The Secrets of Lizzie Borden

Brandy Purdy. Kensington, $15 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-7582-8891-2
Purdy (The Ripper's Wife) breathes life and depth into Elizabeth Borden, one of the most infamous figures in American history, with mixed results. In Fall River, Mass., in 1878, 17-year-old Lizzie lives with her father, Andrew Jackson Borden, a successful and unscrupulous businessman, and her stepmother, the kindhearted Abby Durfee Gray. Lizzie still mourns the death of her own mother, and lives in fear of her domineering, often cruel, father. The narrative reads like a diary, mainly covering the events between 1878 and 1926, including her trial after the murders of Andrew and Abby. Lizzie shares lurid details about her family life, her fantasies, and her attraction to both men and women. She often acts like a cloying, poor little rich girl, but there are glimpses of a young woman who just wants to live her life on her own terms. Readers who like their historicals spicy will enjoy this tabloid-esque treatment of the notorious Lizzie's life and crimes. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 03/14/2016
Release date: 01/01/2016
Genre: Fiction
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