- Publisher: Bloomsbury; 1st edition (2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408889560
- ISBN-13: 978-1408889565
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.8 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Hardcover – 2018
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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'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...
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Just a brief synopsis, as it’s better to go in blind, and I’m loathe to spoil anything. So, basically you have Aiden Bishop cursed to repeat the same day, waking every morning in the body of a different guest, until he solves the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle.
I had it in my head that ‘Seven Deaths’ would be a bordering on cosy mystery, with glittering jewels, sparkling champagne, fancy decor, gorgeous gowns, etc, and that the ‘body jumps’ would be a fun, amusing addition. Um, nope, that’s not this book. Several pages in and I was chilled to the bone, and that feeling of ominous dread never let up. It was a lot darker than I was expecting, and I relished every thrilling page. It’s a spooky, eerie tale, that included just about every gothic-horror element you could possibly dream up. Just to name a few, there’s a foreboding lake, secret passageways, flickering candles, creepy masks, stormy weather, damsels in distress, and deceptive, cunning villains. I would also class it as a haunted house story, as ‘Blackheath House’ is a remote, decaying, cold building, with a tragic, violent history, and the guests have a ghostlike quality to them. Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom though, there are lighter, comedy moments, but they are few and far in between.
Word of warning, you will find the plot very confusing at first, but don’t despair, stick with it, you will eventually get the hang of things. And as soon as you do, more confusion will follow. My head was spinning the whole time. There’s also a lot to keep track of, as well as a large cast of characters, so reading it is quite the commitment, but there is a handy list of players, as well as a map of the grounds at the front of the book. In the beginning I wasn’t even sure I was reading the right novel as it didn’t appear to resemble the book summary at all, luckily there were several characters with the surname ‘Hardcastle’ otherwise I would’ve been totally lost. I listened to the first four chapters in audio, and it did not work for me for some reason, I couldn’t follow it at all. So I switched to the kindle version, and re-read the chapters, and there were huge chunks I’d missed, even though I’d been listening really closely, so not sure why that was, but reading it was so much easiest to retain everything. I did read really slowly though, partly because I didn’t want to miss anything, but largely because I didn’t want the book to end.
Out of the 72 books I’ve read this year, this is my favourite, and with only a little over three months to go ‘The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ is going to be hard to beat. Stuart Turton, you are a true legend! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for penning such an incredible book. Hope you have another one up your sleeve... and soon...
Note: Also published under the title ‘The Seven and a ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’.
I just can't say enough good things about this book to do it justice. I felt on the edge of my seat and like I could see a movie being played in my head. Absolute perfection.