The Secrets of Lizzie Borden

The Secrets of Lizzie Borden

by Brandy Purdy


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The Secrets of Lizzie Borden 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where Lizzie went to Europe before settling down at home, and all the details of what she had done while there.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
The story of Lizzie Borden and the murder of her parents have fascinated generations. Did she or didn't she do it? This question circulates to this very day. Now, Brandy Purdy has stepped up and wrote a compelling biographical novel about Lizzie Borden, her life, and her dark motivations. Anyone who reads a novel by Brandy Purdy must be prepared for a grippingly well told story that often bend the facts to enhance the story. And that's what I love most about Brandy Purdy! She knows how to spin a tale and make it soar. She definitely did just that with The Secrets of Lizzie Borden. By using a very person, first personal narrative, the author knows how to delve deep inside her protaganists thoughts and emotions to make them larger than life, and that's what stands out the most about this novel. Lizzie Borden became so real that I truly felt I understood her and why she did what she did. I instinctively knew that I was not supposed to like or hate her - rather to comprehend her motivations. This book definitely left me haunted, exposed to conflicting feelings of loathing and understanding. And that's the sign of a great book. For anyone who loves biographical murder mysteries and novels set in Victorian times, then this is a book you have to read. Compelling, engrossing, shocking! I loved it. Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
The Secrets of Lizzie Borden is one of dozens of books based on Lizzie Borden, the infamous axe murderess (or alleged axe murderess) who supposedly snapped one day and killed her stepmother and father in a most gruesome fashion. Lizzie was eventually acquitted of the crime by a jury. The story is almost as famous as the history of Jack the Ripper, so I’m sure you’ve all heard the tale. In this book, the author dives into Lizzie’s life (fictional, of course) and tries to establish a different kind of Lizzie, one who travelled the world, felt locked in a cage when at home, had a frugal father who denied her frivolities like new dresses and such, had a terrible love life, and eventually murdered her stepmother and father. The story is an okay one, although it drags on a bit in the middle after the supposed climax (the murders) has happened, and then you still have over a hundred pages to go. It makes sense, because Lizzie’s life naturally didn’t end up with the murder of her parents, she lived on for many years after that. But as a reader, you’re most interested in the build up toward the murder – what made her do it? what were her thoughts? – and everything after that isn’t all that interesting anymore. The writing was all right, although a bit quaint, a bit flowery and wordy. The plot was pretty decent too. We see Lizzie go on a trip to Europe, we see her falling in love and then being denied said love, and so on. My major problem with the book, however, is Lizzie. Here, Lizzie is portrayed as a child. She may be thirty or forty years old during some chapters, but she’s still portrayed as a child, looking for love, doing everything she can to find it. She acts very childish when she doesn’t get what she want, she’s so naive that at times I wanted to slap her and basically she holds nothing of the allure, charm, or just general complexity you’d expect from Lizzie Borden – or just from about any person. Lizzie annoyed me so much that I couldn’t enjoy the book because of that. She didn’t seem realistic at all, more like a child stuck in an adult’s body. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Secrets of Lizzie Borden is an interesting look into a fictional Lizzie Borden. I found it fascinating how the author portrayed Lizzie growing up what led to her step mother and father's murder, and after. I thought she was written to be a likable but sad character. Brandy Purdy did a fantastic job with this book and I highly recommend it! 5 stars.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading books by this author as she has a knack for telling us historical stories and making them more interesting, so when I was offered this book to read I was happy to say yes. Brandy Purdy does a very good job of protraying Lizzie Borden and all the dark things she went through in life. After reading about her childhood and young adult years you can kind of understand why she went a crazy and committed the murders. I can not imagine all that she had to endure although this book gives us a pretty good idea. Her father was so mean and crazy. There is such vivid description in this book you feel as if you can really feel the emotions that Lizzie felt. You felt as if you were right there alongside her throughout her sad life. It seems as if there was not much happiness in Lizzie's life and I felt bad for her. You could tell that the author did a lot of research to get this book just right. I would recommend this book if you are looking to learn a little more about a dark piece of history.