7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton


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"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: 9781492670124
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 8,629
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(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. 73 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 3 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!
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Anonymous 6 months 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.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
Ending is a bit limp.....
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.
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Anonymous 12 days ago
Couldn't put it down or keep up with it. Fascinating!
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MamaHendo 4 months ago
A man wakes in the forrest at dawn with no memory except for the name, Anna. While still confused and uncertain of where or who he is, he makes his way towards Blackheath Manor. What he doesn't yet know is that he will be forced to repeat this same day over and over again until he can solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, the only way out of this game. Each morning he wakes in the body of a different guest staying at Blackheath, bringing pieces of his days inside his other hosts with him. Peter & Helena Hardcastle have invited everyone to the Manor to welcome their daughter, Evelyn back home from Paris after 19 years. The Hardcastle family have been at odds since the death of young Thomas that day by the lake and morbidly this party falls on the anniversary of his murder. Can the man piece together what becomes of Evelyn Hardcastle and escape the endless trap that his Blackheath before someone else beats him to it? This original, creative and cleaver mystery gave me a Clue meets Groundhog Day meets a sci-fi feels. It was so intriguing to see where author, Stuart Turton, was taking the reader next it made the book hard to put down. There are so many twists, turns and time jumps it will keep you on your toes. "The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" was really unlike anything I've read before, really creative. This is a great read for fans of the mystery/suspense genre. Will definitely be rereading this!
Anonymous 6 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 9 months 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.
EmilieSG More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 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.
hj_hewett More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 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.
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.