The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Fascinating plot idea and great denouement. The narrative moves a little slowly at times, but how carefully this has been constructed. Would make a great film! This is a book I will definitely remember.
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This is a murder mystery story with a difference. Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered tonight unless it can be prevented by Aiden. The problem is Aiden is in the body of another guest and must try to solve the mystery or the day will start over again with him inside another host.
He does not remember everything he has discovered on the previous day nor does he know who he can trust. The mysterious Plague Doctor appears to be helping him as does Anna but can he believe what they say? A footman appears to want to prevent him discovering the murderer and to kill him in the process. Aiden is determined to win and escape his predicament. I enjoyed the book but confess I was at times a little...

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Fun fact: Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was the first ARC that Netgalley ever granted me permission to read. So thank you to Netgalley for starting me off on my book-reviewing journey and frankly making my life. Over the past seven or so months it has been so difficult to see this book on my Kindle and on my Netgalley shelf and having to force myself to wait until it closer approached its publishing date to finally have the chance to read it.
But I have to say, unlike so many books before it, Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was well worth all that time and anticipation I forced myself to suffer through. I mean, oh, my god, this book was sheer perfection. It was everything that I...

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This was one heck of a puzzle - a fine fine read. How on earth the author thought of this and managed to write it up so it made sense is beyond me. It’s the literary equivalent of a sudoku puzzle that you just can’t work out but this is a whole lot more fun trying to!

I have a headache now but it was totally worth it. It’s a genre unto its own. Mystery, sci fi, groundhog day, various POVs but in the mind of one person inhabiting several bodies....
Oh and then there’s the mystery of Evelyn herself who’s been murdered with her story from Paris...

There is something particularly chilling and mysterious about an old mansion house in the middle of nowhere and so remote you need an organised...

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The first thing that struck me was the very clever writing. Typically, when you are telling a story its either first or third person narrative, and usually the story focuses on one character or from that character's point of view. In this instance, we not only the first person narrative of one character, we have the additional narratives of multiple characters - yet all are, at various time, one and the same! And that is where this book is cleverly written.

Narrator Aiden Bishop awakens to find himself in the body of one of the guests at a private party. Sounds a bit like an episode of "Quantum Leap" - however, in this story, the scene is played over and over until the...

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What we have here is a fantastically twisted and incredibly complex murder mystery, kind of Agatha Christie meets Groundhog day with a touch of Cluedo. To say the story line is a work of genius is not an exaggeration.

A get-together at a rundown mansion for a celebration and to remember a terrible crime that took place 19 years earlier becomes a game of cat and mouse and a race against time to solve and maybe prevent a murder. It is difficult to write anything new in this review that hasn't been said before or that won't spoil the story.
My only criticism is that I felt the atmosphere suffered a little at times because of the extremely intricate plot and sometimes dense...

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This was such a weird book! Brilliant, sure, but weeeeeird.

Aiden Bishop wakes up in a body that is not his, with no memories at all, with the exception of a name. He will wake up on the same day every day, Groundhog Day-style, but in 8 different hosts – and he has to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle if he wants to escape that day and that place. But there are rules, and more than that, he is not the only one trying to solve the murder! He has to figure out what to do, how to do it and who can he trust. Also, each host has one day, and he can’t get himself killed or he can’t get back to that host. Basically, in this book, nothing is what it seems!

This was a really thrilling book...

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Okay, so how do I even review this book? The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was probably my most anticipated read this year. The moment I came across that blurb, I knew I needed to read this book. I'm a big fan of the whole Groundhog Day premise and I already talked about my love for Before I Fall on the blog. Happy Death Day was also one of my favorite films last year, so Seven Deaths was high on my list. And it was a murder mystery! What more could I ask for?

I admit it, as much as I ended up loving this book, my relationship with Seven Deaths didn't start off that well. I don't know if anyone else had the same issue with the Netgalley format, but my ebook file was a...

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Well. I hardly know where to start or how to review this novel. It's complex, exciting and a little bit mind-blowing.

I also don't want to give anything away as to do so would spoil this book completely so I'm going to have to be quite careful here.

We first meet Aiden Bishop at Blackheath, a faded country house. I don't remember if the year is mentioned at all but I would say late 1920s/early 1930s. There's a ball going on with a number of guests who have been there before. The cast of characters is quite large and each one is unlikeable in various degrees and utterly crucial to the story. In fact, more than one of them may be hosting Aiden as he hops from body...

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I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and effort must have gone into the writing of this novel! I’ve never read anything like it before and I hardly know how to begin to describe it. It has all the elements of a classic murder mystery – but there’s a clue in the title: the same murder happens not just once but seven times.

