Book Review: THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton

Title: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle 
Author: Stuart Turton 
Genre: Mystery 
Release Date: September 18th, 2018 

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.
For fans of Claire North and Kate Atkinson, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive novel that follows one man's race against time to find a killer―but an astonishing time-turning twist means that nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

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I can honestly say this book BLEW my mind! When I first started it, I went in completely blind, having known nothing about the book. My dad had read it previously before me and he was like you have to read this book. And when somebody I know recommends a book as highly as he did this one...I picked it up! 

And let me say, I was pleasantly surprised. I've read so many mysteries lately, that are all kind of the same but not this one. I loved the fresh outlook on this story. It's definitely something I could be seen made into a movie and it would be so much fun. This story is a lot like an Agatha Christie novel but with a twist. 

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hugo follows the story of eight people but one person. One person will have eight days to live inside eight different people to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. And no matter where you think the story is going to go or if you think you've got it all figured out, you don't. 

That was the beauty of the story to me. It kept me on my toes until the very last page. Several parts I was holding my breath and yelling at the characters. It's such a fun twist on a story like "Clue." I honestly couldn't guess the plot of this one or how things were going to unfold. I was definitely along for the ride. 

I do highly recommend this story if you love a good complex story that unfolds little by little. It's such a fun read. It had me laughing at some parts and just the shear brilliance of the author, and what he does throughout the book. 

Will definitely be reading more from this author. 

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STUART TURTON is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife. Stuart is not to be trusted-in the nicest possible way. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his first novel.

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