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Book Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Read this one as part of an online book club – I do love buddy reading, so adding in an extra bookclub read a month is such a treat! 🙂

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turon (aka The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in the US)

Genre: Mystery

BUG Rating: 4.5/5

Overall: When I first picked this book up, I immediately thought of the board game Clue(do), which was my FAVOURITE game! I find there is so little I can say about the plot without revealing too much. It’s a BRILLIANT ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery, like no other …

Aiden Bishop inhabits the bodies, and lives of a series of guests at the Blackheath event to unmask the killer of Evenlyn Hardcastle, reliving the day over and over until he has solved the puzzle. I have never read anything like this book, it’s completely original! The writing was amazing – I am really surprised it was a debut novel! The writing is so lyrical and I was instantly drawn in. The characters are so well fleshed out and have some real depth to them despite us not spending a huge amount of time with each of them. It was a fascinating storyline which took me on such a ride, and I did not see that end coming! If you love twisty murder mysteries and puzzles then this book is definitely for you!

Can’t you see, these masks we wear betray us. They reveal us.

Plot:

Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed… again.

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. 

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

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