The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Shelfie Score: 79%

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 528


A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018 One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018 One of Marie Claire, Australia's 10 Books You Absolutely Have to Read in 2018 '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...

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Ann Fernandez

*Got this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book had me so HOOKED, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I refused to get off the high this book gave me until the ride was done and over with. Definitely entertaining, to say the least.

This book was really intricate, with a man stripped of his memories and relives the same day 8 times, with 8 different hosts, in order to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, a murder that doesn't look like a murder, yet happens to be one anyway.

There's something in this book for everyone, sort of. There's mystery, there are some Sci-Fi elements (though if you're expecting a completely developed Sci-Fi world, you're out of lucuh) there's some historical elements, but because the time period isn't specific enough, don't expect it to be that immersive.

If you're looking for a great mystery, however, this is definitely what you want to read. You want some good plot twists? Look no further! This book takes so many turns it's incredible, there's red herring after red herring and somewhere along the way you just stop taking things at face value and even then you're surprised at all the revelations that occur.

I have mixed feelings about whodunnits, they remind me a little too much of police procedurals sometimes for me to enjoy them fully, but I do like having a clear cast of characters and being forced to guess who is the killer. Here, however, with the body swapping and appealing side characters, the investigation doesn't feel boring or dull, and the main character isn't one-dimensional.

The writing style is pretty basic, nothing much to it in my opinion, which could be a deal-breaker for different people, I don't know. Either way, this book is definitely more for people who are inyo writing styles that just get straight to the heart of the matter.

The characters definitely aren't bland, but there isn't a significant amount of growth that occurs, our narrator most certainly not the person they once were but not entirely changed either. The growth that happens isn't even really shown because of the nature of the book itself.

I also liked how I genuinely had no idea who the killer was and their motive, I couldn't gain a real grasp on any of the information until it all came together before my eyes. There was only one time where I was like "wonder if xyz is what's REALLY happening..." And I was actually correct, but even then I forgot about that prediction and was surprised (and pleased) when it turned out to be true!

There were a few plot holes that were never truly mentioned, though I suppose it could be argued these aren't plot holes for a multitude of reasons, they feel like plot holes all the same because they are never explained despite being impossible.

Overall, really enjoyable, would definitely recommend to mystery fans who like a good whodunnit but might be too scared to approach thrillers.


Terrible, rushed ending!!!!


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