The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle review

This novel is so full of twists and turns you’ll feel like you’re on a rollercoaster!

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is a murder mystery like no other. Set over 8 days, the book follows Aiden Bishop as he tries to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, with one catch – each morning he wakes up in a different body and must relive the day again and see it through a different persons eyes. Not only that, but there are other people who are trying to beat him to the answer and they are willing to go to any lengths in order to get there first. Whoever figures out this mystery is the winner. The prize? Their freedom.

Lottie holds The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle hardback edition in front of a bookshelf and plant.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle hardback edition (source: @ablogbylottie)

Evelyn will be killed 19 years to the day that her younger brother Thomas was murdered and as Aiden learns more about the Hardcastle’s and the events of the past the closer he comes to discovering the truth. The first day, he wakes up in Dr. Sebastian Bell’s body, without a clue as to where he is and what he is supposed to do and it’s only downhill from there. With each host comes a new set of complications not to mention the mysterious footman who seems intent on picking them off one by one.

When I read the blurb for this book I knew it was going to be a bit of me but it exceeded my expectations! Right from page one I was hooked! I’ve read so many thrillers and murder mysteries I can often predict where the story is going, but not with this one. Every time I thought I knew what was happening some new information comes to light that turns everything on its head. It kept me guessing right up to the end.

I’ve seen a lot of people describe this book as confusing and while there is a lot of different threads to follow I never felt like I was so confused that I wasn’t sure what was happening. I think it was mind boggling but in the best way possible. There are layers upon layers of reveals with the answer (or what seems to be an answer) on almost every page.

I enjoyed this book so much I am thoroughly looking forward to reading more of Stuart Turton’s work! If you’re not sure you can commit to a book over 500 pages, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is set to be adapted as a seven-part series for Netflix UK.

Have you read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle? What did you think of it?


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