"Waiting On" Wednesday #3: Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie

Oh my! My Waiting On Wednesday pick is a novel I wasn't even aware of until doing an exclusive for Fangirlish on the authors. It has a standout cover, for sure, with the muted sepia tone starkly contrasted so that the old time writing and slash in the title font seem vibrant. Isn't it pretty?!

  • Publisher: Merit Press
  • Publishing date: September 18, 2015
  • Author(s): Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie
  • Series: Stand Alone
SWEET MADNESS by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie doesn't come out until September of this year, but it definitely pinged my radar. I am such a fan of historical retellings and am creeped out but simultaneously enthralled with murderers who were never truly psychologically deconstructed in their time. Lizzie Borden is her own special kind of unsolved mystery and I am going to revel in this new perspective on her.


Seventeen-year-old Bridget Sullivan is alone in Fall River, a city that sees Irish immigrants as nothing more than a drunken drain on society. To make matters worse, she's taken employment with the city’s most peculiar and gossip-laden family—the Bordens. But Bridget can’t afford to be picky—the pay surpasses any other job Bridget could ever secure and she desperately needs the money to buy her little sister, Cara, passage to the states. It doesn’t hurt that the job location is also close to her beau, Liam. As she enters the disturbing inner workings of the Borden household, Bridget clings to these advantages.

However, what seemed like a straightforward situation soon turns into one that is untenable. Of course Bridget has heard the gossip around town about the Bordens, but what she encounters is far more unsettling. The erratic, paranoid behavior of Mr. Borden, the fearful silence of his wife, and worse still…the nightly whisperings Bridget hears that seem to come from the walls themselves.

The unexpected bright spot of the position is that Lizzie Borden is so friendly. At first, Bridget is surprised at how Lizzie seems to look out for her, how she takes a strong interest in Bridget’s life. Over time, a friendship grows between them. But when Mr. Borden’s behavior goes from paranoid to cruel, and the eerie occurrences in the house seem to be building momentum, Bridget makes the tough decision that she must leave the house—even if it means leaving behind Lizzie, her closest friend, alone with the madness. Something she swore she would not do.

But when Bridget makes a horrifying discovery in the home, all that she thought she knew about the Bordens is called into question…including if Lizzie is dangerous. And the choice she must make about Lizzie’s character could mean Bridget’s life or death.

SWEET MADNESS is a retelling of the infamous Borden murders from the point of view of Lizzie’s Irish maid, Bridget Sullivan.

As always, many thanks goes to Breaking the Spine for hosting the event and bloggers who participate. What a great way to spread the word about upcoming books, yeah? Don't forget to leave me links to yours. It's my favorite midweek fun read. :)


  1. I hope you enjoy the book! Check out my WoW!

    1. It will be amazing. These authors have a very good track record.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I haven't read anything from either one of these authors but I have heard of them and this sounds really interesting. Hope you love it when you get your hands on it!

    1. Me too! They're lovely persons and I enjoyed interviewing them so I suspect that will all help in me adoring the book.

  3. I've never heard of this book but thanks for sharing it!! It sounds really interesting :)

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

    1. So stoked for it. The authors are darling and just overall lovely to talk to, but they're also talented and love to research. SWEET MADNESS should be historically interesting too because of it.


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