I recently joined an online-based book club and the pick this month was The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. The book was already on my endless TBR list so I was really excited to dive in. I was intrigued instantly. The title itself makes you think. I also love how Gatsby-esque the cover appears. I am a sucker for Gatsby.
“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.” — Goodreads
This was a 4 ½ read for me. This book had so many twists and turns I almost felt like I needed to keep notes to keep track. Aiden Bishop wakes up in a new host everyday– all of those hosts existing in the same day trying to solve Evelyn’s murder before it happens. While this is all occurring in one days time Aiden experiences the day 8 times. A look at me about every other page during this read:
If it sounds complicated it’s because it is. However, Stuart Turton has managed to effortlessly weave this tale and if there is a literary award out there for keeping complicated timelines and character interactions straight give it to Stuart Turton. This novel is not a beach read– it is a thinker but it is a page-turner. If you’re ready to go on a roller coaster journey I cannot recommend this book enough.