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See What I Have Done: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

See What I Have Done: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

Haunting, gripping and gorgeously written, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt is a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders, for fans of BURIAL RITES and MAKING A MURDERER.

When her father and step-mother are found brutally murdered on a summer morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden – thirty two years old and still living at home – immediately becomes a suspect. But after a notorious trial, she is found innocent, and no one is ever convicted of the crime.

Meanwhile, others in the claustrophobic Borden household have their own motives and their own stories to tell: Lizzie’s unmarried older sister, a put-upon Irish housemaid, and a boy hired by Lizzie’s uncle to take care of a problem.

This unforgettable debut makes you question the truth behind one of the great unsolved mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America.

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 2nd May 2017

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781472240835

Reviews

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)
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
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
[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
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