Updated: Oct 3, 2018
A delightfully unique concept with a new twist every day.
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed at 11p.m. – 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, Aidan’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder. He has eight days and each day he wakes up in the body of a different guest, if he fails to solve the murder, the cycle begins again – but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a convoluted murder mystery that you cannot conceivable figure out, with an interesting science-fiction twist. It’s sort of a mix between Agatha Christie and Quantum Leap.
The concept of the book was my favorite part. It requires a tremendous amount of attention to keep track of all the characters and motivations, but it’s well work the effort. Even Aiden had a hard time keeping track of all the puzzle pieces. I can’t even image how difficult it was to write this book. But the writing was sharp, clear and dramatic. Both the setting and the characters are perfect for the story, but I had an impossible time trying to figure out who my favorite character was...
Author Stuart Turton is a freelance journalist who lives in West London and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his first novel. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher SourceBooks Landmark
Published September 18, 2018