Book Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

What’s it about?

‘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…

My thoughts

I’m really behind with my book reviews but I totally jumped on the hype band wagon with this one so had to get my thoughts down as soon as I’d finished this book.  I’m usually wary of books that are extremely popular and everyone is screaming about, but readers, this one is so worth it.

Following on from the blurb, think of a country estate murder mystery, throw in some Groundhog Day, an element of The Time Traveller’s Wife and some classic Agatha Christie and you have something like this book.  It’s so unbelievably clever and well plotted, I can’t imagine the planning that would have to go into a sophisticated plot like this.

With the jumping around of hosts and days it can be tricky to keep track and it was suggested to me that I keep a note of the days, and the hosts for that day, which I did, and I’m not going to lie, I’m not entirely sure that I understood and followed every little bit of what was going on so don’t go in expecting an easy read, you really will need to have your wits about you.  I tried to keep up with what each host was discovering but there was just no way I could keep track so really appreciated the plot reminders throughout.

It’s different to anything I’ve ever read before.  I don’t usually like magical realism, and I’m not even sure that this book fits that genre, but I thought it was great.  As I was reading I was thinking I hope this and that gets explained and I’m not left hanging with unanswered questions about the hows, whys and wheres but I was very happy with the conclusion!  Would never have guessed it in a million years!

An exciting, offbeat read – a huge 5* from me! 🙂

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Small print for info
Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 528
Publisher: Raven Books

16 Comments

  1. 10th April 2018 / 9:20 pm

    Hooray! Really glad you liked it even with its sci-fi/fantasy elements 🙂
    I read an interview with the author in which he said many diagrams were involved in the plotting – I can only imagine he had a whole wall with charts and red string connecting vital characters/moments!

  2. Lindsay | Bookboodle
    11th April 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Well yeah, a bit like the mind map that gets created on the wall in the novel…I think it was either by Rashton or Gold towards the end 😉

  3. RaisieBay
    14th April 2018 / 11:49 am

    It’s sounds like my type of book, I think I could get into this I’m really intrigued now. *pops off to Amazon*
    #TotT

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      15th April 2018 / 4:43 pm

      It was a 5* read for me and I don’t give those out lightly! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

  4. 14th April 2018 / 2:34 pm

    The Sci Fi elements of this really intrigue me but then the murder mystery elements put me off. I just can’t decide at all if it’s one I want to read! Torn! #ToTT

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      15th April 2018 / 4:44 pm

      mmmm I see your problem – maybe get a copy from the library and then at least if it’s not for you, you haven’t wasted your money 🙂

  5. 14th April 2018 / 5:00 pm

    I’m not sure it sounds like my kind of read, but if you gave it 5 stars then it must have some great qualities. I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, so maybe I would like it. I’m glad you loved it.
    Amanda #ToTT

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      15th April 2018 / 4:49 pm

      It is a tricky one as the majority of it is quite complex so not the best read for late at night etc when you need to concentrate on little clues.
      Thanks for your visit x

  6. 15th April 2018 / 1:47 am

    I have to get this . A country estate murder with time travel/ different body elements? Sounds awesome. Nice that the ending was good too. I think this one sounds great.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      15th April 2018 / 4:46 pm

      It really is and I highly recommend 🙂

  7. 15th April 2018 / 2:12 am

    Wonderful review! I definitely can’t wait to pick this one up. It sounds truly fantastic.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      15th April 2018 / 4:47 pm

      Not too much longer for you! 🙂

  8. 15th April 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I’ve seen mixed feelings on social media for this one Lindsay. It totally sounds like something for me 🙂 I love it when you get excited about a story 😀

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      15th April 2018 / 4:47 pm

      I think you’d really like this one too Shaz! 🙂

  9. 15th April 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Lately I’ve been trying genres I don’t usually read, like Sci-fi. So after reading your review, I think I should pick this one. I’m really curious about it.

  10. Lindsay | Bookboodle
    15th April 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Me too! This isn’t what I thought it would be and it paid off.
    Thanks for your visit 🙂

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