The Borden Murders

Finished The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Here’s middle-grade nonfiction that reads like a thriller. With murder, court battles, and sensational newspaper headlines, the story of Lizzie Borden is compulsively readable and perfect for the Common Core.

Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.

In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers along as she investigates a brutal crime: the August 4, 1892, murders of wealthy and prominent Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and highly respected Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. Most of what is known about Lizzie’s arrest and subsequent trial (and acquittal) comes from sensationalized newspaper reports; as Miller sorts fact from fiction, and as a legal battle gets under way, a gripping portrait of a woman and a town emerges.

With inserts featuring period photos and newspaper clippings—and, yes, images from the murder scene—readers will devour this nonfiction book that reads like fiction.”

I don’t read very much nonfiction and this book makes me want to change that.

Everyone’s heard of Lizzie Borden, right? The girl who took an ax and murdered her parents?

Well…not really.

For one thing, Lizzie was found not guilty of those crimes.  And for another, no one got the “40 whacks.”

And also, it’s still unknown exactly who killed the Bordens.  No one else was ever charged and, like I said, Lizzie was found not guilty.

Even weirder, she stayed in her hometown and was basically shunned by pretty much everyone for years.  And for a little while, she stayed in the house.  (She did move, but not right away.)

If you’re into true crime novels (or court cases), this is absolutely the book for you.  And even if you’re not, this is an interesting and compelling read.


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