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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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"Pop your favorite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop of Downton Abbey, a dash of Quantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling of Groundhog Day and you'll get this unique murder mystery." —Harper's Bazaar

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man's race to find a killer, with an astonishing time-turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he 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 at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked-room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.

International bestselling author Stuart Turton delivers inventive twists in a thriller of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

The Sunday Times Bestseller!

Costa First Novel Award Winner

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Data di uscita18 set 2018
ISBN9781492657972
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
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Stuart Turton

STUART TURTON is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the international bestseller The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Stuart is not to be trusted—in the nicest possible way.

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  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    Aiden Bishop has an impossible task: he must stop a murder that’s already happened. Impossible? Or . . . .Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder at her parents’ gala party will happen every day until Aiden can identify and stop the murderer. The same day repeats endlessly and each day Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. Can he can solve the murder and escape Blackheath House, a place where everything is not quite what it seems?Ingeniously plotted, with twists and turns that keep the suspense building and the tension high, the narrative weaves a web of intrigue, trapping readers along with the main character in this clever, yet nightmarish, situation. With a truly gothic setting and well-defined characters to populate it, readers are sure to find the intriguing puzzle and the unpredictable events combine to create a fully engaging, unputdownable tale. Highly recommended.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    I enjoyed this book, but did find all the characters hard to follow at times. I also felt it dragged on a little bit and seemed longer than it needed to be. However, I thought it was a unique take on the typical cozy mystery. I enjoyed each of the characters and trying to figure out what was going on. Lots of twists and turns. I definitely did not figure out all the different twists.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    The concept – the whole book – is extraordinary,A man wakes up in an unfamiliar body, with no idea who he is, where he is, what he has done or what he should be doing. He will learn that he has been sent to a house party to solve the mystery of the murder of a young woman – Evelyn Hardcastle – at exactly eleven o’clock that night.He has eight days, he will experience eight different lives; and if he fails to solve the murder by the eighth day he will be sent back to the first day to will start all over again, remembering nothing of those eight days. That cycle will continue, time and time again, until he presents the correct solution.I was drawn from the start by the voice and the confusion of the narrator. He woke in a forest early in the morning, he heard a shot and believed that there had been a murder that he might have prevented, and he really had no idea who he was, where he was, or how he might find his way out of the forest.All he knows is a name – Anna.A sinister figure – who he suspects is a murderer – directs him to the stately home set in the middle of the forest. He learns that he is a house guest there, that no one has any idea who Anna is, and his urgent request to investigate a murder in the woods are not taken seriously at all. All he can do is use his wits to work out who he is and what is going on; because even when he taken up to his room, even when he looks in the mirror, he has no idea who he is, what he has done or what he should be doing.He begins to find out a little about who he is, he learns a certain amount by listening to what is going on around him; but when he wakes up the next morning he finds that he is someone else entirely.Later that day he begins to learn about his position and his mission from the strange and mysterious figure who will be his guide – The Plague Doctor.As the days pass by he will try to complete that mission, but he doesn’t know who he can trust, who might be involved in the crime, and which other lives he might come to occupy; and he has no idea at all why he has fallen into such a nightmarish situation.He does knows that he must find Anna, and understand what connects the two of them.I thought that this book might sink under the weight of its complexity but it didn’t; and I had a wonderful time caught in the moment with the narrator and his many hosts.I loved the different perspectives, and though I didn’t make a significant effort to see if all of the pieces of this gloriously complex puzzle fitted together I can say the things that I spotted did; and that said puzzle and its the myriad overlapping and intertwining story-lines can only have been the work of a brilliantly inventive mind.They wouldn’t have worked if the characterisation hadn’t been so very well done. All of the hosts were complex, nuanced characters; and to make them live and breathe while maintaining the character and the story of the man who was occupying their bodies and their lives was a magnificent balancing act.The central story had the familiarity of a Golden Age mystery, but the puzzles were shiny and new. Why was the Hardcastle family