An extremely evocative portrayal of the 1892 murders linked to Lizzie Borden. More than a mere fictionalised account – Schmidt has created a brilliant story in itself, whose link to fact seems incidental. There are four central characters, and the story is told in the first person voice of each. This fluctuating viewpoint puts the reader into a deductive role as the mystery behind the unsolved murders is explored. Lizzie’s character is disturbingly ambiguous: she is cold, yet elicits sympathy; naive yet knowing. She is both needy and domineering and her relationship with her sister is claustrophobic. The use of language to heighten her theme is skilfully done: detail is visceral, overtly sensory – the result is a powerful and compulsive psychological portrait.