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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Hardcover: 528 Pages.

Published: 08 February 2018 by Raven Books

ISBN: 1408889560

EAN: 9781408889565

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.'

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath...

Reviews

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Think Outside the Box!

This is one of those books where it is hard to describe it without giving too much away. Evelyn Hardcastle is killed on the night of a party at her parents house, Blackheath. The murder must be solved by  11pm.

This is one of those books which is unusual & the author really does deserve plaudits for coming up with a book that is definitely well outside the box. I can't describe how unusual it is without giving too much away. Suffice to say that it is an unusual book and any lover of thrillers and mysteries should give it a go.

The book is well written and  the characters are clearly defined and well constructed. They certainly have their own personalities.

There are plenty of twists in this book and you will need to keep your wits about you as you read. You may even wish to have pen and paper at the ready if you are the sort of person who likes to personally solve the mysteries before the characters. It is complicated.

There were a couple of patches where I started to get a bit bogged down. Nobody was who they seemed to be and everyone had ulterior motives. I started to loose my enthusiasm. However, I did carry on and was very glad that I had. I liked the explanation as to what was happening in Blackheath. As for the solution as to who killed Evelyn Hardcastle - one twist too many? Perhaps.

I am glad that I read this book as it certainly exercised the old brain cells. It was well written and unusual. I have, on occasion, read books which are unusual and have great ideas but the writing failed to live up to its promise. On the whole this book delivered on that & the author was able to write a book which more or less lived up to its potential.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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