The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Stuart Turton’s debut mystery is brilliantly original and totally mind-boggling, like Groundhog Day by way of Agatha Christie, with shades of Jonathan Creek. It’s utterly unique and an absolute delight to read – and it’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to unlock the secrets of Blackheath.
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Now this is an interesting concept - billed as being of a similar genre to an Agatha Christie novel or of the film Gosford Park I was instantly hooked and wanted to read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle but actually this is only similar in that it is set in the 1920s and involves a murder. It is more of a sci-fi thriller set in the past and nothing that Agatha Christie would have dreamt up!


What I hadn't realised until I started the book is that the victim, Evelyn Hardcastle, is going to be murdered in exactly the same way until Aiden (our narrator) discovers 'whodunnit' and why. The major twist in the tale is that he isn't solving the murder as himself because...

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.



The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the debut novel by Stuart Turton. I had been seeing fabulous reviews for this book all across social media, and was lucky enough to snag a copy via NetGalley. I had heard it pitched as ‘Groundhogs Day’ meets ‘Gosford Park’ and I was immediately sold. Not knowing much else about the book, I dove straight in.

How can you possibly review a book like The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle? This is one of the weirdest and most original books I’ve read in a long time, and it’s so hard to talk about without spoilers. It’s incredibly atmospheric, a bit spooky...

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Creepy but good. Really, really good. Interested to see what the author writes next! Thanks to the publisher for the review copy!
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Any book that mixes crime, history and fantasy elements is going to get read by me! This book was instantly intriguing and grabbed me right from the start. The book starts frantically with the main character unable to remember anything about themselves, all they know is that they heard a girl getting attacked and possibly murdered. They stumble upon a derelict but grand manor house and the occupants are not surprised to see them there. Not only do they seem to be aware of the girl's fate but they seem to be insinuating that the protagonist is somehow involved. I didn't want to put the book down!
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This was a review copy provided to me by Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest and fair review.

It is always a delight to chance upon a story in which you can loose yourself and, while lost within its pages, time simply drifts away from you.

This novel, the debut from Stuart Turton, is just such a read.

I have, on several recent occasions, been asked for suggestions of new books that provide great entertainment and are satisfying reads and this title has loomed large in my recomendations. The thing is, I find myself a little perturbed as to how best to describe it, such is the novel’s fresh, and possibly unique, style.

Taking place midway between the two world wars and set on a large...

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Absolutely adored this book, I was completely taken by surprise by all the twists and turns.
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I'm really behind with my book reviews but I totally jumped on the hype band wagon with this one so had to get my thoughts down as soon as I'd finished this book.  I'm usually wary of books that are extremely popular and everyone is screaming about, but readers, this one is so worth it.

Following on from the blurb, think of a country estate murder mystery, throw in some Groundhog Day, an element of The Time Traveller's Wife and some classic Agatha Christie and you have something like this book.  It's so unbelievably clever and well plotted, I can't imagine the planning that would have to go into a sophisticated plot like this.

With the jumping around of hosts...

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As many reviewers have already said, this is a high-concept mindbending murder mystery story with a Golden Age country house setting in which Aiden Bishop has eight days to work out who murdered Evelyn Hardcastle, waking up in the body of a different character to repeat the day from another viewpoint. I expect crime and mystery novels to be very focused on plotting, but I definitely under-estimated how complex this particular book was going to be – the Cluedo and Agatha Christie aspects I can get on board with, Inception-style time loops not so much. I think I just about managed to keep track of all of the characters (it’s not an easy book to read on a Kindle). However, I didn’t really...

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An ingenious, head-spinning take on the golden age of crime murder mystery. Set in the twenties, Lord and Lady Hardcastle are hosting a masquerade at their country estate, Blackheath House, to mark the return of their daughter Evelyn and the date on which it is to be held is highly significant - marking 19 years since a terrible family tragedy. At this ball, Evelyn is to be murdered - in fact, she has died many times already. Stuck in a hideous Groundhog Day loop, Evelyn is destined to die again and again unless our narrator Aiden Bishop, can identify the murderer.. Every day he wakes up inhabiting the body of one of the other characters (there's a really useful list of characters and...

