The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

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Overview

"Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day...quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant."—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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.

For fans of Claire North and Kate Atkinson, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive novel that follows one man's race against time to find a killer— but an astonishing time-turning twist means that nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Praise for The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:
Costa First Novel Award 2018 Winner
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Guardian's Best Books of 2018

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492657965
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 88,641
Product dimensions: 2.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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.

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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a frustrated one-star review indicates, this book does require a little patience in following the amazing twists and turns of a highly unusual murder mystery. But the concept is brilliant, the writing unusually good, the story mesmerizing and the solution mind boggling. Well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Turton's first novel is outstanding! I couldn't put this book down. Exciting, thoughtful, and original.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A complicated and challenging thriller. The plot is great, lots of twists, lots of details. It was almost too many details. If you don't mind having to go back to the beginning to re-read chapters to keep track of the many details, you will enjoy this book. There was a point about 200 pages in where I questioned starting over and creating a flow chart of the day and the information you gain from each character to help keep track. It felt like an accomplishment to finish this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+finished+the+book+under+duress.++By+the+time+I+decided+that+I+didn%27t+like+it%2C+I+was+too+far+along+in+the+story+to+not+do+so.+It+felt+like+you+needed+to+take+notes+of+characters+and+the+days+and+the+clues+to+have+any+hope+of+following+the+plot+line.%0A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been far to long since the premise of a book has sparked "wow I have to read that" reaction, but this book has hooked its claws into me and won't let go. This is exactly the type of response that a mystery should invoke in a reader. This book brings me back to when I first discovered my love of classic mystery stories, long nights spent playing multiple rounds of clue come to mind. The unique twist of the main character reliving the same day in a different body provide an interesting way for the reader to see the story unfold. It is clear that this is a character driven novel, which is my favorite kind of novel. I have no doubt in my mind that this book will be a must read for any mystery fan who's looking for something that is both nostalgic and new.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book from the mystery genre until now. Loved how the same day was viewed from so many different perspectives. It was even a mystery why certain characters performed certain actions but later you realized why. Would love to see this as a movie since I did have some difficulty keeping characters apart. But bravo for your first book.
Anonymous 2 days ago
How many times did I put this book down and pick it right back up? Pulled me back in every time. Turned out I finished and I was glad I did.
WishEnd 20 days ago
THE 7½ DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE is an intriguing story of mystery, danger, and romance with a scifi twist. Recommended to mystery fans who are looking for something a little different. It took me a few pages to figure out what was going on in this story. There are a couple of main characters, but the main one takes turns in different hosts as he tries to figure out the mystery and save a woman's life. It's a mystery he's spent years trying to solve, but doesn't realize that he's been on the same loop. It messes with your mind just a little. Some of the characters are more pleasant than the others, but the author did a fantastic job with these characters and writing the story in such a way that I felt everything the characters felt and tried to figured what was happening right along with him. The suspense is also well done, with a constant undertone of danger that intensifies towards the climatic end. A definite unique murder mystery and one that is not easy to forget. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was really well done. There was not a dull moment, and readers will find themselves flipping the pages as fast as they can towards the end. It's a mystery with some unique twists. Content: Some crassness, innuendo, references to affairs, drug use, some swearing, and violence. Source: I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher through NetGalley, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
Anonymous 25 days ago
This book was one of my most anticipated books for the year. I had heard about it in the beginning of the year. I knew that I could have ordered it from Book Depository and had it right away, but I decided to wait until fall knowing that I would love to read it during the Halloween season. It definitely fits in with the Halloween vibe and I’m glad that I chose to hold off buying it until it was released in the United States. I really enjoyed the story and thought it was a truly unique plot. I was so excited to find out who did it and the journey we were going to take to find out the answer. Each new character we encountered truly felt like an individual and a new unique perspective. I thought that reading 8 perspectives would eventually begin to blur, but they each felt like their own person. Each character provided their own strengths and weaknesses that played a role in solving the crime. The setting felt eerie. I agree with everyone saying that it felt like a book that Agatha Christie would have written or the mansion from the movie/game Clue. It was certainly a house and party that with outside perspective you would not want to be invited to. Secrets lurked around every corner. It’s hard to describe what I had a problem with. There