Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton


Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars


Also known as The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Series: - | Published: February 8th 2018 by Raven Books
Pages: 528 | Format: Ebook
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Status: read from March 11 to March 16, 2018
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I forget everything between footsteps. 'Anna!' I finish shouting, snapping my mouth shut in surprise. My mind has gone blank. I don't know who Anna is or why I'm calling her name.”


This book sounded so good, and it was just that. The Seven Deaths of Evenlyn Hardcastle was packed with mystery, mind twists, secrets, "something-doesn't-add-up's", and cleverness. This was one of those books that throws something at you on page 50, and then you'll understand it at page 300. Everything wrapped up nicely in the end, but it was still pretty complicated and like a huge revelation-dump. But it was great, it really was.

Great characters to follow, and very different POVs. Different from any other book I've read. Not so YA-y, which I loved. Very murdery and stabby, and bloody. Quite scary and thriller-esque.

It was a little slow sometimes, but the plot was so well thought out that it didn't matter to me. I'm so fascinated that Turton managed to connect every action and thought in the past, with the future actions and thoughts. I'm really impressed by this debut novel, and I'll keep an eye out for future books by Stuart Turton, for sure!

What is it about?

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath...

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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