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Unlike the rest of the blogging universe, I was completely underwhelmed by this book. I feel bad because Stu seems like a lovely chap! I didn't empathise or connect with any of the characters, simply because there was so much effort to keep the momentum of cleverness that they were paper thin in their depiction. It was a clever plot, but at times I felt the reader was being left behind in the wake of the urge for even more trickery. The ending was bizarre too....
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I was so looking forward to reading this, I just loved the premise of the story. But unfortunately by about half way I was wishing it was over. I was losing track of the characters, the hosts, who was related to who, I didn't feel particularly attached to any of the characters. If it was about half as long, and not so many 'hosts' involved, I would have enjoyed it more.
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I wrote so many notes while reading this book yet I’m writing this review without them, as I'm not sure they make much sense. I finished The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle with an aching head and a sense of relief, as if I'd completed a mental marathon. I read this alongside three other people and I'm so glad that I did (or rather, we did), as we had so much, possibly too much, to discuss along the way.

Evelyn Hardcastle dies at Blackheath House during a party. Not just once, but seven times, and will then do so again and again - unless Aiden can solve her murder and discover the culprit, allowing him to escape Blackheath House and his 'Groundhog Day' cycle. As...

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I really enjoyed this book, the traditional crime narrative with an entirely new twist. Throughout the story I was kept guessing not only on the identity of the killer but on so many other points as well, such as why was this happening and who was our protagonist really? The conclusion was satisfying and definitely unexpected, thoroughly recommended.
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A very clever, intriguing plot that sees Aiden Bishop wake up as different people each day in a nightmare house party where a murder occurs disguised as a suicide.  The main thing to get to grips with is that nothing is what it seems, no one can be trusted and there is only one way out - which seems fairly impossible.  This is a great read for those who like puzzle solving mixed with a sprinkle of fantasy and a coutry house murder mystery.  I was intrigued and enjoyed experiencing the different hosts but I did get a bit lost in the middle, who? what? where? how?  Its good fun though, very original and a conclusion that twists, turns but satisfies. One that everyone will be talking about.
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Firstly, I must congratulated Mr. Stuart Turton on the expert level of complexity of this novel! I don't think I've ever read such a tightly woven yarn full of mystery and deception. Bravo! There is so much detail to keep straight as each morsel of information is revisited from different angles numerous times. Halfway through the book I felt I should be keeping notes but abandoned that notion deciding, instead, to relax and enjoy the ride. It proved the wisest course and made me appreciate the cleverness of his feat to the fullest.

I feel overwhelmed at the thought of reviewing The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It really is a master stroke in that the time and place create...

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THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE is one of the most creative, twisty and complex books I've ever read! This is a challenging book that is ultimately very rewarding. I had no idea where the plot was going and the story kept me hooked until the very end.
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Aiden Bishop wakes up in the body of somebody else and the only thing he knows is the name of a woman, Anna, but he has no idea who she is. He finds himself in Blackheath, where everyone seems to know him and slowly he discovers that that day will be repeated eight times and every time Aiden will wake up in someone else’s body until he figures out who kills Evelyn Hardcastle at the ball that night, but it won’t be easy because there are other hosts like him who are trying to find out the killer.

I think that the concept of the book is brilliant and I loved the many surprises and complications in which Aiden occurred every few pages, but for some reason I couldn’t really get into the story...

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This is a high concept novel.  Combining the Agatha Christiesque country house murder with a science fiction plot in which characters inhabit others and relive the same day, the book is very complex.  On many levels it works but on many others it does not.  I stopped caring about the characters fairly early on and, whilst admiring the imagination of the writer, I felt a little lost at times.
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Intriguing and cleverly written. Would not have a problem recommending this .
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