Thursday, May 15, 2008


Author: Rick Geary
Genre: YA NF Graphic Novel, Series
Published: 1997
Personal Rating: 4.5/5
Yearly Count: 66

In graphic novel form, the double murder of Andrew and Abby Borden is detailed through research by Geary. The investigation, trial and chaos within the city of Fall River, Massachusetts is "supposedly excerpted and adapted from the unpublished writings of an unknown woman from the Borden's hometown of Fall River". This "unknown woman" is the narrator.

Even knowing the basics of the Borden tragedy, I still found this book to be fascinating - of course, not the murdered victims, but the details of the investigation and Geary's drawings. Presenting and reading this horrible event as a graphic novel made a piece of history (albeit an ugly piece of history) a realistic atrocity. I read it in one sitting (it's short) and was engrossed the entire time. I will definitely be pursuing others graphic novels by Geary.


  1. Anonymous12:00 PM

    Graphic novels are becoming so popular. I've never been able to get into them...maybe I just haven't read the right one. :)

  2. Oh, oh, oh...I wonder what the chances are that my library system has this one. I really want to read it! Thanks, Joy!

  3. This sounds absolutley fabulous! This case has always been one of my big interests. I'm checking my library right now and if they don't have it I'm going to ILL it. Thanks for the review!

  4. I recently got into graphic novels, and this one sounds very interesting especially since I've always been fascinated with the Borden murders.

  5. J. Kaye ~ The Graphic Novel Challenge is what inspired me to read them. Until this year I had never read one. I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

    Debi ~ You made me giggle. I know that oh, oh, oh, feeling! :) My library system has some more in this collection. I will definitely be reading them.

    Nicola ~ Hope you find it! Supposedly all of his are good. Woo Hoo!

    Jill ~ If it wasn't for the Graphic Challenge I would have never picked them up. It has been so much fun.

  6. Anonymous7:05 PM

    This one sounds quite interesting to me as well. I too have been fascinated by this American tragedy for a long time.

    I read another take on this Lizzie Borden story in a book written by Walter Satterthwait entitled MISS LIZZIE. Quite an unusual book. I liked it.

  7. Anonymous7:41 PM

    Joy, I am not able to this year because of too many ongoing projects, but next year I'll put more time into experiencing more challenges.

  8. I read a book about the Borden murders in college that leaned my thinking away from Lizzie being the murderer. But then the movie with Lindsay Wagner, or was it Elizabeth Montgomery, provide a plausible way that Lizzie could have killed her parents.

    Anyway, it's an interesting mystery.

  9. Kay ~ I guess we'll never know what really happened, but it sure is interesting.

    J. Kaye ~ FYI: Most graphic novels are quick reads. :)

    Booklogged ~ I never read any books on it or seen the movie. I just knew the basics of the story and the sing-song chant. Geary is very good at being neutral. He states the facts that he has uncovered through his investigation.

  10. i'm going to have to look for this one! i've got a ways to go in the Graphic Novels Challenge, but it's been fun for me too.

  11. Alison ~ It's my understanding that Geary's whole series of these graphic novels are very good. I'm looking forward to reading more; however, other challenges are in the way at the moment. :)


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