My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Finished reading this at midnight. Will I sleep? Probably not.
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book! This is a review of an ARC!
In See What I Have Done we are led through the rough confirmed timeline through the eyes of various characters. I love love love how this book purposely fits in with what we know to be fact, while adding in "new" (of course at this point no theory can really be considered new) speculation. Schmidt obviously thoroughly researched this case and boy, does it pay off! One thing I will say about the writing in this book is that it's gross. At one point Emma Borden is left to clean the house of the... mess... and I almost gagged. Physically gagged. This book is almost disgusting in its descriptions. However - that's kind of the point, isn't it? Through this novel we are placed in the Borden house on the most gruesome day in it's history. (On a side note, the house is now a museum/B&B where you can actually stay the night. No way in hell would you even catch me on the same block as this house.)
All in all, this isn't your classic old fashioned murder mystery, and while this is technically historical fiction, it relies heavily on a very disturbing true story, and the mental imagery isn't pretty. At all. If you can handle that, definitely give this gem a read.
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