The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle: A Novel by Stuart TurtonThe Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle: A Novel by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle: A Novel

byStuart Turton

Paperback | September 18, 2018

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A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.'

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...

Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist, born in the United Kingdom. He holds degrees in English and Philosophy. His career has included working in a bookshop, teaching English in Shanghai, working for a technology magazine in London, and writing various travel articles. He is the author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle....
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Title:The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:September 18, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Mirror and Agatha Christie! Holy smokes - this book is bonkers, but in the best way. It’s like if you put an Agatha Christie mystery and an episode of Black Mirror into a blender - out would come this fantastic story. Turton has created quite the gem. The writing in this book is brilliant, complex and incredibly detailed. It hurt my brain trying to keep all of the threads straight as the mystery slowly unravelled. So my brain may be broken, but it was worth it. Right from the first page the narrative threw me off, leaving me unbalanced and uneasy. And that continued throughout the story as the protagonist struggled through his investigation. I felt as in the dark as he was, trying to put all the clues together. It’s fair to say that this made me emotionally invested in the outcome rather quickly. And then there’s the ending. Oh boy, it just screams Black Mirror and I loved it. It left me with a tonne of questions; I find myself still thinking about it days after finishing the book. I definitely recommend you give it a whirl.
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from If a game of Clue were a book While I struggled to get into this I did enjoy it after all, just a slower start to catch on to but it really felt like a game of Clue I was reading
Date published: 2019-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twisty, turny mystery well worth the read It's been a very long time since a mystery has stumped me, and this one had me working hard the whole way through. Just when you think you've got everything figured out, a new twist gets thrown in. A very inventive story with a huge cast of characters that all seem real with their hopes and desires. For a debut novel, this is awesome! I look forward to what the author does next!
Date published: 2019-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and original This is one of the most original books I have ever read. It was unique in plot, character development, and outcomes. So much fun ti read!
Date published: 2018-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well written but SLOW It's not the book, it's me. :) This was written incredibly well so I am giving it 3.5 stars for that, it was just so long and detailed of a whodunnit that by midway I wasn't sure I would finish. If you like Agatha Christie, that's the style, just amped up about a thousand times. The words are beautiful and often gave me pause for thought, but it's not my genre. I was interested but not riveted. I have to give the author credit for the unique idea of waking up in another's body each day to view the circumstances from every angle.
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANTLY Done! This is possibly the most unique, clever, tantalizing read of my entire year. I could not even begin to classify this book into a specific category, as it is like nothing else I've read. Admittedly, it took me a couple of chapters to fully grasp what was happening in the story, but the minute it clicked, I was hooked. I loved that the story moves this mysterious character through 8 different host bodies, as he tries to work out who murders Evelyn Hardcastle, and tries to save her life. I have no idea at all how Stuart Turton managed to keep all the strings of this story straight enough to twist them into this plot, but I am beyond impressed. Chapter after chapter as little tidbits were revealed and I could connect them back to previous host bodies, I would get more and more excited. I loved this story - this was like a murder mystery party brought to life. I was hooked on every word, and I could barely set this book down. It is amazing, and I had no way to guess the twists until they fell into my lap. I loved, loved, loved this book. If you are a reader who likes a character drama, a mystery and a suspense, or a reader who is looking for something VERY unique, this is absolutely the book for you!
