Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Evelyn Hardcastle 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. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

Quantum Leap meets Agatha Christie in the twisty crime novel with a side dollop of fantasy. For me the Crime element definitely took the upper hand for the majority of the story, with a good old fashioned ‘whodunit’ and many murders along the way. However the fantasy element of this novel cannot be denied , body swapping, shadowy gatekeepers and a house trapped in it’s own bubble with no escape for it residents, most of whom remain blissfully unaware of the fact all feature here as well.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this book but even so the beginning took me by surprise and it took me a couple of chapters before I was really sure what was going on.

Despite the fact that Aiden is named on the back of the book it’s not until quite far in that we actually learn his name and I reached the end of the book with out knowing much about him as a person at all.

A cleverly written story with lots of twists and turns, I enjoyed the detective employed to solve the murder of Evelyn. However for me the last couple of chapters felt rather abrupt with a lot of additional information suddenly thrown about and some rash feeling decisions taken that didn’t feel quite right.

Overall a book I enjoyed but didn’t love.


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