throwing a party to commemorate the anniversary of the murder of their child ten years earlier, having invited all the people who were present that day back to the decrepit home they had abandoned years ago? What was the connection between the events that were playing out in the present and the events that had played out ten years earlier?That could have made a very good book on its own. It would have worked, because although the story is strange and fantastical, the human drama and emotions feel utterly real and its world is so utterly real that it is easy to step into it and be caught up in the story.The book is so full of unexpected twists and turns, and I had a wonderful time wandering through its pages, knowing that I had some idea of what was going on and waiting for revelations. Those revelations came tumbling out in the final chapters, some of them sticking and some of them being blown away by the wind that bought more answers.Does the ending live up to what came before? Not quite – but nearly – and I think it was the right ending.It left me with a head full of thought and ideas, it left we wondering if this strangely real and fantastical world was still spinning, and it made me want to go back to the beginning and make my way though its intricate paths, examining the evidence and admiring the structure and the decoration, all over again.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    Our narrator awakes in a forest, a woman's name on his lips, with absolutely no memory of who he is or how he got there. Moments later, he sees a woman fleeing a pursuer, then hears a shot. A compass is pressed into his hand and he is directed to a crumbling but grand old house, where some sort of house party is going on. As the story progresses, he learns that he will awaken each morning as a different character in the story, with his memories of what he learned in his previous host still intact. To escape, he must solve the mystery of who kills Evelyn Hardcastle (and no, Evelyn Hardcastle's death is not the one he thinks he witnessed that first morning). Two other characters are trying to solve the mystery -- one may be helping him, the other is almost certainly trying to kill him. Only one can escape at the end of the day.I really enjoyed this mystery, though I think listening to the audiobook may have been an error -- the narration is excellent, but I focus better on printed text, and I think I missed a few details through listening. If you're better at concentrating on audiobooks, I would certainly recommend this one. But either way, if you're intrigued by the concept, you should give this book a try. There's the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle, which has plenty of twists and turns in itself, but then there is the added mystery of what is happening to our main character and how events fit together through the day from the perspectives of his various hosts. Is he able to change the events of the day? Who is he, and why is he there? I figured out some things, while others came as complete surprises to me. A nice, complicated mystery.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    In case you’re as confused as I was, this is the same book as The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. An extra ½ death was added into the title for the US publication, for reasons I can only speculate. Perhaps the discrepancy is due to the similarity of another recently-published book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Regardless, that extra ½ death is just one more reason you may need an aspirin and a glass of wine after reading this book. Our main character is trapped on an estate with numerous guests all planning to attend a party that evening where a murder will happen at exactly 11pm. Our protagonist (giving away his name is almost a spoiler) inhabits 8 people, or “hosts”, during this one day in an attempt to solve the murder. Honestly, giving away any more information will inhibit your reading experience. Nothing is linear, time is relative, and the mystery is never straightforward.This book is “Quantum Leap” + Memento + “Sherlock”, a triumph of complexity. Like the author mentioned in the Q&A at the end of the book, there are fourteen things happening at 1:42 pm and you have to keep it all together. If you can’t, don’t worry. The author leads you through the muddle and you never get so lost that you’re floundering. A little confusion and some mental staggering only make the story more interesting. I couldn’t stay away from this book. Even though I may not have followed every detail in the mystery and despite being perplexed multiple times, I enjoyed this immensely. I looked forward to reading it every chance I could. It is a whirlwind of clues and twists and red herrings. Seldom do I read a book that captivates my attention from beginning to end. The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle had quite a strong grip on me, and kudos to the author for keeping everything straight.Many thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for the advance copy in exchange for my review.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    I was completely drawn in by the first impression excerpt I previously read, so I was delighted when I won the raffle for a free physical copy from BookishFirst. I love the instant action of the story, pulling me into the mystery and creating a wonderful Agatha-Christie-esque atmosphere. I thought I’d catch on, but the plot twists and interesting characters kept me spinning.It’s difficult to review the story because I don’t want to give away any clues, but will say that I’m not a mystery genre reader, but found this book mesmerizing. The excellent writing created a movie in my head. I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed in the present tense narration—something I’m usually not fond of.This book has a nostalgic feel with interesting characters and a satisfying unpredictable ending.