The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Book Review

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Book Review

Title: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Published: September 4, 2018, Bloomsbury
No. of Pages: 432
Cover Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Are you an avid reader of murder mysteries and think you’ve probably read it all? Well, it’s fairly certain you haven’t read it all until you’ve read Stuart Turton’s The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, which is one of the most innovative and fascinating murder mysteries out there. Protagonist Aiden Bishop has eight days to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, and each day serves as “host” in another guest’s body seeing the murder through other eyes. Aiden’s only way to be released from the hell of seeing the murder through all of the different bodies is to solve the mystery. It’s kind of like Groundhog Day in a murder mystery, laced with Agatha Christie, and others to make for an extremely unique take on murder.

Although the book is captivating, the details can get a bit repetitive. However, new issues pop up as the novel progresses, making the reader (and Aiden) more aware of important details that may lead to solving the mystery. Each host has something new to offer, and the story unfolds in what would be atypical for a regular murder mystery. There is plenty of building suspense, as well as twists and turns, even though it is the same story told over and over.

The mystery is compelling, and so different, that suspense/thriller readers will be blown away. It is as far from the same-old same-old as it can be, and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a must-read for any thriller aficionado who is seeking something new. It will change the way readers look at the suspense/thriller genre.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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