REVIEW: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

Friday, 23 February 2018


How do you stop a murder that’s already happened? At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed--again. She's been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden's only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle's murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend--but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Fun fact: Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was the first ARC that Netgalley ever granted me permission to read. So thank you to Netgalley for starting me off on my book-reviewing journey and frankly making my life. Over the past seven or so months it has been so difficult to see this book on my Kindle and on my Netgalley shelf and having to force myself to wait until it closer approached its publishing date to finally have the chance to read it.
But I have to say, unlike so many books before it, Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was well worth all that time and anticipation I forced myself to suffer through. I mean, oh, my god, this book was sheer perfection. It was everything that I wanted it to be and more - part-Cluedo, part-Groundhog Day with the glittering atmosphere of The Great Gatsby, this book combined everything that I have wanted into a single piece of literature.
The premise is what sold me - Aiden having only a set amount of days to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder, each of them being the same day, replayed over and over with the only difference being that Aiden switches from body to body, allowing him the opportunity to gather information by seeing different perspectives of the same events. 
Wow, just wow. 
I loved the amazingly-bad film, Happy Death Day, that was released early last year that followed a similar structure, only that was set in modern-day in university, and I think that I may have found my perfect genre. 
I mean, it’s a very specific subset of a genre, but one all the same.
It’s not a book that the reader can drift away off into their heads whilst consuming, but if you’re reading a book and that happens, surely it’s not very good? Pay attention, my loves, because the smallest clues may hold the biggest answers. And isn’t that the most fabulous thing about this genre? The way that the author weaves every single minute detail in a way that you do not realise that you have all of the answers until the very last moment. It takes a huge amount of subtly, skill and precision for this to be done well and holy shit, Stuart Turton absolutely nails it.
Have I found a new Ride or Die? You bet I have.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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