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    A special thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, HarperCollins and Sourcebooks Landmark for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. "Nothing like a mask to reveal somebody's true nature."Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden Bishop—one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party—can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. 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...As far as any book goes, the concept is actually brilliant, especially for a debut. The book is smart, (mostly) well-executed, and clever. Here's where my glowing review ends. I was confused throughout and had to keep going back to reread parts which given the size of the book, was not ideal. It was unclear at times as to which body Aidan was in and at what times. There were also a lot of characters and it was challenging to keep them straight. Having a character change their identity eight times is a gamble for Turton and he almost pulls it off. Where he fails is that the reader questions how well they know and understand the characters—they are suspect because of all of the different identities inhabited. The premise, as mentioned, is fantastic. When you read the synopsis, there is definite intrigue, but actually reading it was a whole other matter. I was left disinterested around day six. There was some unnecessary bulk at this point in the storyline and hopefully this will be resolved in the published product. My final thought is that given the level of detail, the number of players, and the intricate plot, this should have been a series.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    Mind blowing and unputdownable, this is one of those mystery thrillers that will keep you up at night until you see how it ends! How do you stop a murder that’s already happened? The Hardcastle family is hosting a masquerade at their home, and their daughter Evelyn Hardcastle will die. She will die every day until Aiden Bishop is able identify her killer and break the cycle.But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up each day in a different body as one of the guests. 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. Honestly, the first couple of pages, I didn’t know where this book was going and whether I am going to enjoy it at all. But as you go through the chapters and get familiar with the story, you realise how clever this book is, and you enjoy it like you have never enjoyed any other book before. As a debut novel, Stuart Turton did an incredible job with this book. It starts slowly, and grows into a great story. We follow the main character Aiden through many bodies, day by day. The book is set into one place, one town, one house and its surroundings, and sometimes moves backwards and forwards in time. If you love mysteries and closed escape room books, you will enjoy this book so much! I have always admired Aiden. Even though all the bodies he was in tried to make him forget about who he really is, he would always fight so his character can flow on the surface! I loved the sacrifices he makes towards Anna, and their relationship. The ending, the last 30 pages are so smart, amazing and perfectly wrapped up that I couldn’t believe I never noticed those clues. I am giving it 4 stars, because, even though I really, really enjoyed it, it was extremely hard for me to follow the times and bodies, and I couldn’t get along with the stories and solve the mystery together with Aiden - I always felt like I was falling behind, that put me under stress. If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, please grab a copy as soon as you can. This is the escape room mystery that we have all been waiting for! I want to thank NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me an advanced reader e-copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    The rules of Blackheath are set in stone. Each day Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 PM. You have eight days and eight witnesses to the crime at your disposal. The only escape is to correctly identify the name of the killer. Failure to do so will result in a full memory wipe and starting the process all over again. Let the games begin!Aiden Bishop is trapped inside of Blackheath and in order to escape he must abide by the rules of his prison. He must work to identify Evelyn Hardcastles killer and break the repeat cycle he is trapped in. The case seems simple enough on the outside, but the further Bishop searches, the more he realizes that nothing is what it seems. To make matters worse it seems like he’s not alone in wanting to escape from this torture. Can Aiden Bishop discover Evelyn’s killer before his clock runs out and he must start again?Stuart Turton’s THE 7 ½ DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE is unlike any work of crime fiction I have recently read. The reader is instantly dropped into the game and must come to understand who they are, what is happening, and what this game is all about. Through a series of time hops and host hops, the pieces slowly start to fall into place. Early on the reader and Aiden seem to be sure of what is happening and who kills Evelyn, just to find out that there are many more buried secrets in the Blackheath estate than one could begin to imagine. This book has been compared to Agatha Christie’s work several times. At first I was hesitate to believe that anything could be some comparable to the Queen of mystery, but Turton deserves this praise. THE 7 ½ DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE is intricately detailed, all around confusing, and an absolute pleasure to read. I will say, reader be warned, this is a more difficult novel to find your footing in and it takes dedication to get through the first several section and truly find your reading groove. I found for me that this challenge was more than worth the reward.A special thank you to Sourcebooks for my free review copy!
