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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Turton, Stuart. Book - 2018 Mystery / Turton, Stuart, Adult Book / Fiction / Thriller / General / Turton, Stuart None on shelf 26 requests on 2 copies Community Rating: 4.2 out of 5

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Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle in order to escape the curse in a world filled with enemies where nothing and no one are quite what they seem.


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Creative Concept submitted by abalsmeyer on July 22, 2019, 6:49pm I loved this book- it was really different than any other books I have read so far. It was a bit confusing to keep track of the characters and the chronology of everything, but I absolutely loved it!

Creative and riveting! submitted by jaromatorio on July 24, 2020, 11:42am Let me start by saying-I LOVE a good mystery. The only complaint that I sometimes have with the genre is that the tropes tend to get a bit overdone. That is absolutely not the case here!

‘The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ opens with the narrator awaking in the woods, having no recollection of how he got there. When he witnesses what appears to be a murder, he rushes to the nearest building he can find for help. He comes upon an old manor house and, after speaking to the inhabitants, discovers that he’s one of several guests expected at a dinner party that’s to take place there that evening. As the day passes, the narrator forges bonds with other attendees and gathers clues about the crime that he believes he witnessed.

This all sounds simple enough, right? WRONG. Rather than progressing through the day in a standard, linear fashion as one would expect, and eventually solving the murder, the narrator (through a series of events that you’ll come to understand as you read) ends up inhabiting the bodies of nearly all of the dinner party attendees as the day starts over and over again (think Groundhog Day)! This non-traditional story line allows you as the reader to experience the day from each of the characters’ unique prospectives and understand the complex web of relationships and social histories that gave rise to the crime at hand.

I really loved this story, and though I was woefully confused at times, the complex nature of the narrative made the final resolution all the more satisfying!

Loved it! submitted by KatieD on August 5, 2021, 6:34pm This book kept me guessing until the very end! It reminded me a lot of "Knives Out" where there are so many different layers to the mystery.

An Iterative Mystery submitted by Meginator on August 21, 2021, 8:18am Content Note: This book has some fatphobia.

This twisty novel is as much a high-speed thriller as it is a murder mystery, with a healthy dose of mind-bending science fiction thrown into the mix for good measure. Turton wrings every bit of possibility out of his premise, with the narrator (and main detective) spending eight days in eight different bodies while attempting to solve the crime. This fact itself becomes part of an even bigger mystery that culminates in a complex philosophical quandary that transcends the murder mystery (which is full of the requisite red herrings and additional twists) entirely. This book relies on several genre conventions yet it is utterly unique; it kept me guessing even when I thought I’d figured it out and I’ve never read anything quite like it.

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Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
Year Published: 2018
Description: 435 pages ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book


Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.