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See What I Have Done - A Novel

Sarah Schmidt

Lizzie Borden took an ax And gave her mother forty whacks When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. Or did she? In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone's killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell―of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence. As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

Lizzie Borden took an ax And gave her mother forty whacks When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. Or did she? In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone's killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell―of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence. As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.
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Lizzie Borden took an ax And gave her mother forty whacks When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. Or did she? In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love. On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone's killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell―of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence. As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jennifer Woodward, Erin Hunter, Garrick Hagon

Length:

9h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:12


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:28


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:37


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:29


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:46


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:47


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:34


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:12


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:31


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:31


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:15


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:22


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:50


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:24


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:33


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:40


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:54


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:21


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

01:54


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

00:28