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    This review is for The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I was given an ARC for my honest review.This was an intricate mind bender of a Who Dunnit. Think Clue plus Murder Mystery Night times eight and add in some impossible obstacles to make it that more fun or rather more of a psychological trip I would say.Aiden Bishop has to solve the murder of Evenly Hardcastle if he want's to escape Blackheath but certain situations aren't making it easy, especially when he wakes up in a different body everyday. Being hosted by bodies with their own personalities, moods and reputation, bodies with some kind of hurdle adverse to accomplishing his goal is just another day in the life of Aiden Bishop. Can a guy get a break?There were a lot of elements in this story that I was completely drawn in by. First of all, I'm a huge Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan and I enjoy a good mystery, so the combination of these genres coming together this way was quite fun and interesting to read. I thought it would be difficult to keep track of events and people but that wasn't the case. The slowness of the story helped a lot with that, being that it started out right into the thick of things I didn't even notice how much it slowed at first.The melding of plot and character driving the story was another plus for me. I more prefer character driven books but in this instance, it was both fun and annoyance. I really didn't like some of Aiden's hosts very much but they did add a lot to the plot which in the end is a good thing. And Aiden himself faltered for me at times, he didn't seem to have much if any emotional reaction to his own actions when they were obviously wrong or just stupid, I thought he was too single minded to notice where and when he messed up. Overall I thought this was a very creative and well thought out story with surprising twists and turns. I liked how all the elements came together and weaved such an intriguing read.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    This an intriguing and gripping book that I devoured in days, despite the hugeness of the hardback!I won't say too much about the plot as it's definitely best to go in not knowing a lot, but it's a murder mystery set in a big crumbling country house at some point in the 20th century (1920s? 1930s? It's not actually made clear). The person solving the crime wakes up in the body of a different houseguest each day over the course of a week or so (but always waking up on the same day - the day of the murder). I loved the concept, which reminds me a bit of the plot behind The Time Traveller’s Wife. The setting is brilliantly described, and the novel has a tense, brooding atmosphere throughout.My only issue with the book was the pacing - it sets off speedily enough, then slows down, then loads of information is thrown at you towards the drawn-out end. I raced through it regardless, but this might be off-putting for some, considering the novel is around 500 pages long.Still, I would definitely recommend this if you like a good mystery but want to read something a bit different.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    I'm not often surprised by the "twist" endings in mystery stories, but this one managed it, at least a little bit, and that counts for a lot in my book. I was still left with questions, but most of them regarding the world outside the constrained environs of Blackheath.

    There was a cruise ship mentioned. Can we go there next? Maybe with our rebellious "helper" as our protagonist? I think that could be loads of fun.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    A man ( Aiden Bishop ) wakes up in a wood and he doesn't know who he is, and he is not in his own body. He witnesses what he believes to be a murder.This book has been described as an Agatha Christie ( read them ), Cluedo ( love playing it ) and Groundhog Day ( never seen it ). I have to agree with this and felt that the whole idea was unique.I did start this book worrried that I wasn't going to find it easy. At first I was loving it. I got my head around the idea of Aiden living the same day over and over in different hosts to solve who killed Evelyn Hardcastle.The first half of the book was great, it all was coming together. Then the middle bit of the story became a little slow then when it picked up pace again it became very confusing. I felt the book was ambitious and needed to stay a little bit more simpler like the beginning. Towards the end I just lost the plot with it. Which for me was a shame because I was enjoying it.I would think for me to appreciate this book I needed to read it in bigger chunks, the book needs concentration and perhaps a reread, which I don't feel inclined to. A promising book which lost its way.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    Wow. This was absolutely AMAZING. I needed a whole day just to wrap my mind around it all, and I'm still SHOOK.I really don't want to give too much away with the summary, but here we go:Aiden Bishop wakes up with no memory, but a name on his lips: Anna. He is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again, and Evelyn Hardcastle will die over and over again. Aiden is trapped in this endless loop, and the only way to escape is to find out who murdered Evelyn. But how can you solve a murder that doesn't even look like one? And to make things worse, there's an enemy hidden in the shadows that is much more ruthless and incomprehensible. