See What I Have Done
Based on true events, this debut novel retells the terrible tale of Lizzie Borden, who was famously accused of the brutal murder of her father and step mother on August 4th 1892.
Reading this novel is like watching a car accident in slow motion repeated from different perspectives. Haunting, unsettling, riveting and utterly compelling, this is one for those who loved the poetic rawness of 'Burial Rites' and for anyone who enjoys a gory psychological thrillers. – Kim
'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? 'Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away.' - Paula Hawkins, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN 'Haunting, evocative and psychologically taut, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE breathes fresh life into the infamous 19th-century murder case surrounding Lizzie Borden. This is a powerful, beautifully researched debut novel that brings us into contact with the recurring American dramas of violence and retribution while summoning the beguiling voices of the past.' - Dominic Smith, author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS
Believe the hype around this Australian authors debut novel. - Marie Claire
After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Professional writing and editing), a Master of Arts (Creative Writing), and a Graduate Diploma of Information Management, Sarah currently works as a Reading & Literacy Coordinator (read: a fancy librarian) at a regional public library. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and daughter. See What I Have Done is her first novel.