7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, The

Stuart Turton
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018 One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018 One of Marie Claire, Australia's 10 Books You Absolutely Have to Read in 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... The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.


Reviewed: 2021-05-25

A very novel locked room mystery. Lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. At some points the language was a bit denser than necessary which made some parts of the book feel like a slog, when what you wanted was the pace to be faster since you wanted to know what was happening next. All-in-all highly enjoyable and made me go and pick up the author's next book.

Reviewed: 2019-01-14
[4.5 stars]

Agatha Christie meets time travel meets thriller meets speculative fiction. Super compelling, though a little long. I had no idea where most of it was going until it unravelled at the end, which to me, is the sign of a good mystery. I wanted desperately to learn more about the world outside of Blackheath, but the few glimpses that I got were intriguing. The ending was satisfying-- and the plot itself so intricate and cleverly done I'm not surprised it took 3 years for the author to finish. On a purely aesthetic note, the front and back cover is gorgeous. Would recommend to those who like mystery, thrillers, and a little bit of the unexplainable.
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