My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Expected Publication: September 18th!
Ok first of all, let’s just get this business about the title out of the way. Some versions of this book are published as “The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” and some are published as “The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.”. For the longest time I thought they were two books in a series but they are, in fact, the same book.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into the review. I cannot even begin to describe the plot of this book without giving things away, so in this case, I will use the publisher’s description:
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…
At first blush, this book was a combination of Clue and Groundhog’s Day. It’s definitely a whodunit type of book, but with some very sinister twists.
I was so impressed with Stuart Turton’s ability to keep the book straight. There were so many intertwining story lines and characters that it would be quite easy to thoroughly confuse the reader. But, he built the characters so well and summarized enough periodically throughout that I was able to keep up and not get lost.
That being said, before you pick up this book, make sure you don’t have any other pressing engagements because once you pick it up, you won’t put it down. Being at 400+ pages, it’s not a quick read (and it does require some brain power and thought). Once I found myself committed to finding out the truth, I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading. I was hooked.
The ending was surprising and satisfactory. I definitely did not see some of the twists coming. This is definitely not your run of the mill, standard, mystery/thriller with the same old story and plot. This was something completely unique and I very much enjoyed the change.
-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Stuart Turton, and Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity to review.-