The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton


The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton


Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 8th 2018

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton



By now I must admit that 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was one of the most complex mysteries I ever read.

Time loops have always been fascinating to me. Ever since watching Groundhog Day, I loved the idea of having multiple days to get things right. But I never read a book that was plotted the way this novel was.

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle felt like an intricate puzzle, a riddle that was solved little by little with each chapter. But instead of repeating each day in an identical way, the author decided to make his main character wake up in a different cast member’s body each day. With each new morning a new main character was being introduced, each had an utterly distinctive voice, and some were more helpful than others.

I must admit it took me a LONG time to get into the book.

At the beginning fo the book the reader was literally thrust into a deadly chase through a dark forest without a second explanation. With each chapter tiny clues were being offered. At this point, the reader knew exactly the same as the main character did – zilch. But with each day, more puzzle pieces were unearthed and a bigger picture emerged.

Because it was such an original and complex story I would love to see it being made into  a movie. It would be just perfect on the big screen.

The book on its own was sometimes confusing, and like I mentioned it took me a long time to get into the story, but otherwise it was fantastically written and the plot was truly EXCEPTIONAL!!!!

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton


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.

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Stuart lives in London with his amazing wife and daughter. He drinks lots of tea.

What else?

​When he left university he went travelling for three months and stayed away for five years. Every time his parents asked when he’d be back he told them next week, and meant it.

Stuart is not to be trusted. In the nicest possible way.

He’s got a degree in English and Philosophy, which makes him excellent at arguing and terrible at choosing degrees.

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5 thoughts on “The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    1. Ooh it would make a good book club book. There is so much to talk about because it’s so very complex and layered. The timeline alone is something to talk about. 😳

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