A cold and dreary afternoon calls for a hot mocha and a new book.
A fictional account of the brutal murders of Lizzie Borden‘s father and stepmother which uses first person narrative of four characters. Menacing and claustrophobic; I found this to be an interesting book. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/review-see-what-i-have-don...
Round 2 choices for the... erm... #historicalhussies? 🤭😂
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you‘ll see I‘ve managed to stick with the large category, historical fiction, thus the name “proposal” 😁
This is a fiction account told from the POV of all the major players in the Lizzie Borden case. I really enjoyed getting into the heads of the characters. The audiobook is very nicely done.
I have mixed feelings.
The author did a great job setting the mood and establishing how dysfunctional the Borden household was. You can almost smell and taste some of the nastiness she writes about. 🤢 Still, I found it hard to stay with the book at times because it was just sort of... boring. Not sorry I read it, but I think I was expecting to really love this fictionalized account of the Borden murders.
First off, I am just blown away! Thank you so much @irre you definitely did not have to do this! I'm going to have to do something for you in the near future 😝 And second, I wanted to show off this concoction I created tonight. It started out as regular cabbage and sausage and then it just became throwing veggies in there and all of a sudden you have some type of cabbage soup
Today I went to my favorite community garage sale. Among other things, I found three vintage cameras and spent a grand total of $18 on them. I cannot say if they work or not but I don‘t really care. I don‘t intend to use them for anything other than display and props. I don‘t need them to actually take pictures!
I've always been interested in the Borden case and have had this on my tbr for a while, so I'm glad the generator chose #30.
I'm a UK user, so didn't know much about the case and the lead-up to the murders. This retelling was interesting to me, I didn't know that the Bordens were rich and kept a maid or about the uncle.
It was a good starting point for me and would definitely read more about this case.
I enjoyed this novel which reimagines the murders of Andrew & Abby Borden. It‘s told from 4 POVs—Lizzie, chief suspect (as the reader knows) & an unreliable narrator, her sister Emma, the maid Bridget & a man named Benjamin (another problematic narrator). I liked the writing, & how it was choppy & sometimes jumped around, particularly in Lizzie‘s chapters, & loved the atmosphere the author created in this creepy, engrossing retelling. Recommended.
I enjoyed Schmidt's writing style but I felt like she ran out of steam long before the conclusion. The book alternatives between Lizzie, her older sister Emma, maid Bridget, and a random drifter Benjamin who has met Lizzie's uncle. The family dynamic was the best part of the book (including the role of live in maid Bridget) and the Benjamin plot just detracted.
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I did like this book and found Lizzie and Emma‘s perspectives particularly intriguing. While we cannot ever know what truly went through their minds, I think Schmidt captured the inner turmoil well.
Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2755081200
I could be to blame because I‘m forever breaking the cardinal rule “don‘t judge a book by its cover” but it usually serves me well. I love how this book looked, sadly that‘s where the live stopped. It was horribly boring, drawn out for not an excessively long book, the characters were unlovable, and I desperately wanted to give up on it. Closest I‘ve been to a DNF.
I tried to listen to the audiobook of this and almost abandoned the book because of that. I ended up reading some more before DNFing it and decided that would be the best route. I think I will finish this. While I openly admit that I don‘t particularly enjoy fiction in audiobook form, I really do think that this audiobook was particularly bad. Hopefully I will enjoy the book more now!
No #HeartsOfGold here in this fictionalization of the infamous Borden family! I listened to this one and while interesting enough for my #AudioColoring, the POVs and timeline weren‘t always very clear... I was hoping for a little more insight into this through a fictional way of bringing these characters to life, but this left me wanting more... I hear there‘s a new nonfiction book out on Lizzie‘s trial so maybe that will do! #MarchIntoThe70s
This was based on the true story of Lizze Borden and the murders of her father and stepmother. I had never heard of her and the murders before. There are also films made about the events. The story is told from the 4 main characters, Lizzie, her sister Emma, the maid Bridget and Benjamin. #books #truestories
This was fine, certainly not as gripping as I was hoping for. Narrated by four characters, the book slowly reveals Lizzie‘s mental illness and how she could have committed these atrocious acts. The audiobook was not the best choice for this—I found the voices simpering and grating, for all the characters. ⭐️⭐️
Visceral. Revolting. I loved it.
