From the blurb:
I yelled “SOMEONE’S KILLED FATHER.” I breathed in kerosene air, locked the thickness from my teeth.
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 bed4oom 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.
The clock on the mantle ticked ticked.
This book is so creepy. The reader sees things from the perspectives of Lizzie, Emma, Bridget and Benjamin. It’s a difficult thing to call, but I think Lizzie is the most disturbed of all the narrators.
You’re never quite sure if she actually committed the murders, or she should just be committed, or both…
On the day that she discovers her father and stepmother’s bodies, Lizzie is agitated, almost giddy, and delights in getting people to look at the bodies. She calmly eats pears whilst her parents are laid out on the dining room table and the police exam the crime scenes.
Lizzie insists that someone has been in the house, but no one really believes her, especially Bridget the young housemaid.
But if Lizzie did kill her parents, was there a reason? There is something rotten at the core of the Borden family, and nothing is quite what it seems.
I LOVED this book. I savoured it. It was such an interesting story, the characters were deliciously dark and twisted, and the writing was descriptive and poetic. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, and plan to buy it for a friend’s birthday. It is a stunning book! And it has orange edged pages!
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