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

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Agatha Christie

‘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…”

I can’t even imagine how difficult it must have been to plan out the plot of something like this, orchestrating the interactions between such a huge cast or characters when their actions are repeating, and some of them are the same man in different bodies. Bravo to Turton for writing such an intricate story. Unfortunately, while I loved the mystery and premise of this book, the execution didn’t meet my expectations. I found myself rereading sections as it was quite confusing. Aiden, our MC, woke up in different hosts and this alongside the time hopping aspects felt a bit overwhelming.

As the plot develops and we meet more of the characters, (some of which had very similar names so was difficult to keep track of) the mystery seems to get harder to solve. I would be surprised if anyone worked out what actually happened, which is great.

The ending was a bit crap. The while book is full of twists, turns and a lot of action but the ending, everything is wrapped up so neatly and is just unrealistic. After the revelation of who Anna really was, I  don’t understand how Aidan could forgive her so easily. Their whole relationship just annoyed me.

Overall, I gave this book a 3/5* rating. I’d recommend this book if you have the time to spend getting your head around it all.

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