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Just the facts, ma'am,
This review is from: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House (Hardcover)
I was slightly disappointed. The author did a fantastic job piecing together the wealth of information about the case -- newspaper reports, official records, letters, interview notes, etc. We know what everyone did in great detail. The author was careful to stick to the facts. She didn't fictionalize or make assumptions. That's good reporting. However, the result was that I was unable to connect with or feel sympathy for any of the people involved, even poor little Savile. All I had was facts, and facts can't put flesh on these people.
It's a good read, but it felt like something was missing. It's not the author's fault though. Unlike today's true crime writers, she didn't have the benefit of personal observation of the players. They just never came to life for me.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2010, 20:56:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Feb 2010, 20:58:15 GMT
I totally agree - I've been wondering what was 'missing' as well, and I think it was a sense of climax. Notwithstanding the fact that the author clearly did not wish to step out of the factual boundaries and therefore could not weave more tension into the book, I felt no sense of awe or catharsis at all, which I need in order to be really touched by what I read. I don't really understand why so many plaudits achieved by the book at all!! But as you say, not the author's fault.
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