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was absolutely mind-blowing. Although the plot may sound similar to some other time loop days, this one was definitely very unique in one thing (mind the mild spoilers): [Aiden is forced to live the same day over and over again, but in a different host. And he has eight days to solve the mystery. The way time worked in this book was therefore so different from any other book I had ever read.] This entire story was absolutely mind-boggling from beginning to end, and I absolutely could not put the book down. There were definitely lots of characters within this story, but surprisingly I found that I was able to get a clear picture of what kind of person every character was. It made the setting much more realistic, and as a sort of mystery book, this set my brain into overdrive as I tried to figure out the story for myself. Which I did not, by the way. There was absolutely NO WAY to predict what was coming.The writing style was superb. It was delicate and elegant, but also intense and cryptic. The writing style reminded me a bit of books like Caraval or The Night Circus, and it made the book immersive and absolutely magical. (Not gonna lie - I had to force myself to pause reading halfway through because it was nighttime and I was slightly afraid and creeped out. But in a good way.)Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this to everyone. Seriously. Everyone. Stuart Turton has written a spectacular page-turner that will absolutely blow your mind.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    ‘’I’m a man in Purgatory, blind to the sins that chased me here.’’What would it be like if one day we found ourselves in an another body? What if this happened on a daily basis? Us changing the vessel but retaining most of the traits that make us who we are? What if by changing identities we could turn back the time and prevent an injustice, a horrible crime? This is the wonderful premise of this exquisite novel by Stuart Turton, one of the most unique books of the year.A man has the opportunity to stop the murder of a young woman, Evelyn Hardcastle. In full Groundhog Day mood, he is given eight days and eight identities in which he must find the one responsible for the crime, otherwise everything will become irreversible. So, during a gathering that commemorates a tragic incident in the Hardcastle estate, justice must prevail. However, the wrongs that must be made right reach beyond a single murder…‘’Nothing like a mask to reveal somebody’s true nature.’’The story is set in Britain, around the late 20s, early 30s from what I could gather and the thing that fascinated me most in this novel isn’t the mystery itself or the unusual background- although they are both brilliant- but the focus on human nature and its various and interminable implications. I can’t even imagine the Herculean task of creating eight different characters to become the vessels of one person, all with their own characteristics and mannerisms and resulting in such a successful and marvelously written story. I admit I was a little bit cautious prior to reading Turton’s book. I thought it would be too confusing or wordy but I couldn’t be more wrong. Obviously, I cannot write a single sentence about the plot but I swear a most solemn vow to you that you will find yourselves with your mouth open in shock for about 60% of the story. That’s how perfect this book is. So many twists, so many different, complicated, tiny pieces of an exciting puzzle. I promise you you won’t be bored or confused. And if you do get confused, it will be in the best way possible.‘’Now you see them as I do,’’ says the Plague Doctor, in a low voice. ‘’Actors in a play, doing the same thing night after night’’.There is seldom such a rich array of characters who are all interesting, secretive, twisted, kind, intelligent, manipulative. Think of any adjective in any language and it will apply perfectly to this perfect cast. As Aidan discovers clues -only to be left in the darkness soon after- so do we. As he meets the guests, as he gets the chance to live inside some of the characters, he gives us the opportunity to collect more evidence. We know nothing before he does and we obtain a much clearer picture of every person involved in the story. How many times can we claim this happens in a mystery? Not even in some of Christie’s finest creations, in my opinion. Personally speaking, the figure of the Plague Doctor was the king of the story. Such a creepy, intimidating, cryptic character that elevated the novel into a whole new level. He embodies the concept of the Mask perfectly since nothing is as it first appears. Everyone undergoes a major transformation and every expectation and belief is turned upside down right until the spectacular ending.I would love to tell you so much more- good, old, blabby me- but I can’t. You absolutely, utterly (...again with the adverbs, I know…) NEED to read The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It is a reading experience unlike anything we’ve seen and read before. I would like to end this text with a question taken from the Reading Group Guide, included in the book, which I feel captures the psychological weight and the very essence of the entire story.