Hello friends, and welcome to my review of The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I really liked this, but felt like it was a bit confusing in the beginning. I really wanted Aiden to get out, and maybe take Anna with him and was shocked by that ending.
Author: Stuart Turton
Summary: At a gala 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. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
Quote: “How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”
*Original and Unique plot. I loved the idea of Blackheath. I loved the idea of putting Aiden in different bodies so he can experience the same day through multiple viewpoints which will help him solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. It was unique, refreshing, and something I have not seen before, at all.
*Mystery. The mystery itself was intriguing and all the twists surprised me. However, I think the ending was a bit too grand? Or just, a bit excessive. The mystery was great, and I was in suspense for most of the story. Evelyn’s murder is a whole lot more intricate than it seems.
*Aiden Bishop. I honestly felt so so sorry for him. Blackheath seemed like a barbaric place that only served to make people lose their minds. However, Aiden took it in stride, and it was really amazing how he didn’t go crazy with all the clues, and all the secrets and horrors that he kept discovering. My head was bursting and I wasn’t even experiencing it in real life. Even though we know so little about him and who he really is as a person-besides the few glimpses we catch when he’s trying to control his hosts-he still seemed like a complete and great character.
*Eight Hosts. The way that the hosts influenced Aiden and his actions was really cool, and also how he personally tried to fight some of the urges his hosts felt. I thought that, at the end, he’d taken a bit of each of his hosts personalities with him which was good.
Quote: “Anger’s solid; it has weight. You can beat your fists against it. Pity’s a fog to become lost within.”
*Confusing. I was honestly really slow at getting a hang of the story. I was so confused for about the first 20% of the story while I tried to wrap my head around how the different hosts worked, and what the rules were. It also didn’t help being in Sebastian’s head, but it was still important and I liked it once I understood.
Quote: “Too little information and you’re blind, too much and you’re blinded.”
I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! This was at first confusing, but it turned out to be a great historical mystery with a very unique and amazing plot. However, I couldn’t give this 5 stars because my confusion made me not like this story at the start.
One sentence summary: A unique historical mystery with a great main character.
Overall, 4 stars!!
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