ARC Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

I readalong this book on IG with @ecstatic_yet_chaotic and @hiltonjenkin (both have an amazing accounts you need to follow if you aren’t already, especially if you love aesthetic pictures & amazing book recommendations!) 

I had been excited about this book ever since I read the blurb + the fact that Sophie Hannah endorses this beauty – was just icing on the cake for me! 

Me and my buddy readers decided to read 10 chapters a day – which is one of the main reasons that I believed was the main reason that tanked my opinion of the book to the rating I have given it – I think it would have been better if I had actually binge – read it one sitting (but then again, it’s a what if game and who knows!) 

The premise of the plot is definitely interesting – changing of bodies, living one day over and over again like Groundhog Day; all to solve one murder? Heck yeah; sign me up! 

Here’s where it get tricky though – the book is written in a way that it took me at least half of the book to orient myself to the different players in the group – and keep them straight in my mind – which meant, at times, I had to go back and forth to keep track who was whom and when (remember the 10 chapters a day rule for this buddy read *face palm*) 

Another thing (I wouldn’t classify it as an issue!) that I had was with the plotting style of the book – don’t get me wrong, it is an interesting concept definitely, but the execution style meant that the plot twists and revelations came either too slow (at the start and the middle) or too many, in fact the last 15 chapters of the book were a bombardment of revelations, one after the other (considering that the book had 60 chapters in total, the ratio ended up being a little iffy for me!). 

The climax and the big reveal therefore, ended up falling a bit flat for me – I was honestly expecting a brilliant jaw breaking climax, but what I got was a fabulous ending yet none of the thrills associated with a thriller / mystery! 

Maybe one day I will re – read this book, and realize this book was actually quite thrilling after all – but if you plan on binge – reading a book, might I suggest picking up The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – because I do believe that this would be a wonderful book to fall into when you don’t want to live in reality! 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 


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