See What I Have Done (Paperback)
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See What I Have Done (Paperback)

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Published: 02/11/2017
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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

'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.' - Observer

Just after 11am on 4th August 1892, the bodies of Andrew and Abby Borden are discovered. He's found on the sitting room sofa, she upstairs on the bedroom floor, both murdered with an axe.

It is younger daughter Lizzie who is first on the scene, so it is Lizzie who the police first question, but there are others in the household with stories to tell: older sister Emma, Irish maid Bridget, the girls' Uncle John, and a boy who knows more than anyone realises.

In a dazzlingly original and chilling reimagining of this most notorious of unsolved mysteries, Sarah Schmidt opens the door to the Borden home and leads us into its murkiest corners, where jealousies, slow-brewed rivalries and the darkest of thoughts reside.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472240873
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm


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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. - Observer

[A] seminal voice of the future.... a dark, dense visceral ride that proves that this former librarian could be on course to become one of the breakout writers of the decade... Donna Tartt, make room - Stylist

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

What a book - powerful, visceral and disturbing. I felt like one of the many flies on the walls of that unhappy, blood-drenched house - Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE

An outstanding debut. Enviably brilliant and memorable - Hannah Beckerman

Vivid, sultry and engrossing - Carys Bray

A twisty, visceral, highly original novel that grips you from start to finish. An exceptional and stunning debut - Kate Hamer author of THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT

See What I Have Done held me in its sweaty grasp to the very last pages... as deftly destabilising as the best of Margaret Atwood - Patrick Gale

I loved See What I Have Done. So ominous and creepily compelling. Utterly macabre, in a good way. It is a novel that is close in style and sensibility to Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Sam Baker, The Pool

See What I Have Done is wonderful. Exquisitely-drawn characters, beautiful prose, a brilliant retelling of story. Every single sentence is perfect - Emma Flint author of LITTLE DEATHS

I am obsessed with this book. It chews you up and spits you out like one of the ripe pears in Lizzie's garden. Incredibly tense and claustrophobic, Home Sweet Home is turned on its head for the nightmarish Borden family in this amazingly accomplished tale of power, betrayal and revenge - Stacey Bartlett, Fabulous Magazine

[An] exquisitely crafted and chilling re-imagining of the gruesome 1982 crimes - Lady (Must-reads of 2017)

Lizzie Borden and her axe have fascinated since 1892, and this incredible reimagining is one you'll never ever forget - Heat

A great historical novel that takes a real life crime as its starting point. See What I Have Done is a gripping family drama and a whodunnit about two unsolved murders... chilling and claustrophobic - Stylist (Best books of 2017)

Sarah Schmidt's reimagining of the fatal events in the Borden household is dignified and sensual, as though Henry James had decided to tell the tale - Sunday Express

Schmidt is especially good at the sweltering claustrophobia in which the Bordens lived. She is also great at portraying the pent-up frustration of the spinster Borden sisters - Sunday Independent

Schmidt's unusual combination of narrative suppression and splurge makes for a surprising, nastily effective debut - Guardian

Intense, unsettling and macabre - Sunday Mirror

She skilfully evokes the claustrophobic atmosphere of the household, conjuring up the rottenness of the family's relationships - Sunday Times

A claustrophobic, absolutely visceral novel that, like the walls of that unhappy house, leaves a stain long after the final page - Red Magazine

Breathlessly brilliant - Heat

A disquieting read... I loved it - The Times

This startlingly potent novel isn't so much a straightforward whodunit as a portrait of a dysfunctional household from which the emotionally arrested Lizzie emerges as the novel's most unsettling character - Metro

The narrative alternates between Lizzie, whose shimmering, mercurial streams of consciousness read like prose poetry... Schmidt writes with precision and flair about the oppressive boredom of domesticity, the twisted intensity of sisterly love and the forlorn dreams of leaving and of personal reinvention Emma and Lizzie share. A glittering, gory fever dream of a book, See What I Have Done is a remarkable debut. - Irish Times

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“Great for bookclub discussions”

A retelling of the infamous Lizzie Borden case, this debut novel speculates about what might have actually happened in the lead up to the murders of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother. The story is told from the... More

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“I particularly liked the timeline of events in the back of the book.”

The re-imagining of the Lizzie Borden murder case. I vaguely recall hearing about this and after reading See What I Have Done it has fascinated me further. Some of you may recognise the rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an... More

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“A Brilliant Balancing Act”

I don't know if Lizzie Borden dunnit, and I certainly don't know how Sarah Schmidt managed to do it - to sustain uncertainty and ambiguity throughout her novel. An amazing feat of empathy, imagination and...

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