Synopsis from Sourcebooks:
The Rules of Blackheath
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…
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…
The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.
About: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a historical thriller fiction written by Stuart Turton. It was recently published on 9/18/2018 by Sourcebook Landmark, an imprint of Sourcebooks, hardcover, 432 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, historical, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut. According to the publisher’s website, Sourcebooks was founded in 1987, “we are a company bound together by the idea that Books. Change. Lives. For us, it means a passion for books and a dedication to the belief that books change lives. It means innovative publishing, where every book is personal and every author’s voice has a place. And it means not being afraid to say “I don’t know” and forging a new path when we have to.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle on 10/2/2018 and finished it on 10/30/2018 at 1:10AM. This book is the most fantastic read! I like how unexpected the mystery reveal itself. I couldn’t guess where the story was heading. I didn’t read the synopsis so I know as much as each character until the mystery reveals bits by bits. I love every surprises until the end. I enjoy Lord Revencourt’s character a lot. He’s realistic and humorous in his state. I love this complex mystery! It’s unlike anything I have ever read before and it’s my absolute favorite. I like how brutal honest Aiden is when he analyzes how each person acts and thinks. I love having the footman’s involvement in all of this because it increases the stakes and makes this book a thrilling read.
This book is told in the first person point of view following a disoriented man who found himself in the woods but couldn’t remember who he was and why he’s there. He found himself shouting for Anna even though he doesn’t know who she was. To make matters worse, he saw a woman begging for help and someone chasing after her. He hesitated and couldn’t catch up close enough to protect her when he heard the gun goes off. Then someone gave him a compass and directed him to go East. He arrived at Blackheath manor to report the murder even though he didn’t see who the killer was or knew of the victim. The person in the house told him that he’s among friends and that he’s Doctor Sebastian Bell. The Blackheath manor is open to friends and family to welcome back Evelyn Hardcastle. However, Evelyn Hardcastle thought that her parents are punishing her for the death of her brother 19 years ago where she left him at home to go horseback riding. This story takes place over 8 days. Dr. Bell found himself in an unexplainable game because now he learns that he’s only Dr. Bell for one day and he’s told to solve a crime before the eighth day is up.
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is very well written. I love historical fiction for the sophisticated writing and smart communication between characters. The story, to me, reads in a slow paced but only because I didn’t want to miss out on all the twists and turns. Such a clever plot and excellent bunch of characters for this unique read! The different views to the day is cool to follow. There is never a dull moment because everyday brings new adventures and deceits. The ending is an intoxicating surprise and I couldn’t have guessed it. I love the idea to this crime and punishment. This book is amazing and I highly recommend everyone to read it! I have voted this book every time someone ask what book to read on Goodreads because this book is it!
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Pro: page turner, suspense, mystery, adrenaline rush, twists and turns, thrill, actions & adventures, secrets & lies,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Stuart Turton is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife. Stuart is not to be trusted—in the nicest possible way. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his first novel. (Photo and info obtained from Sourcebooks’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.