Author : Stuart Turton
Title : The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Pages : 512
Publisher : Raven Books
Publication date : February 8, 2018
How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
Bloody hell. I have no idea how I’m supposed to review this!
At its base, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a murder mystery set in a mansion. However, Evelyn Hardcastle will die again and again, until her murder is solved. Her final day keeps repeating itself and it’s up to Aiden Bishop to find the clues that will save her. However, Aiden starts each day in someone else’s body! I mean, what now?!
While I was reading this, I dubbed it “Agatha Christie on crack” and I’m totally sticking with that. It left me confused, intrigued, made my head hurt in the best way possible and I loved every minute of it! There are twists and turns, reveals that just blew me away and a whole lot of weird stuff. I had an incredibly hard time putting this book down.
At more than 500 pages, this isn’t exactly a quickie so you may need to carve out some serious reading time if you want to truly get stuck into it. There’s very little I can say without giving anything away but suffice to say this story is utterly engrossing and addictive, making your head spin faster than the tallest rollercoaster ride. I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking about it, trying to figure things out and failing miserably.
Fabulously original, brilliantly written and utterly genius, this wicked and deliciously weird tale has shot its way straight onto my top list of books of the year. Yes, I’m aware it’s only February but it’s going to take something insanely special to top this one for me. Highly, highly recommended!