The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

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ISBN-13: 9781492657965
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,987
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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 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.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
4.5★s The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the first novel by British freelance travel journalist and author, Stuart Turton. When Aiden Bishop wakes, inhabiting the body of Dr Simon Bell, on the floor of the forest, he has no memory. He does not know his own name, nor that of the body he’s occupying. He has not a clue how he came to be there. And he doesn’t realise that he is destined to spend the next eight days reliving the same day, over and over, hosted in different bodies. Some will be hale and hearty; others elderly and frail, or suffering injury; some are cowards, some intelligent, some malicious, others fools. What Aiden is certain about is that Anna is in danger, if not dead: he has seen a woman flee through the wood, chased by a man, then hears a gunshot. Finding his way to a country mansion in disrepair, he learns he is a guest at Blackheath for a party celebrating the return, from Paris, of the daughter, Evelyn Hardcastle. And he is subsequently told that the only way to escape Blackheath is to discover the identity of the person who murders Evelyn at 11pm. What an interesting closed-room mystery! As Aiden cycles through his hosts, he gains a new perspective on the day’s events, and gathers clues that may help him escape. Adding an element of surprise and danger is the fact that Aiden is not the only person trying to solve this murder. And because there are so many characters, so many facets to the day, so many intrigues, so many secrets, and so many (in excess of ten) murder victims, the reader will do well to take notes. And even then, many things are not what they first appear. The plot is quite complicated, with plenty of twists and tricks and intricate details. There is quite a lot of blackmail, a 19-year-old murder not entirely solved, impersonation, and a footman who likes to use a knife on people. There is an array of interesting and sometimes quirky characters. While the jumps between days are clearly marked, the convoluted nature of events requires a good memory. The map of the house and grounds, and the character list, are essential. Original and very clever.
EmilieSG 5 months ago
This is a great book. It is original, engrossing, and fun to read. The author does an awesome job of creating suspense, tension, uncertainty, and mystery all while immersing the reader in the world of Blackheath. I think any lover of mystery should read this book! The biggest problem that I had with the book was the first several chapters, or the first two "days" for our hero. You see, as the book opens, we are introduced to an apparent amnesia victim, who wakes up in a forest and believes a woman named Anna has been murdered nearby. As this man begins to learn of his identity and make connections with the other inhabitants of the old English manor house where he finds himself, he is nonetheless overwhelmed with sadness at the person he believes himself to have been. The desolateness of the location and the shabby yet foreboding manor house make for an oppressive atmosphere. When, at the end of the day, Evelyn Hardcastle, the new friend our hero has made, dies in front of all the guests gathered for the house party, the real mystery begins. And when our hero wakes up the next morning, in a different room, in a different body, yet on the same day, the mystery is compounded. Our hero, and the reader, is completely confused, uncomprehending, and frightened. This was the point where I almost stopped reading the book. It was very bleak, depressing, and dreary, not to mention with a feeing of dread. I kept pressing on however, and was very glad I did. Eventually our hero discovers his true name is Aiden Bishop and as he wakes up each morning he finds himself in the body of a different inhabitant of the house. He's racing agains time to find the killer of Evelyn Hardcastle, as well as find the reason he's stuck at Blackheath living the same day over and over. He only has a few "days" and "hosts" left before he will lose his chance to bring the killer to justice and escape the strange time loop he is in. I really enjoyed this book. It has definite Agatha Christie influences while being completely original. The "world-building" was great, as well as the characterization of Aiden Bishop. The author is able to weave together incredibly complicated strands of create a complex and fascinating story. The mystery is well-thought out and very suspenseful. I felt on-edge the whole time I was reading it, but I had a very hard time putting it down. Although it is a long book, it felt as thought it was just the perfect length. The ambiguous time period of the book, as well as the slight touch of sci-fi towards the end was just the right touch. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, suspense, and Agatha Christie. I think it demands a second reading.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Quentin Tarantino meets Agatha Christie in this intelligent, complex, deceptive tale. We begin by looking through the eyes of the main character as he wakes up in the woods with a woman’s name engraved in his memory, but nothing else. This man has no name or recollection of who he is or why he’s here, and begins the day fearing that a woman has been murdered in the woods. He struggles with his confusion, but eventually makes his way back to Blackheath House where he is a guest for the weekend’s celebration of Evelyn Hardcastle’s return from Paris. As the day unfolds, it becomes abundantly clear that something sinister is at work, and he needs to find a way out of this place soon or Evelyn won’t be the only one murdered... I was initially drawn to the graphic, Art Deco cover design and the odd name of the title. How can someone have a half death? As I started reading, though, I knew that this was going to be unlike anything else I’ve read recently. The twists! The body swapping! The non-sequential timeline! I was shocked a number of times by unexpected events or some juicy tidbit of information was exposed. It was thrilling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I’m really impressed that it is Stuart Turton’s debut novel with the amount of spinning and weaving he had to do to make all the parts fit and play nice, especially with the jumping between days and hosts. I particularly enjoyed having no idea what was going to happen next. Little clues were dangled in front of my face, but I couldn’t piece them together until it had all been explained at the very end! And this is coming from a girl who loves to annoy people with guessing plot twists in movies or who’s going to die next. This one somehow managed to keep me completely in the dark. My one negative comment was that it was difficult to keep up in some spots. There are many characters that come and go throughout the story, all with their own secrets and agendas, so there are times it felt a little mentally exhausting. A few parts toward the end had me a bit confused as to how they came about, but with eight minds that all operate differently, I can’t really say that I’m surprised I missed something along the way, even with Aiden keeping track. This is not a book that you want to start and then set down for a few weeks before picking it back up. Trust me, this is a book that you try to finish as quickly as possible, or you might start to feel like Aiden and forget what’s previously happened! But if you’re looking for a mystery that is stuffed full of intrigue, deceit, colorful characters, and not a little murder, then you really need to check out “The 7 ½ Murders of Evelyn Hardcastle”.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book requires some patience but will be worth it once you get to the last page. Amazing!!
