THE 7½ DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton
Imagine waking up in a body that’s not yours, in a remote, rundown estate, surrounded by people you don’t know. You don’t know how you got there and your memory is spotty at best. The only person you kind of know is a woman named Anna.
This story follows Aiden Bishop as he tries to solve the mystery and murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. For the next eight days he wakes up in the body of a different person/suspect and he has to essentially not lose himself within the host’s persona and instincts in order to solve the mystery. If he figures out the answer he gets to go home. If he fails he has to start the loop all over again.
As you can imagine, this is a wholly unusual, complex and confusing mess of a storyline. Throughout the first few chapters of this book I kept saying, “Wait… what?!” I was equal parts perplexed, frustrated then fully invested and entertained.
While I didn’t connect with any of the morally grey, unlikable characters, I did enjoy the story enough to keep reading to the end. The ending itself felt a little anticlimactic for me, but I appreciate how the story came together despite having lingering questions. (What exactly did Anna do to deserve such epic torture and torment?)
Overall, the concept is clever and it was enjoyable. Recommend if you love a good thriller and murder-mystery with a sci-fi twist.
Rating: 3.75/5 ⭐️