‘’If you know someone you loved had a devastating secret, would you choose to find out what it was or love them for who they’ve become? If you knew you did something terrible, would you want to remember or live with that shadow for the rest of your life?’’Many thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    “If this isn’t hell, the devil is surely taking notes.”Couldn’t have said it better myself. If, after reading the first few chapters, you find yourself feeling a bit discombobulated don’t worry. You’re in good company. Even the MC doesn’t know what the hell is going on. Imagine you’re playing a real life game of Clue. You wake up one day as Col. Mustard & find yourself sequestered in a decaying old manor full of strangers. All you’ve been told is tonight someone will murder Miss Scarlet & your job is to identify the killer. Oh, and you have 24 hours. Because if you fail, tomorrow the whole day will play out again in exactly the same sequence. Except this time you’ll be Prof. Plum. Fail again & you’ll relive the same day as Mr. Green. Now take this scenario & transfer it to Blackheath, home of the Hardcastles who’ve invited a throng of bickering, scheming guests for a special occasion. The plot & structure of the story is too complex to be reduced to a few sentences here. In this mash-up of Agatha Christie & Groundhog Day, the story centres around daughter Evelyn. And yes, she does die…a lot. Our narrator & MC is Aiden Bishop although it takes a while before he (and we) know his true identity. There is a deliberate lack of the kind of information that gives a story context such as date & location that leaves you feeling uneasy & slightly uncomfortable. This bonds the reader with Aiden as we both struggle to make sense of his predicament. But eventually the reality of his situation is revealed & it’s a doozy. HIs first task each day is to figure out who he is & then continue his investigation. Luckily, he retains his memories as he jumps from one character to the next. This enables him to slowly put together the pieces as he sees the same events through different eyes. But it’s complicated by a wealth of suspects. With few exceptions, these are despicable people who have cornered the market on lying, cheating, stealing & blackmail. They don’t even seem to like each other & it’s not ’til the end that we understand why they ended up here. This is not a lazy beach read. It’s a book that requires patience & attention to detail if you want to nail the killer. Hang in there, the payoff comes at the end when all is revealed & the true scope of the story takes shape.It’s a clever, ambitious mind bender of a story that will test your memory skills. Hats off to the author, I truly don’t know how he managed to keep it all straight & avoid errors in continuity (I can’t help but picture him writing this in a room wallpapered with spreadsheets connected by strings). Ingenious, tense, mystical & haunting…this is a book you’ll think about long after you’ve finished.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    Well. I hardly know where to start or how to review this novel. It's complex, exciting and a little bit mind-blowing.I also don't want to give anything away as to do so would spoil this book completely so I'm going to have to be quite careful here.We first meet Aiden Bishop at Blackheath, a faded country house. I don't remember if the year is mentioned at all but I would say late 1920s/early 1930s. There's a ball going on with a number of guests who have been there before. The cast of characters is quite large and each one is unlikeable in various degrees and utterly crucial to the story. In fact, more than one of them may be hosting Aiden as he hops from body to body, living the same day over and over, in an attempt to work out who kills Evelyn Hardcastle, daughter of the house, at the ball.I confess now, this is one of those books that I find absolutely fascinating, but that I don't wholly understand. The author must have spent ages plotting the whole thing and what I loved most of all about reading it were those moments of dawning realisation, those bits where Aiden set something up which made little sense, only for it to become clear why he did it when he's living the day again in another host. Just brilliant!The setting is perfect and wouldn't really work as well in any other time period. These were the heady days of big country house parties, faded grandeur, the spectre of war still hanging over it all. This is a traditional crime novel in many ways, but then totally turned on its head, put in a bag and shaken up!My one regret is that I read an e-copy of the book which made it a lot harder to skip back and try and put the clues together. But, despite this being a pretty big book at 528 pages, I raced through it. Just when I thought I was getting close to knowing who killed Evelyn, a curveball was thrown at me and there was another piece of the puzzle to slot into place. