‘Absolutely riveting’ Sarah Waters
‘A classic’ John Le Carre
‘Terrific’ Ian Rankin
WINNER OF THE BBC FOUR SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE
Shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger
‘A beautiful piece, written with great lucidity and respect for the reader, and with immaculate restraint. A classic, to my mind, of the finest documentary writing’ John Le Carre
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. Even worse, the guilty party is surely one of their number – the house was bolted from 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, jealousy, 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 whodunit.
‘Gripping, unputdownable’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A terrific read in the Wilkie Collins tradition’ Susan Hill
‘Nothing less than a masterpiece…My shelves are stacked with books about crime, but none more satisfying than this’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
- Debolina Raja Gupta