The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
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…
Wow. I would love to sit down with Stuart Turton and pick his brain. I am in awe of anyone who is able to write such a detailed and layered story and still have it make sense.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is my kind of mystery. I love that it is set at a spooky manor, it is extremely atmospheric, and it reads like a traditional whodunit with a twist. I am a HUGE fan of magical realism and I thought that way that it was integrated into this mystery was compelling. I will say that, because the main character jumps from one body to another, the timeline can be confusing. There are also a large number of characters that can be difficult to keep track of at times.
I had so many theories and I never knew what was going on, but I love every single second of it. At one point in time I suspected every single character!
I was not expecting this book to raise so many ethical and moral questions, but it really did. I often asked myself what I would do in certain situations, particularly at the end. I love when a book leaves you with something to contemplate- not something I often find in thrillers/mysteries.
It is funny because I have been avoiding picking up The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle because it has the “groundhog day” trope where the same day repeats over and over again. Historically, this has been a trope that absolutely bores me, but it was thrilling in this novel. I think that is because our main character wakes up in a new body every single day, so we see the day through a different lens.
Yes, for the right reader. I have seen mixed reviews for this one and I get it! If you like mysteries that are a slow-burn with a lot of characters then I am confident you will love this one.