See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt

Time to start August with a bang!

Thanks to Grove Atlantic for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt is out today – August 1st 🙂 Not only is this the first book for August, but it’s also the first August selection for the #CJSReads2017 trio. Check back later for Chandra and Sam’s thoughts.


My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

“Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. Or did she?” How could I not be instantly drawn into SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt? This was a historical mystery/thriller and I could not put it down. It had an eerie vibe for the entirety of the book – like something wasn’t quite right.

It’s August of 1892 and Lizzie Borden finds her father dead. All she can say to their maid is that someone cut him. While everyone around her panics, Lizzie remains eerily calm throughout the ordeal. A short time later that same day, they find her stepmother dead in her room. Who could have possibly killed them?

We switch perspectives between Lizzie, her sister Emma, Bridget the maid, and Benjamin. We have flashbacks from each character and it definitely paints quite the picture of who they are and how they came to be that way. Emma resenting her younger sister and hating her for keeping her tied to their home. The relationship between Lizzie and her late father and stepmother. Bridget and how she came to end up at the Borden’s home. Then finally, Benjamin. A man hired by the girls’ uncle – how does he tie in?

If you like a good thriller and mystery that has that constant eerie feeling throughout, then you need this one. This book kept me turning pages and second guessing who I thought had done it. One thing is for sure, Lizzie is crazy. Her chapters were so interesting to read and hear her thought process about the entire ordeal.

I highly recommend this one and completely see why it’s getting all the buzz that it has been.


How are you kicking off August? This was quite the book to start with 🙂



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