’s debut novel See What I Have Done takes a new look at the case of Lizzie Borden, who in 1892 was charged with the brutal murders of her father and stepmother. “A disquieting read,” wrote Antonia Senior in the Times. “There is an ambiguity here that reflects the endless, unanswerable speculation about what really happened that day. This open-endedness will irritate some readers; I loved it.” Jake Kerridge in the Sunday Express found it “dignified and sensual, as though Henry James had decided to tell the tale. There are multiple well-characterised narrators and a dreamlike quality to the prose that enhances rather than detracts from the horror at the heart of the story.” For the Observer’s Hannah Beckerman, “Schmidt’s portrayal of Lizzie is haunting and complex, a deeply psychological portrait that forces the reader to question their preconceptions about what women are capable of – for better and worse. Both disturbing and gripping, it is an outstanding debut novel about love, death and the lifelong repercussions of unresolved grief.”
Another book to watch for is from an excellent writer who is to be commended for her equally excellent research abilities, Erika Mailman’s The Murderer’s Maid. Here’s the cover art for that book.
Erika has written several books:
- Oakland Hills (Images of America series, Arcadia Publishing, 2004)
- Oakland’s Neighborhoods (Images of America series, Arcadia Publishing, 2005)
- The Witch’s Trinity (Random House, 2007)
- Woman of Ill Fame (Heyday Books, 2007)
Check out her website HERE.