Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
We all know this rhyme, right? We’ve all heard of Lizzie Borden, but no one really knows the story behind what actually happened. Lizzie was tried for the murder of her father and her stepmother, but she was acquitted. There have been other theories floating around over the years, but that’s the interesting part – no one really knows what went on. If you do some research, you can read a few of these theories, of course, but if you want an obviously well-researched fictional account of what went on leading up to those murders, this is a great book to pick up.
I’ve seen quite a few good reviews for this book, and let me say that this book deserves the praise. I guarantee it’ll be like nothing else you’ve read. I know this is definitely a thriller (I’ve been fortunate enough to have across some really good ones lately), but I’m not sure if it should be classified as horror, exactly. However, it thoroughly creeped me out (yay!), so I’m going to go right ahead and categorize it in with horror.
Our story involves Bridget, who is seventeen years old and has come to America from Ireland. She spends some time looking for work, and eventually lands a position as a maid in the Borden household. While there, Lizzie, the daughter of Andrew Borden, takes quite a liking to Bridget. Lizzie only has one friend, and has been dubbed a thief and “mad” around town, so the prospect of her getting some more friends anytime soon doesn’t seem very likely. While Bridget is a little concerned with how strange things in the Borden household are (the disturbing noises she hears in the night, how Andrew Borden and Lizzie get along, and the overall unsettling feeling that Bridget has when she is in the house), she is open to being friends with Lizzie, even if Lizzie seems somewhat obsessed with her.
Since Bridget is trying to save up money to get a house with her boyfriend and bring her sister over from Ireland, she decides to stay on as a maid at the Borden house as long as she can, since Mr. Borden pays a lot better than any of the other jobs she has seen. However, things start getting a little too strange, and some mysteries come to light that makes Bridget reconsider how long she can really stay there and feel safe.
This book is an incredible mystery that is pretty fast-paced and full of odd twists that make it worth a read. I didn’t want to put this one down – I read it during dinner, I read it while standing in line at the DMV, and I stayed up late to finish it. It was unique, interesting, downright creepy, and since it’s October, it’s a book you should add to your to be read list if you’re interested in creepy books for Halloween! This definitely gave me the chills, and I loved it from the first page to the last.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.