If this isn’t hell, the devil is surely taking notes.the seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
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. For fans of Claire North, and Kate Atkinson, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man’s race against time to find a killer, with an astonishing time-turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem. This inventive debut twists together a thriller of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.
Oh. My. Goodness. WHAT WAS THIS? Seriously, how did Stuart Turton manage to write this? How can someone come up with an idea like this? Or better yet how can someone so flawlessly execute an idea like this?! I take my hat off to you Sir, because this was insane.
We start this story already completely drowned in mysteries. There are clues being thrown at us left and right and as any good murder mystery the reader has access to all of them just like the main character so maybe you will be able to solve all this before the end of the story. I am absolutely obsessed with the idea of time travel and in this book the main character basically keeps reliving the same day until he is able to solve a murder. But Turton adds an even bigger twist to it by making this character wake up in the body of a different host every time the day restarts.
Now, remember what I said about the execution? Absolutely flawless. I mean, in any other circumstance I would feel completely lost. There are literally so many characters and so many plot twists, and added to all that a body hopping, time-travelling story….it’s literally the recipe for a big disaster. And yet it wasn’t. The book is absolutely unputdownable. The writing style is so simple and yet so rich which just added to the whole experience. I read this in the month of halloween and honestly it was such a great decision because this story is absolutely atmospheric. I mean an old manor in the middle of a creepy forest…perfection.
I really can’t say much more about this because you HAVE to dive into this story completely blind, for real. Don’t go looking for spoilers and instead appreciate this masterpiece of writing that Turton delivered for us wrapped nicely in a little bow. Just have a painkiller close by since you may get a headache from all these twists and turns. But do yourselves a favor and read this book. You won’t regret it.