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cunning twists and turns This book delivers a brain-bending, mind-blowing, high-stakes story that blows all expectations of the murder mystery genre out of the water. The reader is intentionally left just as ignorant of the dark history surrounding Blackheath and its inhabitants as protagonist Aiden is, which builds an unshakeable layer of suspense that gets punctuated with shocking revelations as he attempts to uncover the truth about who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. As he moves from host to host, reliving a horror-filled day with just a little bit more knowledge each time, it brings to mind movies like "Groundhog Day," though Sandra Bullock's "Premonition" would more accurately capture the feel of the book. This is definitely one to read at a steady pace, there are a lot of moving pieces to keep track of, though the author is good about dropping small recaps and reminders in naturally, especially when the day "resets" for Aiden. If you like the looped time aspect of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or the "meeting in the wrong order" timelines of Doctor Who/Riversong, this book will definitely have something for you, and mystery fans will love the unpredictability of the big reveals. Desperation eeks from every page as the clock counts down to Evelyn Hardcastle's death - again and again and again.
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New type of Mystery A delightful mix of Groundhog Day and an early 1900s murder mystery - this is high concept and won't be for everyone - but it is an interesting read nonetheless. I look forward to whatever Turton creates next!
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complex and Unique, I really liked it I really enjoyed the complexity of the narrative in this novel. I’ll be honest, about half way through I was beginning to get confused, it seemed the story was going to be wrapped up but I was not more than half way done. That being said, by the end I was still left feeling like there should be more, I wanted the story to keep going therefore I consider the story a success. If you don’t like complicated plots and get lost easily in different characters with different viewpoints you might not like this book. I would highly recommend it, it’s not like anything else you will read right now. It’s filled with mystery, murder, relationships and trust. Give it a try!
Date published: 2018-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-Blowing, Jaw Dropping Murder Mystery! ***Spoiler alert *** ***4.75 stars*** "Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out." This is a mind-blowing and jaw-dropping murder mystery that echoes the vibes of Agatha Christie and Groundhog Day! Yes, this mystery throws you a time loop curveball! Aiden Bishop wakes up in Blackheath without remembering anything. He soon discovers that he is trapped in Blackheath and the only way for him to leave this place is to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. He relives the day 8 times, observing the day through the eyes of 8 different hosts where each host plays a pivotal role in solving the mystery. Time is of essence and solving the mystery proves to be more complicated when Aiden is also competing with three other rivals to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. What an exceptionally written plot! Original, refreshing and distinctive! I've never read anything like this before. The complexity of the plot with the numerous time loops were a little overwhelming in the beginning but it gets more interesting as the story progresses. As you begin to observe the day through the different hosts, the whole story begins to make sense and every little event that happened is vital to the mystery. The plot is definitely not lacking in the mystery and suspense departments! Just brilliant!! Characters are somewhat well-developed albeit the rather overwhelming number of characters. I think Lord Ravencourt's character was given more weight (no pun intended!) compared to the rest. Each characters has their own backstories with distinct personalities. I find the concept of Aiden living in different host and slowly taking in their personalities are intriguing. The host begins to influence Aiden's mind and personality and Aiden is constantly in war with them while wearing their bodies especially in situations that demand tough decisions. However, I do wish that more depth were given to Anna's and Aiden's backstories. I do feel that their stories were just touching the tip of an iceberg. But overall, the characters are intriguing especially the character wearing a plague doctor's mask - creepy! I enjoyed the atmospheric and Agatha Christie-ish kind of writing. The descriptions of forest, parties, ball and so forth were well done and I was totally transported into Blackheath. Storytelling is engaging, well-paced without any dull moment. It may be confusing in the beginning but just don't try to solve it. Instead, enjoy the journey and let Turton unmasks the murderer for you. I can't say enough just how much I enjoyed this read! I have a soft spot for time travel/time loop concept and when it is strangely and uniquely blend into a murder mystery, I knew this is going to an astounding read! This is easily one of the best books I've read so far this year. I enjoyed and loved every second I spent reading The 7 1/2 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle!
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite! Love this book and the twists and turns that it offers!
