This book took a LONG time to research. I mean, months and months. Reading testimony, studying floor plans, looking at family trees and…moreHi Elizabeth!
This book took a LONG time to research. I mean, months and months. Reading testimony, studying floor plans, looking at family trees and attempting to reimagine this story from Bridget Sullivan's point of view...it was a long and complicated process, but a fascinating one! The most interesting tidbit in my opinion, is that Andrew and Abigail's murder were not the first murders in the Borden family! Yes, there's a history of darkness in that family, one we found both disturbing and fascinating. As for whether or not I think Lizzie actually did it - I can honestly say I change my mind on that almost daily. Many signs point to her as the perpetrator, despite the lack of physical evidence, however Andrew Borden wasn't without enemies, so there's enough doubt to muddy the waters...that's for sure! Hope you read and enjoy this coming September! (less)
which proves once again she is awesome and worthy of a bump. She and her writing partner also write YA that kids and parents can buddy read without one or the other wanting to tear all of their hair out. If you find the story of Lizzie Borden fascinating after all these years, this might be your c ...more
Sweet Madness was basically a compilation of a lot of fabulous things rolled into one.
Fabulous, multifaceted characters?
Twists I did not see coming?
Lizzie freaking Borden?
(Granted, that last one is pretty unique to this book, but that doesn't make it less fabulous.)
If you know about the Lizzie Borden case, you'll know how creepily fascinating the whole thing is. If you don't know about i ...more
This is the story of Lizzie Borden told through the eyes of the family maid Bridget. This story is historical fiction with actual facts distributed throughout.
I felt like I was reading a text book or part of a history books at some parts. So it took me longer than I thought to get through this.
I have always liked the Lizzie Borden story so that in itself was very intriguing. Lizzie was a great character and I appreciated her quirks.
If you like historical ...more
At times this book shows signs of promise, but it's plagued with historical inaccuracies and an utterly absurd "answer" to what happened to Andrew and Abby Borden.
(view spoiler)[So in the end we find out that the Borden family was convinced they were "cursed" and were hearing voices and whatever. This is connected to Andrew's first wife, Sarah, and another Borden member in history who killed her children and committed suicide.
Abby apparently has been having ...more
I was one of the luckiest people in the world who was able to read an early version of this novel.
Let me tell you, it was fantastic!
I loved this book because it has so many facets of fantastic story-telling. All in one novel, I was engaged, thrilled, creeped out, chilled, swoony, in love, disgusted, enthralled, and wrapped up in a bow of mystery. I didn't know someone could take a chilling nursery rhyme and delve deep into the heart of a tragic history and truly bring it t ...more
Lizzie Borden took an axe,
and gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
she gave her father forty one...
Or did she?
Although I had heard the above poem before, I really didn't know much more about Lizzie Borden and the Borden murders. But, I'm kind of glad that I didn't know the whole story before reading Sweet Madness because I went into this book almost clueless. Well, except for the poem. Also, because I did...more
First there is New Bedford, with it’s Moby Dick marina (I’m sorry, but could they PICK a worse name? I mean seriously – the whale sunk the boat), and a few miles further west is Fall River – a still active sea-faring community that mixes brave new businesses with condemned row houses. From the elevate ...more
The characters were very well developed and I learned quite a bit about life in the late 1800s. It shows that there may have been a lot more to this famous murder than it seems.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction, YA or mysteries.
I grew up fascinated by the Lizzie Borden story (growing up in a New England mill town myself, about an hour from Fall River). This is a wonderful telling of the story from the housekeeper's perspective. Even knowing the ultimate outcome, I was on tenterhooks the whole time, anxious to see how Ms. Leaver was going to reach the finale. I was not disappointed.
Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
We all know this rhyme, right? We've all heard of Lizzie Borden, but no one really knows the story behind what actually happened. Lizzie was tried for the murder of her father and her stepmother, but she was acquitted. There have been other theories floating around over the years, but that's the interesting ...more
"Everybody in Fall River had a bit of gossip to prattle on about whenever it came to the Bordens." (pg. 31)
A thrilling young adult historical fiction, Sweet Madness takes on the tale of Lizzie Borden. Told through the perspective of the Bordens’ house maid Bridget Sullivan, this reimagining puts a wondrous spin on an age old mystery.
"The house I was working in was filled with crazy people, and everyone in Fall River knew it...including me." (pg. 93)
Sweet Madnes ...more
Otherwise, grab it, go to your favorite reading spot, and settle in because you'll want to read this in a sitting. Sweet Madness is a re-imagining of the Lizzie Borden murder case as told by the Borden's naive young maid, Bridget Sullivan. Bridget takes the job at the Borden’s for the few extra pennies they pay so that she can bring her sister over from Ireland. But the Borden house is an unsettling and claustrophobic home and Lizzie and her parents are ...more
The heroine is relatable and the thick mysteries of the Borden house unravel at a good pace. You might think you've sold this old murder yourself before you turn the final pages, but if history has taught us anything it's that the small ...more
Speaking of..I loved the twist toward the end. Definitely didn't expect that turn of events.