Based on a true story, Sarah Schmidt's debut novel See What I Have Done tells the story of the murders of Andrew and Abbey Borden in 1892
Melanie Black has woken up in a strange man’s bed. It’s not necessarily an unusual occurrence, but when he completely ignores her she starts to get worried. Her concern is made even worse when the man’s wife comes into the room, and also completely ignores her. She soon comes to realise what’s going on. She’s dead. And she has woken up in the house of her murderer.
Judge Scott Sampson thinks nothing of the text he gets from his wife saying she will be picking up their two children from school that afternoon. He’s disappointed that he’ll miss their weekly swimming time, but he goes on with his day. Until his wife comes home alone that evening, saying she knows nothing about the text, assuming he was picking up the children as normal.
When a severed finger turns up on Helen Taylor’s doorstep, the police must try to find out if she saw what happened to her recently deceased (and dismembered) neighbour. But Helen has trouble remembering things, and her dead husband, Bobby, talking over her shoulder isn’t helping. So the police call in her sister, Pat, to see if she can make any sense of what Helen says.
I have a guest blog post for you lovely readers today, courtesy of Stuart Gibbon, a former police officer turned writing consultant. Stuart has advised on amazing books such as CL Taylor's 'The Missing'. When Stuart contacted me I was intrigued to find out more about how writers use help from the police when researching. So I'll hand it over to Stuart to tell us about his work.