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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Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 528
Publisher: Raven Books