is a plot within the plot that was not mentioned in the synopsis that I wish was explained or exposed to us sooner. Aiden is in this house to solve this mystery, but so are other people. We are told that there are other people in the house trying to solve the murder, there are people that are out there to kill/stop him from solving the murder, and future/past versions of him are in other bodies in the same timeline as him. This just added more confusion to the book that I didn’t feel was necessary. We are eventually told that this is not Aiden’s first attempt of solving this murder. That he has failed this many times already, which then added the element of why is this happening? It felt like an added plot point that I just didn’t expect or want. It made the story drag out a little more than necessary. It’s one of those stories where you don’t want to know too much before entering into the story. It was fun to find the twists and turns as it went! Even though I had that problem, I still really enjoyed the book. I just didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. I still recommend it!
Anonymous 28 days ago
It was a bit corny and unrealistic even in a fantasy narrative. It would be a shame to compare this author to Agatha Christie.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I+loved+this+book.+It+had+so+many+twists+and+turns+and+thoroughly+enjoyed+it%21
Anonymous 8 months ago
Couldn't put it down or keep up with it. Fascinating!
Anonymous 10 months ago
couldn%27t+put+it+down%2C+but+really+wanted+to+.++At+times+confusing%2C+annoying+but+for+some+reason+I+kept+going.%0ANot+my+typical+genera.+Great+writer+.%0A%0A%0A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+actually+read+this+book+a+few+months+ago%2C+but+it+really+stuck+with+me.+The+7+1%2F2+Deaths+Of+Evelyn+Hardcastle+is+such+a+unique+concept.%C2%A0+My+puzzle-loving+brain+had+a+great+time+reading+it.%C2%A0It+reminded+me+a+bit+of+Clue%2C+but+where+you+get+to+play+as+everyone+in+the+game.%C2%A0+As+I+read%2C+I+anxiously+awaited+the+unveiling+of+each+pertinent+character%2C+feeling+an+odd+sense+of+satisfaction+every+time+events+or+interactions+would+fall+perfectly+into+place.+This+book+requires+an+active+thought+process+but+I+highly+recommend+when+you%27re+in+the+right+mood.%C2%A0%0A%0AI+have+been+recommending+it+to+people+all+year+and+haven%27t+heard+from+anyone+that+they+were+disappointed+after+reading+it.+This+book+really+raised+the+bar+for+me+on+what+a+reader+can+handle+in+a+mentally+challenging+way.+I+am+hoping+that+we+get+to+see+more+books+from+Stuart+Turton+in+the+future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 7 (1/2 for those Americans out there) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was the first book in a while to truly suck me into the plot to where I had trouble putting this book down. I HAD TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. The first few pages I was worried I wouldn't like it, I wasn't looking for a complicated book that would give me a headache trying to keep everything straight, but this was not that! Stuart Turton does a beautiful job of taking a complex plot but presenting it flawlessly so the reader can follow the story effortlessly. I was so invested in this story! Without saying too much the book starts with our unknown (maybe unreliable) narrator who has lost his memory and has to solve a murder. The first twist comes pretty early on but I still don't want to ruin it because it made me put the book down and go, okay this is going to be great. As the connections all fell beautifully into place and the final twists were made clear I was shocked, fascinated, confused, happy, SO MANY EMOTIONS. The only thing stopping me from giving this book 5 stars is that ending. I don't understand the main characters final moves! It just did not make sense to me and actually made me pretty angry with how invested I was in him. I'm sure there is a philosophical aspect to it I'm just not getting but I wish after all of that the author would have spent a bit more time developing that last aspect and finishing the characters stories. Regardless, this book was wonderful and I will recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery, sci-fi, ethical dilemma, classic 1920s setting. I can't wait to re-read it knowing what I know now.
booknerd211 More than 1 year ago
I was so confused by this book. It wasn't at all what I was expecting and honestly after reading it I was left with way too many questions. This was like a strange groundhog day story, but the main character wakes up in a different body everyday. His main goal is to stop a murder from happening and he only has 7 days to figure it out or he will have to start all the way over without his memory again. So this sounds interesting and I was totally into the story until the ending. I don't understand what it meant and after asking others who have read the book they are just as confused as I was. I think if the author would have given us a few more chapters after the mystery was solved it would have helped. Left as it is the story is just too open ended for me and I need closure in my books. I was so disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The saying goes, ‘There is nothing new under the sun ‘, but this story is told in such a manner as to appear totally new. The incredible writing supports the premise and draws the reader into an interaction with the characters not usually found in most writing. Would definitely recommend this to all who enjoy a challenging read.
megnic94 More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie with a fantasy/sci-fi twist While I was interested from the beginning, this story was slow at times. Overall, the plot was definitely intriguing and the cast of characters, despite being quite expansive, was well done. The main character Aiden Bishop had a unique voice as he was trying to solve the mystery and figure out the ins and outs of Blackheath, and I enjoyed his perspective. All of the other characters, including the ones that Aiden inhabited, were also well written and had their own unique characteristics shine though. The story was unpredictable, for the most part, as all good mysteries should be. Plus, I very much enjoyed listening to it as an audiobook. I don't think I would have had the same experience physically reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ending is a bit limp.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book requires some patience but will be worth it once you get to the last page. Amazing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! It was very complex and hard to guess the ending which is why I liked it so much! Currently trying to find other books similar to this one.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
