It's a case of whodunit? I could understand why this book had
received so much praise and recognition most probably for the amount of research that the author had put into the making of this book.
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher is a meticulously researched investigation into a notorious murder case. Although it happened by some 150 years ago I can't help but compare the reaction from the media of the time and at present which would accompany a similar crime today.
Tabloid hysteria is not a modern day phenomenon. I'm nonplussed by how the suspect could get away with such gruesome crime after killing her step brother by just serving a lengthy jail term and later went on to lead a productive life on her release, including working with leprosy sufferers. An example of someone turning over a new leaf? Or as the book hints - an example of someone taking more than her fair share of the blame in order to protect a loved one?
There are many fascinating things about the case, and the book is gripping from the start, although it gets a bit bogged down in detail at times. It took me awhile to finish this book for just when things start to get exciting the author tend to sway from the case and squeeze in factual details or issues that were remotely not related to the case, somehow you'll be tempted to dart through some paragraphs or pages due to this.
Thought provoking, recommend to patient readers but not a book I'm interested in keeping or reading it again.