The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton ~ Publication Day 9-18-18 @stu_turton @sourcebooks

Who Is Going to Kill Evelyn Hardcastle?

“Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day…quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, and altogether triumphant.” ? A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

There are three rules of Blackheath House:

1 Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.

2 There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.

3 We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.

Understood? Then let’s begin… Evelyn Hardcastle will die. She will die every day until Aiden Bishop 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. Some of his hosts are helpful, and others only operate on a need to know basis.

This is a very detailed and intricate story surrounding the death of Evelyn Hardcastle. I completely agree with many of the reviews on this one…if you love Agatha Christie with a Groundhog Day/Caraval kind of twist, you’ll love this book. If you try to map out the evens in the story in order to solve this murder mystery, you’ll only make yourself crazy. You won’t do it. Many have tried. All have failed.

This is a classic case of “nobody is who they seem” but Stuart Turton keeps you so involved in the story, you can’t wait to find out who is who! This was a good audio book for me because I feel like if I read it in paperback I would have given up. I had to rewind a lot and listen to certain parts several times but it was one of those books I was determined to finish as it has been on my list since release day! It was a very unique read and a change of pace. I’m very happy to be able to check it off my list!

This was Stuart Turton’s debut novel. His writing style is extremely unique and it’s obvious he is very talented. Even though at times it was challenging, that’s what made it fun to read! Sometimes not being able to figure it out is very exciting. I have no idea how he was able to weave together the events in this story as the characters kept going back and forth between bodies! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a challenge and has time to sit down uninterrupted!

Stuart is the author of a high-concept crime novel and lives in London with his amazing wife, and drinks lots of tea.

What else?

When he left university he went travelling for three months and stayed away for five years. Every time his parents asked when he’d be back he told them next week, and meant it.

Stuart is not to be trusted. In the nicest possible way.  

He’s got a degree in English and Philosophy, which makes him excellent at arguing and terrible at choosing degrees. Having trained for no particular career, he has dabbled in most of them. He stocked shelves in a Darwin bookshop, taught English in Shanghai, worked for a technology magazine in London, wrote travel articles in Dubai, and now he’s a freelance journalist. None of this was planned, he just kept getting lost on his way to other places.

He likes a chat. He likes books. He likes people who write books and people who read books. He doesn’t know how to write a biography, so should probably stop before we start talking about his dreams or something. It was lovely to meet you, though.

Stuart’s debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, was published in 2018 by Bloomsbury.

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