Book Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton *****

Book Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton *****

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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 her killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is desperate to stop him ever escaping Blackheath.

This blurb is misleading. So if you haven’t read it yet.. don’t. Here’s what you need to know: A man wakes up in a forest. He has no idea who he is or where he is. There’s only one thing on his mind, a name. “Anna”. Seconds later he’s chasing another man who’s chasing a woman. She’s screaming, a shot is fired, then nothing. Silence. It’s the start of a day that will become increasingly insane, the more it is repeated because yes, you’re now stuck in the loop that is Blackheath. But don’t worry, you’ll enjoy your stay.

I want to tell you all about this book but I’m not going to because I want you to discover it for yourself. I went in knowing almost nothing. There was a murder and a time-loop. That was all the information I had and it worked perfectly for me because I could figure everything out as I went along with the main-character.

There are so many little details, conversations, characters, questions and answers. You won’t figure it all out by yourself and that’s okay. I didn’t either. I solved some of the mysteries before they were explained but Blackheath is a bottomless pit of betrayal. It’s impossible to see it all coming.

And even if you’re a master at solving puzzles, this is not a fair game. You’ll figure that out soon enough. The odds are stacked against you. Maybe you’re not supposed to solve the mystery. Maybe you’re stuck here forever.

Needless to say, I loved this book. If you’re looking for something to drown yourself in, this is the one you want to pick up. It’s funny and sad, brutal and beautiful and I wish I could read it again for the first time, to discover it all over again.

Have fun!

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