Anonymous 7 months 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.
hj_hewett 7 months ago
Absolutely extraordinary. You'd have to be half-mad to come up with a plot this brilliantly convoluted, and if the author had gone insane in the process of pulling it off, I think you'd have to excuse him. Not only does Bishop, tasked with solving the murder, switch bodies each day, the days are intercut, jumping back and forth in time, so that he's continually running into (or having to avoid) earlier and later versions of himself. Not to mention the additional players in this high-stakes chess game. Nothing, literally nothing is as it seems in this breathtakingly clever mystery.
GripLitGrl 8 months ago
WOW!!! This is such a wonderful mystery one definitely worth reading! It’s definitely a unique mystery that caught my attention from start to finish. I was trying to figure out who done it the whole time. Turton wrote an excellent cast of charecters with quite a few suspects with an extensive range of motives that really kept me turning the pages. This book needs to be made into a miniseries, it’s that good. Its like Turton wrote a mystery with a dash of Groundhog Day & Quantum Leap he definitely wrote a hit. I’m now a big fan of Stuart Turton after reading this one & look forward to reading more by him.
Amanda Dickens 9 months ago
ust read the synopsis and start reading the book. You do not need to know anymore. This is the most original book I have read in a long time. It was very intriguing. The writing and pacing were perfect. When I finished the book I was left wondering how in the world did the author come up with such an intricate storyline??? This is book is truly amazing! I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 9 months 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.
JHSEsq 10 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 12 months 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.
RRatliff More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly unique. A historical psychological thriller, but with elements that lean toward the supernatural or maybe the sci-fi but without any futuristic things. The main character wakes up in a different house guest's body every day until he can solve a murder. He finds out he's in competition with other "guests" and that only one of them can make it out of the loop. But he's determined to break the game. I loved the writing, the pace of the story never slowed, and it kept me reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think it would make an excellent movie. The ending leaves quite a few questions unanswered, but only in a good way.
ThisDarkMaterial More than 1 year ago
Before starting The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, prepare yourself: this is a book that requires at least two read-throughs. Stuart Turton writes carefully; events at Blackheath are not so much confusing as they are complex, a subtle but important distinction. In your first reading it's difficult enough to keep pace with the rapidly expanding cast of characters and the delicate layers of Aiden Bishop's repeating day. Unless you keep notes as meticulous as the author's surely were, by the novel's conclusion there are simply too many threads to keep a firm grip on all of them simultaneously. Certain recurring details will surprise you: not because you missed them the first time, but simply because of the sheer number of developments that followed in their wake. Aiden's revelations about the murder are a pleasant blend of the expected and the shocking. Turton, after all, plays fair. Unlike the supernaturally gifted Holmes or Poirot, whose solutions sometimes come with the benefit of facts undisclosed to the reader, every clue and sign that Aiden uses to solve Evelyn Hardcastle's murder are laid out fairly before the reader too. As the main character and only POV, Aiden is quite singular. His individual personality hovers beneath that of his host for the day, so that we come to know him not just through certain actions, but also how he registers and passes judgement on the natural reactions and resistance of whomever he's occupying. It's a unique trick: Aiden developing and becoming more familiar, even as his ability to override the inclinations of his hosts diminishes with each passing day. Impressively, Turton sticks the landing, molding Aiden into a distinct and sympathetic protagonist without allowing the various house guests he possesses to fade into an indistinguishable blur as a result. The supernatural elements at play in his imprisonment remain subtle and suitably unexplained. Though we're provided enough information regarding the rules and boundaries of Blackheath, the tedious technicalities are kept vague, giving readers just enough of a foundation to fully immerse themselves in the mystery at hand. And what a mystery it is! Rarely does a solution come completely out of left field; even more rarely does that unexpected revelation fit in perfectly with the events that preceded it, rather than feeling tacked on and cheap. Turton's plotting is intricate and precise, laying the groundwork for an excellent reveal while burying some of the most important clues in passing moments or mundane actions. This is where the second reading becomes necessary: after discovering how events carefully lay atop one another to finally culminate in a criminal's unmasking, returning to the beginning and retracing one's steps should prove most satisfactory.
