The Secrets of Lizzie Borden by Brandy Purdy

Book blurb

In her enthralling, richly imagined new novel, Brandy Purdy, author of The Ripper’s Wife, creates a compelling portrait of the real, complex woman behind an unthinkable crime.

Lizzie Borden should be one of the most fortunate young women in Fall River, Massachusetts. Her wealthy father could easily afford to provide his daughters with fashionable clothes, travel, and a rich, cultured life. Instead, haunted by the ghost of childhood poverty, he forces Lizzie and her sister, Emma, to live frugally, denying them the simplest modern conveniences. Suitors and socializing are discouraged, as her father views all gentleman callers as fortune hunters.

Lonely and deeply unhappy, Lizzie stifles her frustration, dreaming of the freedom that will come with her eventual inheritance. But soon, even that chance of future independence seems about to be ripped away. And on a stifling August day in 1892, Lizzie’s long-simmering anger finally explodes…

Vividly written and thought-provoking, The Secrets of Lizzie Borden explores the fascinating events behind a crime that continues to grip the public imagination—a story of how thwarted desires and desperate rage could turn a dutiful daughter into a notorious killer.

My thoughts

This is my first time reading a book by Brandy Purdy and I was rewarded by The Secrets of Lizzie Borden.  Written from the point of view of Lizzie in first person narrative it was like having a story read to me about this intriguing, (and somewhat disturbed) woman.

The story is definitely a thought-provoking one that leaves me wondering just how close this historical fiction tale really is to the truth.  I congratulate the author for the research undertaken.

I found the portrayal of Lizzie Borden’s life so enthralling and believable I was almost living in the era with the Borden family.  I could not imagine such an unhappy life, or being so desperate for love that she committed such terrible acts.

If you have any interest in the story of Lizzie Borden or just want a good read, this book is a must.  That said, be aware of Lizzie’s provocative nature, along with the violence she uses in attempts to gain freedom from her father and his miserly ways.

Gripping in its telling and magnificently told with disturbing detail, this story is utterly mesmerising from start to finish.

This review has been placed on Goodreads and The Reading Room


About Jeannette

I'm living the dream, reading my way around this country and living in a 5th wheeler caravan.
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