Sweet Madness

Sweet Madness

Book - 2015
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Bridget Sullivan, a maid in the Borden household, describes the events leading up to the murder of Andrew Borden and his second wife, and how the youngest daughter, Lizzie, was put on trial for the crime.
Publisher: Blue Ash, OH, U.S.A. : Merit Press, [2015]
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEA
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Currie, Lindsay - Author
ISBN: 9781440588945


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May 29, 2016

The unsolved Lizzie Borden murders have been written about in dozen of books, but this is the first one I've seen that was narrated by Bridget Sullivan, the Borden family maid. Since Sullivan was a recent immigrant from Ireland, it would probably be more accurate to write her first person story in an Irish brogue, but most readers will probably be glad they don't have to struggle through unfamiliar nineteenth century Gaelic expression. As in most historical novels, the challenge is keep the suspense going when the reader (usually) already knows the outcome; Leaver does this by concentrating on Sullivan's unexplored personal life, and showing Bridget's sympathy swinging back and forth between the cold hearted (yet well paying) elder Bordens and the odd (yet pitifully lonely) Lizzie Borden.

Leaver comes up with a novel solution to the killings as well, even though the end didn't happen quite like that. Let's just say that most theoretical solutions are solos, or at most duos, while Leavers' is a team effort.


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