Bookish_Kat More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was good! Based on the synopsis alone I was very intrigued... Evelyn Hardcastle will die everyday until Aiden Bishop is able to find her killer and break the cycle. Yet every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the new body of one of the house guests. Groundhog Day with a murdery twist! What fun! And man was it ever fun! There was just so much going on in this story, but in a good way! Trying to figure out who killed Evelyn. Trying to figure out how it is that Aiden is tasked with figuring out the killer and how exactly he's reliving the day in a different body. The interactions between all the Aiden's in the different bodies. Trying to figure out who can be trusted. Ahh, it really was just so unique and good! Most definitely worth checking out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie meets Clue meets Groundhog Day "Nothing that's happening here is inevitable, much as it may appear otherwise." Book No. 83 of the year for me was: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel, the board game Clue, and the movie Grounhog's Day. The result was an incredibly unique story with an unusual premise.Evelyn Hardcastle is going to be murdered at a precise time and location. It is up to the main character, Aiden Bishop, to stop it from happening. The catch? He keeps waking up in a different person's body. He must overcome each person's weaknesses and find their strengths so that he can break free from Blackheath. This was a very interesting story. There were many dynamic and diverse characters, and the plot was a perfect detective story that left me trying to piece everything together. I enjoyed anticipating who the next "host" would be and how the main character would use the host to his advantage. Throw in wealthy people with buried secrets, money problems, and illicit affairs, and you have an overall captivating story. I only have one complaint about this book. I thought the story was a little drawn out at times, and I felt like there were some unnecessary details. However, there were enough redeeming qualities that I am giving this 4.5/ 5. "I'm saying every man is in a cage of his own making."
JCS18 More than 1 year ago
What a brilliant and clever idea for a whodunnit! You can't skim read this, you need to follow it carefully to make an attempt at putting all the clues together. Aiden Bishop is given the task of solving a murder, which he attempts to do over a period of a week by seeing each day through the eyes of a different guest at the party at Blackheath. There is so much information and many threads to the mystery. I found it very easy to visualise Blackheath and all of the characters, particularly Ravencourt. This book keeps you guessing all the way through, just as a good whodunnit should! Highly recommend. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC.
somebooksandramblings More than 1 year ago
This review is based on the first 7 chapters of this books, which are available to read at bookishfirst.com This book seems promising! I was expecting the POV to be from Evelyn but I am intrigued by Sebastian and Anna! I want to know how Sebastian woke up in the woods, who Anna is, how Anna knew he would be there using that piece of paper and that his gloves would burn! I think the "Samaritan" and the Blackheath man might be hiding something from Sebastian but I'm not sure if that is a solid theory of mine or not. I also want to know why David took Sebastian's compass. If he pointed out to Sebastian that it was his, what was the point in taking it? I am also pretty curious about the killer. Why did he point Sebastian in the direction to the house? Why is he going after Sebastian? How is Anna alive? I am excited to read the whole thing and find out. I also adore the cover, it gives off strong 1920's vibes.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Well, this is certainly not like most other books. The author's mind must have been like the old time performers who ran around keeping plates spinning on top of poles! The premise is that one man has eight days to solved the mystery of the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. But each day he inhabits the body of another guest, each with different skills and challenges, and each getting a bit harder for him to control mentally. It is quite a tour de force. Any additional explanation is hopeless. Just read it.
HowUsefulItIs More than 1 year ago
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! Pro: page turner, suspense, mystery, adrenaline rush, twists and turns, thrill, actions & adventures, secrets & lies, Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Sourcebooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
myreadingchronicles More than 1 year ago
When I started this book I initially thought it was going to be a thriller type book but it was so much more than that. I loved collecting all the clues and guessing at the culprit. About halfway through I started getting nostalgia but I couldn't place my finger on what about the book was causing it. Until, I walked into my son's room and saw the board game Clue! This was just like Clue for me but in book form! It had all the feel of the game including characters, rooms and murder weapons! As soon as I got started with this book, I was immediately pulled into the mystery trying to solve this whodunit case. I think this book is THE perfect fall read.
jnhk More than 1 year ago
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is a very captivating novel but, admittedly a little confusing at times. Still, the mix of an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery combined with science fiction-like elements of Quantum Leap make for an enjoyable read. The author does a wonderful job bringing all the characters to life - with each character having a very distinct personality. The main character, Aiden Bishop, wakes up every day in the body of a different guest and must solve the murder of Miss Hardcastle. I know for sure that there is a map of Blackheath in the finished version of the book, but it might also be helpful to have a list to refer back to of the characters and their relationship/profession. I would recommended this novel to mystery and science fiction fans alike.