by: Stuart Turton
Published by:Sourcebooks Landmark
Format: Mobi (Kindle file) Netgalley
Source: Publisher (via Netgalley)
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...
The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a twisted mix of Freaky Friday, Groundhog Day, and Clue (yes, it’s that good). The narrator of this novel must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. Evelyn is murdered during a party hosted by her family. The twist? The narrator relives the day of Evelyn’s murder eight times. Each time he is in a different body in a different guest at the Hardcastle party.
This story is an amazing labyrinth of scenes and characters. Scenes and timelines were created 8 different times, with 8 different points of view. It is just amazing that the author is able to have a character in the right place and at the right time to correspond with previous ‘lives.’ Although the storyline is confusing at the beginning, tiny details are revealed with each new POV. These details slowly bring a picture of what is going on into focus for the reader.
As for the characters, they were all especially unlikable and flawed but strong in their own way. These flaws and strengths each help the narrator get closer to an answer in the mystery of Evelyn’s death. The only character that felt awkward to me is the plague doctor. Although his purpose in the story is to fill in gaps for the narrator, I just felt he didn’t fit seamlessly into the story. Otherwise the I think book is perfect.
This work is a masterpiece of suspense. I pride myself on knowing the twists in thrillers but never figured the ending to this one out. This story turned the way I think of master/thrillers upside-down and inside-out.
TSHDoEH will keep to you awake at night, not only reading it but also trying to figure out what the hell is going on here. I think from this point on all other mysteries are going to pale in comparison. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a mystery lovers masterpiece.