See What I Have Done


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Grove Press
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah Schmidt works as a reading and literacy coordinator at a regional public library. See What I Have Done is her first novel. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.


A National Bestseller

"A bloody good read . . . A taut, lyrical account of the destruction of the Borden family . . . brings to mind Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Everything about Schmidt's novel is hauntingly, beautifully off." --USA Today

"Schmidt has created a lurid and original work of horror." --New York Times Book Re-view

"A prickly, unsettling wonder: a story so tactile and feverishly surreal it feels like a sort of reverse haunting . . . As much as See What I Have Done is Borden's story, it's also an unvarnished glimpse of what it means to be female, in ways not strictly confined to the late 19th century." --Entertainment Weekly

"[Schmidt creates an] atmosphere of brooding dread and lurking neurosis . . . a sense of claustrophobia and entrapment appropriate to her tale of seething jealousies and familial love and hate inextricably in-tertwined." --Boston Globe

"A gripping and still puzzling story." --Wall Street Journal

"Deliciously disturbing . . . [Schmidt's] prose is clever and taut and generously seasoned with nouns verbing their way into literary history." --New York Journal of Books

"A barn-burning, fever-ridden first novel. It makes blistering reading out of first-rate historical fiction . . . Hilary Mantel, in her brilliant re-creation of Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies, may be the best practitioner alive, but this book announces Schmidt as a new sister in the craft." --Newsday

"Schmidt is undeniably a fine writer." --Dallas Morning News

"An outstanding debut novel about love, death, and the lifelong repercussions of unresolved grief." --Observer

"Schmidt weaves a complicated, compelling tale . . . giving fresh life to a sensational crime of old." --Marie Claire

"[A] moody, atmospheric tale . . . Superb." --Washington Independent Review of Books

"Novels that manage to spin a genuinely skin-crawling atmosphere, such as Patrick Süskind's Perfume, are rare, and Schmidt is a master . . . See What I Have Done deserves to be considered a Gothic classic." --Saturday Paper

"Debut novelist Sarah Schmidt tackles the murk and silence in this old tale, imagining the cruel secrets of a respected family." --Elle (one of 24 Best Books To Read This Summer)

"[The] novel is compelling, scary--and gruesomely visceral." --Entertainment Weekly (one of Summer's 20 Must-Read Books)

"This palpable imagining of what led to the murder of Lizzie Borden's parents will stay with you for as long as this historical mystery has enthralled pop culture." --Redbook (one of the Best Summer Reads)

"[An] unforgettable debut . . . Equally compelling as a whodunit, 'whydunit, ' and historical novel." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A dazzling debut novel that is as unsettling as the summer heat that permeates the crime scene . . . an unusually intimate portrait. There are books about murder and there are books about imploding families; this is the rare novel that seamlessly weaves the two together, asking as many questions as it answers." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Heralds the arrival of a major new talent . . . Nail-biting horror mixes with a quiet, unforgettable power to create a novel readers will stay up all night finishing." --Booklist (starred review)

"What better subject for a psychological thriller than one of the most notorious murders in U.S. history . . . A fresh treatment of Lizzie Borden." --Library Journal (starred review)

"[A] gory and gripping debut." --Guardian

"Lizzie Borden might be the archetypal transgressive female, and Sarah Schmidt has taken the 81 whacks and the parents that were dealt them and spun a mesmerising reimagining of it all . . . Schmidt writes with precision and flair about the oppressive boredom of domesticity, the twisted intensity of sisterly love and the forlorn dreams of leaving and of personal reinvention . . . A glittering, gory fever dream of a book, See What I Have Done is a remarkable debut." --Telegraph

"This novel is like a crazy murdery fever dream, swirling around the day of the murders. Schmidt has written not just a tale of a crime, but a novel of the senses. There is hardly a sentence that goes by without mention of some sensation, whether it's a smell or a sound or a taste, and it is this complete saturation of the senses that enables the novel to soak into your brain and envelope you in creepy uncomfortableness. It's a fabulous, unsettling book." --Book Riot

"Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away." --Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

"Everyone knows the rhyme. We've all heard the story. But not until you read See What I Have Done will you learn the truth behind one of the most spine-tingling horror stories of all time. In this stunning debut novel, Sarah Schmidt transforms the Lizzie Borden story from lurid infamy to flawed reality." --Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

"Sarah Schmidt's beautifully wrought See What I Have Done is a compelling, psychologically rich take on a well-loved tale, bringing new insight into the myth of just who Lizzie Borden was. This glorious gothic novel brings to mind the work of Sarah Waters and Patrick McGrath." --Sabina Murray, author of Valiant Gentlemen

"Haunting, evocative and psychologically taut, See What I Have Done breathes fresh life into the infamous 19th-century murder case surrounding Lizzie Borden. This is a powerful, beautifully researched debut novel that brings us into contact with the recurring American dramas of violence and retribution while summoning the beguiling voices of the past." --Dominic Smith, author of the New York Times bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos