Interesting enough, but lacking in the drama I’d been promised. 3.5/5.
The blurb: It is midnight on 30th June 1860 and all is quiet in the Kent family’s elegant house in Road, Wiltshire. The next morning, however, they wake to find that their youngest son has been the victim of an unimaginably gruesome murder – the house was bolted from the inside. As Jack Whicher, the most celebrated detective of his day, arrives at Road to track down the killer, the murder provokes national hysteria at the thought of what might be festering behind the closed doors of respectable middle-class homes – scheming servants, rebellious children, insanity, jealously, loneliness and loathing.
This true story has all the hallmarks of a classic gripping murder mystery. A body, a detective, a country house steeped in secrets and a whole family of suspects – it is the original Victorian whodunnit.
This is my second audiobook and, although my experience of listening to the story was positive, this is definitely a book I would have preferred to read myself. While Christian Rodska did a perfectly fine job with narrating and doing the different voices, I have a problem attending to non-fiction at the best of times, and my mind started to wander in the less than fascinating sections of the story.