Title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Length: 505 pages
Publisher: Raven Books Bloomsbury Publishing
This was another one of those popular books of 2018, that people couldn’t stop talking about. I have to admit I was intrigued, but did this book live up to the hype?
At a party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed- again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. The only way to break this cycle is to identify Evelyn’s killer. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And someone is desperate to stop him ever escaping Blackheath…
Now, like I said I found this book very intriguing and was looking forward to reading it. To be honest I was disappointed. This book is very hectic, there’s a lot going on, so many different characters, so many different storylines. I found this book tricky to get into.
Some books are complicated in a good way, they keep you guessing, they make you read faster because you can’t wait to find out what happened. ‘Seven Deaths’ did not do that for me. While it kept me interested enough to finish the book, I was in no hurry to do so. Although the storylines certainly came together more towards the end.
It took me a long time to finish this book. Not one of the characters are particularly likeable, I found myself not caring why Aiden Bishop is at Blackheath, or not caring if he got out. I was not emotionally involved, but maybe that’s not to expected with this particular genre. But like I said, I did want to know how it would be resolved. So, I have to give this book credit for that.
When I finally did reach the end, I was expecting some big twist, a shocking revelation, because that’s the point of mystery/thriller books. I didn’t get that. I wouldn’t say I saw the end coming, I think it just left me with a lot of questions. It felt like the end was dealt with in a rushed way, not explaining enough. I like my books to be wrapped up neatly at the end, unless the have a sequel of course. And let’s hope this book doesn’t.
I have to say, I probably wouldn’t recommend this book. But I know a lot of people loved it. Did you? Comment and let me know.
Until the next review