Title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton (ARC originally named The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle)
Author: Stuart Turton
Blurb (taken from Goodreads:
How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that will appeal to fans of Kate Atkinson and Agatha Christie.
First off, let’s get one thing clear: this review isn’t fair. It’s not fair because I feel that the only way to properly review this book is to do so only after a second, if not a third, close read.
The 7 1/2 Deaths is Evelyn Hardcastle is a complex murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very last few pages. There’s just enough foreshadowing that you can see the ending coming, but at the same time, I doubt I could have guessed it correctly, which makes this book so valuable in my eyes.
I won’t lie, it’s hard to keep track of this story. It took me a long time to read it (I usually put a book away per week, but this one took me almost two months – and it wasn’t exceptionally long either) because I had to start it over at about the 20% mark just to make sure I had grasped what had happened in the first few chapters. I wish I had the time to read through this book again just so I can pick up on everything I’ve missed, as I did with my favourite book from Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a complex “Who Dun It” type of mystery with a bit of a supernatural twist. It was really good, although it took me forever to go through it. Some reviewers said they couldn’t put it down, but I find its the type of book that you have to enjoy slowly to pick up on the nuances that made it such a deliciously elegant mystery.
I’d like to thank Sourcebooks Lanark, as well as Netgalley, for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.