As the story opens, a man is running through the forest yelling, "Anna." He is wearing someone else's dinner jacket and has another person's hands. He has no memory of who he is, how he made his way to the forest, or why he is inside another person's body. A silver compass drops from his pocket. A voice whispers one word: "East." In his debut novel, author Stuart Turton asks, through an eclectic variety of characters, plot machinations, and a healthy dose of science fiction, "How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?" In an inventive and unique story, the Hardcastle family is hosting a masquerade ball at their dilapidated English manor. Their daughter, Evelyn Hardcastle, will die every day until invited guest Aiden Bishop identifies her killer and breaks the cycle. It's like Groundhog Day. Every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in a different body, each one of the guests. Aiden may be trapped for eternity if he can't solve Evelyn’s murder and satisfy the enemy he can't even identify conclusively or comprehend. On the bizarre Hardcastle estate, no one is who or what they seem, and no one can be trusted as they present themselves to be allies but quickly prove to anything but. Turton himself describes the work as a mash-up of Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day, and Quantum Leap, and that's an apt summary. He infuses the story with characters of all ages, shapes, and sizes, making Aiden's daily challenge even more interesting. One of the bodies he inhabits is not just old, but extremely overweight, making it difficult for him to navigate the estate. Another has been severely beaten and is trying to recover from his injuries. He also includes enough plot twists and surprising developments to keep readers guessing until the very end. The pace of the book is uneven. It slows significantly mid-way, then picks up again and races to the all-revealing climax. Why Aiden is there proves to be an elusive mystery that, when finally revealed, makes sense. Well, as much as anything in this unusual tale can make sense. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aiden Bishop has eight chances to find a killer. Each day he wakes up in a new host at Blackheath manor and attempts to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. He will relive the same day over and over until he can figure it out. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is a thrilling psychological puzzle that will leave your heart pumping and your mind guessing at each turn. There are a number of mysteries to solve and Turton does a masterful job of revealing just enough information to keep you inching along until finally all of the puzzle pieces lock into place. This book is one of the must unique and inventive stories (especially in the thriller/mystery genre) that I've read in quite some time and I can't recommend it enough!
Candice_S More than 1 year ago
This is possibly the most unique, clever, tantalizing read of my entire year. I could not even begin to classify this book into a specific category, as it is like nothing else I've read. Admittedly, it took me a couple of chapters to fully grasp what was happening in the story, but the minute it clicked, I was hooked. I loved that the story moves this mysterious character through 8 different host bodies, as he tries to work out who murders Evelyn Hardcastle, and tries to save her life. I have no idea at all how Stuart Turton managed to keep all the strings of this story straight enough to twist them into this plot, but I am beyond impressed. Chapter after chapter as little tidbits were revealed and I could connect them back to previous host bodies, I would get more and more excited. I loved this story - this was like a murder mystery party brought to life. I was hooked on every word, and I could barely set this book down. It is amazing, and I had no way to guess the twists until they fell into my lap. I loved, loved, loved this book. If you are a reader who likes a character drama, a mystery and a suspense, or a reader who is looking for something VERY unique, this is absolutely the book for you!
jojosmodernlife More than 1 year ago
Aiden Bishop awakens in an unknown forest with only one name resonating in his mind-Anna. He does not know where he is, when it is, and he does not even know his own name. The only thing he knows is that he has to get out of here. Fast. As he later discovers, he cannot get out of Blackheath until he solves the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle repeating the same day in a different body. The clues will be given to each character and the events cannot and should not be changed. Meanwhile, danger lurks in the shadows, in every corner, and not everything is what it seems. Although the main character, Aiden Bishop, has to inhabit 8 individual bodies, the storyline remained the same and details from previous perspectives bring clarity to the mystery. Not only does Aiden have to figure out who murdered Evelyn Hardcastle to save his own life, he also has to figure out how to save the life of both Evelyn and Anna. This is made more difficult as there are others who are also trying to escape and manipulate him to advance their chances. There is also the issue that the more bodies that Aiden resides in, the more voices and characters compound his psyche. As if that was not complicated enough, he also has to do all of this while protecting his hosts from being prematurely murdered by The Footman who is stalking him and ready to pounce at any moment to shorten his day and thus reducing his chances of solving the murder and escaping. All of these factors intertwine into a fantastic plot with surprises, mystery, and an epic finale. I would recommend this book for all adult mystery readers. It is very fast-paced and I felt myself rooting for Aiden and Anna through their many obstacles. I loved the small details that became big clues later on in the story. The fact that this is Stuart Turton’s debut novel is incredible! Conversely, I would not recommend this book for readers who may be triggered or offended by the following: arranged marriage, murder, revenge, death, graphic violence, and suggestions of rape. Please note: An Advanced Reader Copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.