Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.
A rhyme that I’m sure a lot are familiar with along with the cover of this novel let’s the reader know that this is another recount of the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden which took place on August 4, 1892. Lizzie Bordon, Andrew’s youngest daughter was the prime suspect in the murders with the story following from the time they occurred to all the following events and investigation.
What is different about this particular recount is that is marketed for a younger audience. I won’t debate on whether that’s a particularly good idea or not to target a younger age group with a book about gruesome murders but what I will say is I think they did a good job in writing for a younger reader with the book.
The book is set up to read like a fiction story with a bit simpler writing than you would find in an adult version. As you are reading the story there are little boxes of actual facts and details to gain more perspective into the events. For example it mentions Lizzie wearing black to the funeral but not the right attire. The box then explains what the customs and traditions of the time were.
There’s also little bits added that would seem to help a younger audience understand such as when money is mentioned it gives what the amount would be equivalent to in today’s economy. Details such as these make the story a bit of an educational read for the younger audience as well.
Personally I reviewed a Kindle copy of this book and while it was readable and the pictures could be seen I’d almost suggest if really interested to pick up a physical copy. I think some of the images and diagrams etc included would probably be better seen in an actual book and would also make it easier if you for instance wanted to flip back to the blueprints of the home while reading about it in the story it would be easier to do so in a physical copy.
Overall, great job by the author in achieving the goal of making a readable account of the events for the younger age group. Also, an interesting read for any age really if you haven’t read before.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.