The novel opens with a man waking up in a forest with no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. He has the name ‘Anna’ in his mind, although he has no idea who Anna might be. Hearing a woman scream, he rushes to help but is stopped by a stranger who pushes a compass into his pocket and whispers ‘East’. Following these instructions, he finds his way out of...

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THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton is a masterpiece of subterfuge, mystery, and originality as we try to weave our way through the lies and deception that are taking place on an old country estate where nothing is what it seems.

Waking up on the forest floor screaming 'Anna' isn't usually the way Aiden Bishop wakes up but as he struggles to remember who he is and what on earth he is doing at this private party held by the Hardcastle family, it is only the beginning of this nightmare. For Aiden is bound here by some unstoppable force and he will wake up every day in the body of another guest until he can uncover who is responsible for the murder of Evelyn...

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I finished this book having realised fairly early on that I had approached what I was about to read from totally the wrong angle. This is one fiendish puzzle with complexities that are beyond devilish.

The premise of the book is seemingly one of a Golden Age mystery where our chief protagonist has to solve the puzzle of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. He has eight days to do so. So far so simple the clock is ticking and the clues are presented and you put them together and try to get there before he does. Oh, you are sadly mistaken if you think that is all there is to it!

The problem is far more complex in that our man inhabits different characters for each of these eight days and the same...

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“How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”

WOW!! I have just finished this book and…wow, again!

Imagine that Agatha Christie had had a child with Quantum Leap and Groundhog Day, who then grew up watching Black Mirror, Back to the Future and even Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and you might just start to get a handle on the uniquely complex mystery that is The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

First of all, MAJOR #coverlove: the black, red and gold look is gorgeous – very art deco – and with references to some of the key elements in the corners. (There is an interesting article about putting this beautiful cover together here.) Second of all: LOVE the floor plan...

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In this novel the main character, Aiden Bishop finds himself in a time loop of the 'Groundhog Day' variety. He is at a country house party for Evelyn Hardcastle who has just returned from Paris after a long period away. Set in the period between the wars (1920/30s) the guests include a mixture of titled nobility and socialites along with a supporting cast of valets, maids and household staff. Evelyn will be murdered at the party and Aiden finds himself occupying the bodies of a series of different guests and staff, viewing the events from their very different perspectives. In order to escape the recurring time loop, and the recurring death of Evelyn, he needs to work out how she...

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I requested The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle because I'd seen quite a few posts on Twitter about it over the last few months, mentioning the unusual and intriguing nature of the book. The description of Gosford Park meets Inception was the final hook.

I really, really got lost in the world of this book. In a nutshell, Aidan Bishop is compelled to live the same day over and over as different people until he solves the mystery of who murders Evelyn Hardcastle.

It's clever, it's fascinating and it's a seriously claustrophobic read. I dreamt several nights in a row that I was looking in the mirror and didn't recognise the face staring back at me - the story...

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

When Aiden Bishop comes to his senses, he is standing in a wood, wearing a dinner jacket splattered with mud and wine, and he has absolutely no idea who he is or where he is. All he knows is that he must save Anna, a girl he can hear running in panic through the trees. But this is the story of Evelyn Hardcastle. Tonight she will die and the night after that she will die again, and the one after that. Until Aiden Bishop can break the cycle. But on each of those days Aidan will inhabit the body of a different person, each a guest at a weekend party being held at the isolated and unhappy house of Blackheath. But somebody is determined that Aiden will...

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The 'Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle' is a unique take on an early twentieth century murder mystery. Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered during a party at her family's estate. Aiden has been tasked with solving the murder and he has been given a deadline of eight days. He is trapped in a loop however, in which each day is the same day repeated, Evelyn has not yet been murdered and Aiden's spirit is cycled through the bodies of eight guests staying at the manse. Even though the book is narrated from the point of view of the main character Aiden, we don't know too much about him as he begins this loop with acute loss of memory. Aiden must navigate the personalities...

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Sebastian Bell wakes in a wood, yells “Anna!” and swears he saw a woman shot before his eyes. Waiting, chasing, he hears a stranger approach behind him, slip a compass in his pocket and say “east.” Bell, who can remember nothing of his life before this moment, finds himself in Blackheath, a house isolated in a forest away from the nearest village, where a house party is being held to welcome home Evelyn Hardcastle, prodigal daughter.

And so we begin. While I usually hate comparisons that mix up other books, this is kind of a mixture of The Time Traveller’s Wife and Agatha Christie, but with an added touch of violence and nastiness not found in either. It’s all plot and a twisty, turny...

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I was hoping for a different read of this and I started it with hope, but alas, we did not sit well together,
There was nothing wrong with this book, it is inventive and different from what I have read recently, but it was not to my taste.
I did read this in a time where i was struggling to pick a book up and read, so that may have clouded my vision.
I always say that reading is subjective to the reader themselves, so if this sounds interesting to you, then for sure, give it a go!
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