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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – ARC Review

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleThe 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

I leave you with the Goodreads synopsis because I couldn’t describe this book better
The Rules of Blackheath

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…

***

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

I was fascinated by the premise of this book. And curious to see if it worked. It most certainly did!
Hooked from the very first page I didn’t want to put it down. There is always a new mystery around the corner and many questions yet to answer.

But I didn’t only fall in love with the intricately woven mystery/plot but with all the characters as well. And there are many of them!
All are very distinct, have their unique way of thinking and tackling problems which became all the more clear because we get to experience eight of them from first person POV.

You can tell that the author Stuart Turton was inspired by Agatha Christie. Similar to her ruthless way of describing characters, Stuart Turton gives all his characters vices and virtues, makes them unlikeable and flawed, which only made me appreciate them more. Especially later in the book the lines between Aiden and his host get blurred and we get glimpses into the live and the past of his host. I loved that. Even though we got to see some flaws that aren’t even flaws anymore but way worse. But also some hopeful little tidbits.
(Two of his hosts were my favorite (both more in the middle) but they were all useful in their own way and more or less dear to my heart).
But this book also shows that the flaws and unique limitations can be used or rather that you have to work with what you got, use your strengths and not mourn the limitations.

A book like this with time travel-ish elements, where the impossible is possible and to make that understandable is really hard to pull of but mesmerizing when it works.

The writing style was brilliant, not only quite beautiful but easily understandable with distinct voices for each of the characters while still retaining an underlying similarity that ties them all together.

The world and rules of Blackheath are intriguing and fascinating and the perfect ground for the themes of this book: revenge and justice, trust and betrayal, punishment and redemption.

If you like a mystery, flawed and unique characters, intricately woven plotlines and a book to keep you reading all night this is for you.
It will certainly stay with me for a while!

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8 thoughts on “The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – ARC Review

  1. Ooh I am SO intrigued! I’d like vaguely heard of this title around the blogosphere but not yet read a review, but least to say this sounds amazing. I love mysteries!! And the magical/paranormal element sounds like an incredible twist!

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  2. Thanks. And yes, I really liked that she actually played a role, too.
    The way the characters were described was probably my favorite thing although I also really liked the ending. But all the characters with their faults and vices and their different way of handling problems.. loved that! 🧡

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  3. Thanks!
    Yeah, expectations play probably a big role. I’m sorry you both didn’t enjoy it.
    I actually didn’t think I would like it that much so I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning was a tad slow but I loved the way he described the characters as that really reminded me of Agatha Christie. I love her books so much!

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  4. It’s really interesting to read your perspective of this book, great review! My friend and I buddy read it in release week and I didn’t enjoy it and she DNF’d it. I’m yet to see any less than four-star reviews. We’re both keen Agatha Christie fans – I wonder if we were expecting too much?

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