The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Hardcover – September 18, 2018
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"Turton's debut is a brainy, action-filled sendup of the classic mystery." - Kirkus Reviews
"This novel is so ingenious and original that it's difficult to believe it's Turton's debut. The writing is completely
immersive...there are certainly echoes of Agatha Christie here, but it's Christie ramped up several notches, thanks to the malevolent twist on the Groundhog Day theme. Readers may be scratching their heads in delicious befuddlement as they work their way through this novel, but one thing will be absolutely clear: Stuart Turton is an author to remember." - Booklist
"This book blew my mind! Utterly original and unique." - International bestseller Sophie Hannah
"If Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett had ever had LSD-fuelled sex, then The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle would be their acid trip book baby. Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other." - Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author
"I hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of Crime. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is unique, energizing, and clever. So original, a brilliant read." - Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author Good Me Bad Me
"Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey with a splash of red wine and Twin Peaks. Dark and twisty, lush and riddled with gorgeous prose, part of me will always be trapped in Blackheath." - Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author
"A kaleidoscopic mystery that brilliantly bends the limits of the genre and the mind of the reader. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is urgent, inventive, creepy and, above all, a blast to read!" - Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
"Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! It's a work of sheer genius. An amazing, unique book that blew my mind." - Sarah J. Harris, author of The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder
"Gloriously inventive, playful and clever, this is a must for mystery fans. I wish I'd written it myself..." - Robin Stevens, author of the Wells and Wong mystery series
"Stuart Turton's debut novel is dazzling in its complexity, astonishing in its fiendishness, and shocking in its sheer audacity. Every page, every character, and every deliciously dark secret is an absolute treat. Turton is going places." - Anna Stephens, author of The Godblind Trilogy
"Audaciously inventive, gripping, and original." - Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It
"I'm green with envy; I wish I'd written this book" - Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You
"Absolute envy-making bloody murderous brilliance" - Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
"This book had me mesmerized from the very first page to the last. A totally unique premise and a beautifully plotted tale told with breathtaking skill. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Every page either sparkles or fizzes with beauty or danger. This is a real mind-melter of a novel from a writer who has complete mastery over his work. If more people could write like this, who'd need cinema?" - Imran Mahmood, author of You Don't Know Me
"Pop your favorite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop of Downton Abbey, a dash of Quantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling of Groundhog's Day and you'll get this unique murder mystery. The twisting, cleverly-written debut..." - Harper's Bazaar, 10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018
"Atmospheric and unique, this is a mystery that adds "Who am I?" to the question of whodunit, with existentially suspenseful results." - Foreword
"My favorite mystery so far this year, it's Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day, and Black Mirror mashed up into the kind of tale you just can't put down." - Sarah Cation, Canadian Living
About the Author
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (September 18, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492657964
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492657965
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #333,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now, you may be wondering, who's the bad guy? It's quite simple: all of them. Nobody is who he seems and nothing is as it seems. That's why this is so convoluted. The reader sees many incidents numerous times from different perspectives and with different information and that is confounded by the fact that many witnesses are mistaken or lying.
I'm sure this is not everybody's cup of tea but I loved it. It was one of those books I couldn't put down because I wanted to see what would happen next. And there are plenty of surprises. I love time paradoxes and mysteries so this was right up my alley.
Incidentally, one of the ways I judge a book or movie is by how skillfully the exposition is handled. That is because expositions are often artificial and boring. Here the author begins with an invitation to the masquerade identifying many of the characters and the situation. I'd never seen that before.
forced myself to finish it. I found the plot confusing, the atmosphere dark and depressing, and sadly, I didn’t care about the characters, any of them. A who-dunit mixed with time travel, a murder mystery that died at the hands of its own cleverness.
The author said in a Q&A(in the back of this book)that this story was inspired by his love of time travel, Agatha Christie, and Quantum Leap. With those three things how could this book be bad?
It was a super fun ride and I would definitely read this again. The book definitely keeps you guessing and keeps you locked in place. Once I got to a certain part in the book, I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down until I was finished or sleep stole me away.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. ANYONE! Now go ahead and get you a copy. Enjoy!
I was given a copy of this book for free by netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed it so much, I went out and pre-ordered my copy of the Hardcover edition immediately!
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It is a fascinating and far from simple telling and will best be read by people who are willing to accept that the basic premise is certainly not at all basic as the novel develops. I am enjoying it greatly but it is not a straightforward read, and it is far more complex than an 'Agatha Christie' novel.