ABOUT THE BOOK:
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…
In THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN, Brandy Purdy has taken historical facts and woven them into a twisted, fictionalized tale about a woman who, above all else, was desperate for love. The author doesn’t shy away from the blood and brutality of Borden’s ill fated story and easily pulls the reader into the twisted mind of the young murderess with vivid descriptions of her surroundings and the people close to her.
In this book, Lizzie is a sympathetic character. As we will never know how she truly felt, I can only go by the book on this – and I felt extremely sorry for her most of the time! Whenever it seemed that things were looking up for her, her dreams were dashed – either by her father, or, after his murder, by her reputation. I was rooting for her to have a happy ending and… well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.
With a brutal look at an unhappy life as told by the title character herself, I give THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN 4 stars ****.
*I received an e-copy of this book from Kensington Books via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*