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Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom
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Oct 02, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010
Read from September 27 to October 02, 2010

Elizabeth Engstrom's Lizzie Borden is a fictionalized account of the real-life events that took place 100+ years ago. Engstrom took what facts are known about the Borden family and the crime and then cleverly twisted them into a story of what could have happened. As I was reading, I felt like I was transported back in time to that sweltering hot summer of 1892, a fly on the wall of the Borden house as they all went about their daily activities. Engstrom does a great job of delving into the family dynamics, the personalities of Lizzie, Emma, Abby, and Andrew, and each of their frustrations and disfunctionalities. There is growing suspense as we sense that certain characters are spinning out of control, and the reader doesn't find out who commits the murders (fictionally speaking, of course) until the very end of the book.

The true case in itself is fascinating, especially since we will most likely never know who really did it. Kind of frustrating too, though, right? To think that we'll never know...
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Reading Progress

09/27/2010 page 27
09/29/2010 page 103
29.0% "Enjoying this so far. It's a fictionalized account of the Lizzie Borden story. Gives a good feel of the time period! (1890's) Murder hasn't happened yet... it's all about Lizzie and the family dynamics."
09/30/2010 page 166
47.0% "It's a little slow and non-exciting, but still pretty good."
10/02/2010 page 318
90.0% "almost finished, just a few more pages"
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message 1: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Sounds good. I've always been fascinated by the Borden case and can't help thinking Lizzie either did it or had something to do with it.

Kelly Hey Cynthia. It is a fascinating case, huh?! I put a hold at the library for A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden by Daylight, which is non-fiction. Should be interesting!

message 3: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Sounds interesting. I did an Amazon. search on this book and it's out of print :(. I did find a journal dedicated to Lizzie though!

The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden and Victorian Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, Issue 26

Kelly Which book is out of print... A Private Disgrace or the one I just read? My library carries both. But I see a like-new copy of Elizabeth Engstrom's on for 75 cents!

As far as the true crime, it's weird how they never found the hatchet, and no bloody clothing or blood spatter on Lizzie. So interesting!

Kelly I just looked up the journal.... that looks SOOO interesting!! My library doesn't appear to carry it though. :(

There is another fictionalized book that is supposed to be really good as well - Lizzie by Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain). It looks like it's probably out of print too. I think I might have to put a hold on that one at the library!

message 6: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Doesn't it look fascinating. I'm not sure if it's still active though. I've only been able to find info up to 2009. Have you read McDonald's (criminal profiler) book 'cases that haunt us'? He takes a look at the Borden case. I'll see if I can pull out the book and remind myself what he says. His analyses of the OJ and Jon Benet Ramsay cases are fascinating.

Kelly I did read the Lizzie and JonBenet sections of that book, but I can barely remember what I read (hate when that happens!). I seem to remember, with JonBenet, that he put out a lot of evidence that pointed towards Patsy, but he ultimately didn't think anyone in the family did it, is that right? As for Lizzie, I can't remember anything at all! If you flip through the book, remind me what he thinks about that one :)

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