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is such a clever and cunning book. I can't imagine how the author ever managed to make it work but he certainly did. This is going to be a popular book (and possibly a Marmite one too). This reader was certainly thrilled by it.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    I don't want to spoil this, so I won't say much about this book. This was a complex and interesting murder mystery with an unusual approach. I liked the body-hopping protagonist even when it got a bit confusing, because there are so many people and names involved. You have to keep track of the protagonists hosts and also of the days he uses them while he investigates a murder that repeats itself every day. It's a bit like "Groundhog Day" but with a crime story instead of the humour.I had two small problems though. The first has to do with unnecessary lengths. Sometimes the story could use tighter editing to get to the core of things. The second is due to a lot of unanswered questions and a rushed ending - at least when it comes to Annas secrets. But overall it is a very good read and I would recommend it to readers who like interlaced plots.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    I have no idea how I feel about this book. If the amazing Agatha Christie mysteries had a love child with the movie Groundhog Day who was then raised by The Hunger Games (books of course) I think you would end up with the book. The mystery was just mind-blowing and spot on - one of the best mysteries I have read in a long while. The concept of how it was solved was mind-blowing and completely original. The world in which it took place was also mind-blowing and immensely thought provoking. But, as I read I found myself confused. A lot. I was also a bit bored through the middle. Then I felt a bit rushed at the end. And ultimately I was bummed that I didn't find out the conclusions or back stories for the main characters. So throughout the book I pinged back and forth through a 1 star rating all the way up to a five star rating. So where do I land? I'm just not sure. Were the flaws of this book mine? Did I miss a lot of detail and the natural rhythm of the story because I could only read it in short little bits? Maybe. Or where the flaws of the book the author's? I just don't know. I will say though - if you love a good twisty mystery with lots of red-herrings and plenty of misdirection - this is totally the book for you. I am thankful to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    PROS:
    The Mystery!
    The twist I didn't see coming (doesn't happen to me often)
    The concept of these prisons of living a day over and over again until you're rehabilitated or spend the rest of forever trapped there

    CONS:
    The narrator
    Slight fat-phobia

    I liked this book. But I definitely didn't LOVE it, despite wanting to. This book is the embodiment of "Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes" except the judging part still happened and was there the entire time, repeated to you endlessly. The narrator throughout the entire book was very...exhausting. Of course, the ordeal of a groundhog day situation and the fear of constantly being killed is an exhausting experience, but it was his personality that was exhausting to read on top of all of that stress.

    The narrator hated everyone he was in, unless they were young and strong. His strong disgust about being Ravencourt was so difficult for me to read because he was so consumed with the thoughts of how disgusting his fat body was instead of the plot. Instead of just casually commenting that moving up and down stairs was tiring or just being slow to move, there was this awful bath scene where he described "how disgustingly obese and how badly his fat body smelled." Then it was brought up multiple times! I understand going from a skinny, fit body to a not-so-skinny body is a huge difference, but to repeatedly call it disgusting and to be almost cripplingly EMBARASSED by it was unnecessary. Ravencourt ended up being his most successful host as well, like that was supposed to make everything better.

    This book was strange because it wanted to teach you that some people can change and others can't...But then commented that people can only change if they lose their memories and sense of self entirely, wiping the slate clean so to speak. The idea of this prison that holds truly awful people in Sisyphus-type situations in hopes of rehabilitation was VERY interesting to me. But I wanted more information on the prison itself. I wanted more of these "Plague Doctors" involved when they noticed that the rules were being bent. But because it wasn't explained, and because everything was rushed just when things were getting good, this cool concept was lost in the story. It felt like the book was trying to comment on something deeper but it's meaning was lost. Like, was this book commentary on nature vs nurture? Commenting that some people are ju