The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century
written by Sarah Miller
Published by: Schwartz & Wade (January 12, 2016)
Before reading this book, Lizzie Borden was just a name in a jump rope rhyme to me:
Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
I always assumed that she had indeed committed the crime and that it must have been an open and shut case. Lizzie was older than I had thought and acted more like a modern woman would today. I also figured she had confessed. Man, was I wrong.
If you have young CSI or Law and Order fans under your influence, this book will be right up their alley. To be fair, Lizzie’s personality was created by the author (based on the transcripts that survive).
That didn’t stop me from being completely entranced in the mystery. All the facts available to us today are there for the reader to weigh and make a decision on her guilt or innocence. I have my ideas that I won’t share in case they are spoilers.
II borrowed this book from The Chicago Public Library and reviewed it for the 2016 Cybils Awards.