How many times can one person die? And how many days it will take to solve the murder? I don’t know if you will love this book, or not but I can promise you one thing: you’ve never read anything like this before! The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is a superbly original crime story lingering into fantasy genre and it’s a must-read.
This was a mind-blowing, unstoppable read for me. Imagine Agatha Christie decided to write fantasy… I devoured some-500 pages in a day!
It will be so difficult to explain this book but I will try my best.
The story is set in a stately home – although once grand, the house is neglected after a tragedy the owners suffered in the past. Everyone -friends & family are summoned to Blackheath to celebrate the return of Evelyn Hardcastle, the daughter of the family, from Paris.
Evelyn will be murdered. But how? and more importantly, by who?
Our protagonist, is set to solve that. But we also don’t know who our protagonist is. The only thing we discover shortly after starting the story is that he’s set to live the same day in different bodies; again and again, until he finds out who kills Evelyn.
There are so many characters in this book and there are excellently portrayed. I was amazed actually, as this is a debut and admired Stuart Turton for writing such a complex, layered story. It is also beautifully written.
This was SO CLOSE to be an all-time favourite, five star read for me.
Unfortunately, I was left frustrated by some elements in the ending. Still a 4 star read!!!
I cannot say more, as it will spoil your joy of reading this wonderful book.
I loved this book and would definitely read more from the same author. Please Mr Turton, write more, write quick!
If you liked this you’ll like The Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (although I wasn’t a fan of it, somehow resembled this book to me) and The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers (or vice versa)
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.