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4.0 out of 5 starsInteresting perspective and style
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2021
I really liked the way the author shifted between past and present. Lizzie is the most unreliable narrator but her interactions with her unnamed companions make her almost sympathetic. I found their chapters to be very tender and they left me wanting more. I wish this novella were longer.
Enjoyed the author’s take on Lizzie’s thought process and actions. I think the inclusion of the young male admirer was a total waste of input. Story would have been stronger — in my opinion — if it was just Lizzie remembering as she neared death.
After all these years, it's still one of those footnotes of history that chill the blood yet seem to lead to more questions than answers. What happened in that house? Why? A well written book and an easy read based on one of the more compelling crimes of that era.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
Lately i have been reading Liz B books that get things all wrong or make up impossible situations if it is a fiction book. This one stays true to possibility and delves into her thoughts and why she did what she did --- at least in this book, the supposition is that she did it herself. I can recite a lot of the true events backwards and forwards and found everything plausible - and found myself zipping through to see what happens next -- even tho i knew what happened next -- so THAT tells you that someone as familiar with Liz B as i am could be made to turn pages (well flip pages on a Kindle) that I thought it was very well done. (A good friend of mine has written one of the factual Liz B books and i can tell that this author has read that book from some of the details mentioned.)
I’ve always been a fan of true crime, so as soon as I came across “Confessions of Lizzie Borden,” I just had to pick it up. It was everything that I expected and even more. Thoroughly researched and written in such a way that it’ll send chills down your spine, it’s an intimate glimpse into the psyche of one of the most infamous ax killers of all time. Along with Lizzie, you will discover dark family secrets, understand the reasons behind the conflict that drove her to murder and watch her unravel to the point of no return. It’s dark and absolutely riveting. If you’re a true crime fan like me, you won’t be able to get enough of it.