Book Review - See What I Have Done
See what I have done - Sarah Schmidt
I had very high expectations of this book as it is rated quite highly, however I couldn’t help but feel slightly underwhelmed. It enjoyed reading it, but I found the whole book a bit… Meh.
This book is a retelling of the Lizzie Borden murders (for those of you who don’t know, the Lizzie Borden murders are the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden who were killed in their home with an axe while Lizzie and the maid were home – but there is a lot more to it than that!) and I have to say the book was very cleverly researched and it was apparent that Sarah Schmidt was passionate about this book. It mainly jumps between the day before and the day of the murders (with a few exceptions). I found this actually quite confusing for some reason and I often struggled to remember what day it was in the book.
See What I Have Done (UK USA ) is told from four different character’s view points; Lizzie, Emma, Bridget and Benjamin… And I pretty much hated all of them. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likable which made reading this, at times, seem like a chore. What I will say though, is that I thought it was very clever that in each different view point, the character in some shape or form said the phrase “see what I have done.”
Then there was the ending… Which I found completely predictable. The book ends with the line “I raised my arms above my head.” Told from Lizzie’s point of view, suggesting that she was the one who killed her father and step mother. This came as no surprise to me as Lizzie was completely bonkers all throughout the book.
Overall, I did enjoy this book because I learnt a lot about this unsolved murder case, however I do wish that the book gripped me more than it did.