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best read in 2018 - exceeds all the hype! Thank you for Netgalley, Sourcebooks and Stuart Turton for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Imagine being trapped in another person’s body, your memory wiped and the same day keeps repeating over and over again. That is the situation Aiden Bishop finds himself in. The only way to escape is to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. He has 8 days and 8 different “hosts” to help him. Welcome to Blackheath Estate, or should I say Hotel California. You can stay, but you can never leave. Well, you can leave, but first you have to find out who the murderer of Evelyn Hardcastle will be, seeing as she isn’t dead just yet, today. The reader is thrown into this story and kept off balance, trying to figure out this maze of events, people and places. Aiden wakes up in these different guests bodies and has to walk a fine balance of using his hosts skills to aid in his endeavour, while trying not to succumb to the darkest parts of their souls, all the while trying to hold onto the bits of his own personality and not lose himself to the host. Aiden has to be careful as there are two other also trying to escape. Can he trust them to help? Probably not, since only one can solve the mystery and be allowed to leave. What an original premise. A fresh idea that plays out into the most interesting, intricate, spooky thriller that I have read this year. This lives up to and exceeds all the hype it has received. It is multi-layered, smart, and so complex. You are glued from beginning to end. You follow each host through a roller coaster ride desperately trying to fit all the clues together, but don’t bother. You will never see the end coming. Turton does an amazing job of keeping the plot clean and tight, I can’t even imagine how hard that must have been. The characters are so well drawn, each having their distinct quirks, and all relevant to the plot. Never do you feel overwhelmed by different plot lines or lost with the amount of characters. It is seamless, from beginning to end. Very reminiscent of Agatha Christie, “Murder on The Orient Express”, with multiple characters, multiple storylines that somehow fit together. Think the character of Death in “The Book Thief”, with The Plague Doctor all-knowing and setting the rules of the world. I know people have alluded to “Groundhog Day” but it is not a true repeat of each day. First, the main character inhabits eight different hosts, so each time we repeat a day, it is a different character, with a new perspective and new personality traits. Second, the day doesn’t repeat the way it does in “Groundhog Day”. He can enter into a different host at any point during the day. Thus, it feels more like a new day each day, rather than a repeat of one day over and over. The one linking event is the death/suicide of Evelyn. There are so many interesting, thoughtful parts to this story but rather than spoil it I am trying to keep the details brief. It would take an essay to unpack what there is to talk about making this the perfect book club novel. It is such a remarkable read. I don’t think I’m doing it the proper justice here but I highly recommend it. I think it is pure genius how Truton weaves together this fantastic tale. The build up of tension and excitement meant that I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. The characters were authentic and multi-dimensional. I suspect that reading it a second and third time will only increase the charm of this unique story. Which I plan to do.
Date published: 2018-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This is a unique mystery. It’s Groundhog Day meets Freaky Friday in an Agatha Christie novel. I couldn’t put this book down for hours. There were loads of twists at the beginning so I had no idea where the story was heading. I liked how the story ended. However, I didn’t like the explanation for how the main character entered the loop of living the day over and over to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder. I wish that background was either explored more in the story or simplified. It seemed like the start of a side story but it wasn’t detailed enough. The title is confusing I’m not sure why sometimes it is the 7 deaths and other times it’s the 7 1/2 deaths. I understand what the deaths are, but not why there are two different numbers in the titles. If anyone knows, I’d love to hear it. I loved this book! If you like a suspenseful thriller in the style of Agatha Christie, you’ll love this book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Murder Mystery Please consider me in complete awe of Stuart Turton's ability to spin a story. My brain is still spinning from how unbelievably well plotted this novel is. When people asked me what I was reading, I could only describe this as Groundhog Day meets the board game Clue. And it's not far from the truth. This whole book is a game, with each new host for Aiden Bishop being nothing more than a pawn moved across the board. Everything is so beautifully orchestrated and timed that no matter how hard he tries to change things as host number 4, he merely enables everything to happen as it would for host 6. I am *dying* to see Turton's mess of notes on this because for such a convoluted story I found there to be absolutely no plot holes, no loose threads to unravel. It is a murder mystery that I couldn't figure out, and the ending was so damn satisfying. The characters were wonderful! Each one so unique and with their own dark past that Bishop has to work around or learn. Likewise, the development of Bishop's character in Blackheath is fantastic! My only regret with this book is it took me too long to read. It took me a while before I finally just sat down and just read, and boy was I glad I did that. This story is definitely one best enjoyed when read in long sittings. It's gripping, but you need to pay attention. And it will not let you down.
Date published: 2018-09-08

Editorial Reviews

“Completely absorbing and flummoxing and in the end you just have to surrender to its dazzling pyrotechnics. It’s worth it for the sheer brio of the storytelling.”