Did Lizzie Borden kill her father and stepmother? I know what I think.
I enjoyed the book‘s focus on Lizzie‘s sister Emma. What must life have been like for her?
This is not my usual kind of book and I know there are very mixed reviews, but I thought it was full of life as it was of decay.
Afternoon walk today to make up miles for the week. It is amazing how much the channel dried up in about two days!
Also, adorable pupper! 🐶🐶🐶
Super short walk today! It was raining really hard - there were places where the most shallow areas were ankle deep. Our streets don't handle rain all that well. Our run-off channel had more water than I have ever seen in it!
so here‘s the thing:
if ur on the lookout for a great, creepy read then u could do way worse than this. it has good atmosphere and compelling female characters and a lovely sort of whodunnit atmosphere.
HOWEVER if ur more than vaguely familiar with lizzie borden u aren‘t really going to find much here u won‘t find elsewhere. is it well executed? yus. is that enough? maybe.
dont regret the time i spent with this book. wouldn‘t insist u read it.
Definitely not a book for everyone - it was creepy and grotesque in parts - but fitting for #CallingAllTheMonsters . Lizzie Borden took an ax...or did she? Schmidt interprets what she thinks happened that fateful day in Fall River.
Thanks for a fun #OctoberXFiles @Cinfhen and @Robothugs !
This book made me queasy - and I think it did so on purpose! The sickly descriptions of the heat, the odors, that infamous mutton broth... I felt claustrophobic and dreadful. Which is EXACTLY what Lizzie and Bridget felt waking up in that house every day!! It‘s a Pick for the imagery and the suspense, a So-So because it made me feel seasick.
Day 19 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams challenge: setting you‘ve been to! No one will be surprised to learn that I have slept at Lizzie Borden‘s house, which is now a bed and breakfast. I have a lot of stories from my visit, some of them bittersweet because the person I went with is dead now. (I swear I didn‘t do it.) But mostly it was rad. ☠️⚰️📚
I‘ve always had a weird obsession with the true crime case of Lizzie Borden and the infamous murders that occurred in Fall River in 1892. Schmidt does a brilliant job, weaving a nail-biting, page-turning, fictionalized narrative around the details of the crime. I highly recommend this one and if there are any true crime fans of the Lizzie Borden case out there, order this ASAP.. you won‘t regret it! 5/5
I remember being fascinated with Lizzie Borden in either 4th or 5th grade. I was never a Barbie kind of kid... 🤣 I don't know much about the family but this made them all seem awful and crazy and mean spirited! I love that in a book! A unique look at one of the most well known American crimes.
Mixed feelings. I was ultimately left frustrated and wanted more of the story rather than the stifling thoughts of those involved and the repetition of known details. Overall the writing style was too much for me; the smells, the vomiting, this: “I washed Mrs Borden‘s hair..scraped my nails over her scalp, got her under my fingernails.” (And that awful mutton soup!). This is between a pick and so-so for me 👇
Starting this. Bonus that it was a Qa charity shop bargain (albeit clearly a little “pre-loved”). I don‘t normally read hardback so will be trying to finish it by Sunday so I don‘t have to lug it on the train with me come work on Monday morning!
A gory, unsettling, unpleasantly sensory and visceral retelling of the infamous Lizzie Borden ax murders. The repetition of certain images only adds to the stifling, confining atmosphere of the Borden home. Really enjoyed all the different perspectives, including Lizzie, her sister Emma, maid Bridget, and stranger Benjamin.
This beginning... wow. Really disturbing! I‘m predicting this will be a five stars for me!
This Lizzie Borden story wasn‘t that great. Schmidt splits the narrative into three voices - Lizzie, sister Emma, and would-be villian Benjamin - but they all sound the same. I had to continuously remind myself who was speaking. There was also no mystery despite the book cover‘s implication. Got through it, but wish I had the time back to go toward something more satisfying.
Where has the time gone!? We're at Hour 39 of #24in48, and starting to see some of you hitting your goals. As we get into the final hours of the 'thon, consider changing up the scenery to keep yourself awake and motivated. Outside is great, if the weather/hour permits!
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