ARC Review | The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleTitleThe 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Release Date: September 18, 2018

“‘Blackheath is intolerant of excuses,’ he says. ‘Nothing that’s happening here is inevitable, much as it may appear otherwise.’”

One of my reading goals for 2018 is to branch out into more Adult book, and I have to say The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was an excellent start! Aiden Bishop is trapped in a time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over again, unless he can solve the murder of the daughter of Blackheath estate’s host, Evelyn Hatcastle. Each day Aiden wakes in a new host, some more helpful than others, in his quest to break free of Blackheath’s grasps but there are more dangers than a single murder and revolutionary secrets are uncovered in this addicting and engaging debut.


Things I Liked 
I thought that this story was so well thought-out and planned. How the rules are revealed and come into play were perfect. And I loved the sense of fate and predetermination that was addressed because of the time loop.

The Hardcastle estate, Blackheath was the perfect eerie and atmospheric setting for the story and I loved how creepy and macabre it was.

I’m surprised how much I enjoyed seeing from the different hosts through the story. They each added something to the plot and Aiden as a character. Some of my favorites were ones I was expecting to hate.

Quotes

“Thank heavens for devious minds”

“Life doesn’t always leave you a choice in how you live it,” he said grimly. “Now, come on. We’ve a murder to attend.”


Things I Didn’t Like 
The book had a pretty slow start. For the first 60 or so pages I was bored and wasn’t really sure what was going on, but then we start learning the rules and what’s happening to Aiden and everything comes together.

I feel like Lady Hardcastle was a waste of page time. She wasn’t in the story all that much and was a weak misdirect at best. The mystery surrounding her was flat and uninteresting compared to everything else.


The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is one of those stories that is best if you go into with as little information as possible. And despite the slow start, the book hits a stride and never stops. I found myself more and more engaged with each piece of the mystery uncovered and I didn’t want to put it down.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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5 thoughts on “ARC Review | The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

  1. emmareadstoomuch says:

    i can’t believe how close this title is to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. (i also can’t believe i kind of want to read it based off that similarity alone??) great review!

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