Book review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

 Well hello to you my reader chums! The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a book that has been raved about everywhere and I've had on my to-be-read pile for a very long time. When I finally picked it up, I regretted not reading it sooner because, to be honest, it's one of the most incredible and gripping books I've ever read.

If you're looking to read it or find out more, here is my full review of the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton


Plotline

The plot focuses on the death of Evelyn Hardcastle and the reason why she is murdered at a party thrown by her parents. But, it's not a simple murder mystery plotline as Aiden Bishop has to relive seeing Evelyn's murder hundreds of times as he wakes up in the body of a different guest each day and seeing it through their eyes. The only thing to break the cycle is for Aiden to put all the pieces together and identify who the killer is. However, someone is out there stopping him from ever leaving Blackheath and preventing him from figuring out the murder.

Characters and relationships 

The characters in this book are pretty complex but I love that, as with every chapter the characters develop and you learn more about them, and it helps thickens the plot even more. As Aiden wakes up in a different host every day, you learn about the character he is in, the relationship they have with the previous hosts, and how it links in with Evelyn's murder.

It's cleverly thought out how the pace of the character development builds out and who forms a bond with who when the chapters go on. Aiden and Anna's relationship is the most important throughout the whole novel and you learn that as Aiden keeps swapping hosts.

Overall thoughts

Overall, I absolutely adored this book in every single way. After reading many roaring reviews and recommendations, I didn't think it could live up to the hype but, it was even better. 

It's one of those books that is intense but the intensity never ends; I was gripped with every page and the more the chapters went on, the more I needed to read. In a sense, I became addicted to figuring out what the big secret was to find out the murderer. It's a mystery book like no other with so many unexpected twists and turns - and once I thought I was on the route to getting the answer to figuring out the mystery, more spanners are thrown into the works.

The book had a combination of a historical setting, thrilling pace, and complex narrative. I loved how the story was built up gradually and the reveal of the information came at the right time and it was written with such intellect. If you love thrillers, murder mystery and books that will honestly blow your mind, this is a read you need to give a go. 

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Ending

The ending was as powerful and intense as the rest of the novel and summed up the answer of who killed Evelyn to another level - in the sense, there were another curveball and revelation thrown into an unexpected answer. It ended the book on the high it started and with a thrill - and also, the last page gave an inspiring note to end on. 

I hope you enjoyed this book review. Have you read this book?

Thank you for reading <3

71 comments

  1. I personally love this kind of books, the kinds that makes you think and investigate while reading. I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I have heard about this a few times so I think it is time I add it to my TBR list now. It certainly sounds like my kind of book. I love a bit of intrigue and edge of the seat stuff x

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  3. This sounds right up my street. I love a book that has me turning the pages just to know what's going to happen. This one sounds great for a long weekend in the garden!

    Rosie

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  4. I haven't read this book but it's been on my TBR pile for ages - I keep hearing such good things about it, I can't wait to get stuck in - fab review! x

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  5. Thank you for the recommendation! I love mystery's xx

    Violethollow.com

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  6. For MONTHS, I kept mixing this up with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The "seven" and "Evelyn" part being so similar really had me a mess haha! But I've read the latter now, so clearly I need to read this. I've had it on my Audible wishlist for ages because the narrator has a beautiful voice. I'm looking forward to it!

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  7. I've heard quite a lot about this book and think it's definitely one I need to add to my TBR pile - I think I'd really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing, great review!

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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  8. I heard literally endless good things about this book but still haven't got around to reading it so thank you for the fab review! Adding this to my wish-list now! x

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  9. I never heard of this book, I totally live under a rock sometimes! But it sounds great, plot and characters alike! Really love the mystery and historical setting! Will have to add it to my list and read it asap! Thanks for sharing x

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  10. I haven't heard of this book before but I love storylines with complex character developments! This would be something I'd enjoy. Thank you for sharing xx

    Lynn | www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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  11. My TBR piile is so tall right now,but I really need this book in my life!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  12. I have heard good things about this book and I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed reading it! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  13. I've heard a lot of good things about this one! I'm really glad you enjoyed it, thank you for sharing this review, I'll have to check it out finally!

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  14. A book worth the hype!
    I am a big murder mystery fan and this reminds me of some of my favorite Agatha Christie books with a little bit of magic thrown in. Coming back as a different guest each time must be an interesting study in personality as well as an eye-opener to how dynamic seven people are.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Yes definitely!! It's so interesting and gripping x

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  15. That seem a mysterious story and I love this kind of stories. Well, good you gave it a read haha.

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  16. Woah, the plot is something... She wakes up every day on a different body of a guest of that party?? That's so cool. The author has some wild imagination. Love your review too! Want to read that book. THanks for sharing!

    www.lifebeginsattwenty.com

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  17. This book is now on my list. I have never heard of these book until now. Thank you fir the recommendation.

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  18. This book has been on my TBR for quite some time so thanks for the reminder! Another great review Della!

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  19. I haven't heard of this book before and I feel like I'm totally missing out! Defintiely going on my list, thanks for sharing :)

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  20. This book actually hadn't crossed onto my radar before, but it certainly sounds intriguing. It's an interesting twist, combining the classic who-dunnit set-up alongside the concept of reliving the story from different perspectives, and it sounds like the character work really drives the plot. I love well imagined characters who could be brought to life. It sounds great!

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    1. Yes exactly that, I hope you get the chance to read it!

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  21. Not my type of book but sounds so intriguating..

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  22. Great review. Its not the type of book I'd usually read but after reading your review, I definitely think I'd enjoy it.

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  23. How many guests were there at the party that Aiden has to relive? Does Aiden have to relive the entire day of the party goer? Is he stuck just passively living that day looking through the party goers eyes? What happens to Aiden's body while he's stuck living the day seeing through someone else's eyes?

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  24. I have heard so many great things about this book, I really can't wait to pick it up! Great review x

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  25. Never heard of this book, but it sounds great! Thanks for the review!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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  26. I haven’t heard of this book before. You have written a really great and detailed review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Lauren

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  27. This is perfect! I was just saying last night that I need a new book to read but would like a more mystery type one for a change, I love the sound of this <3 Books with a bit of mystery are the best!

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  28. I have never heard of this book but it sounds like an amazing one. The plotline got me good and I would love to read it. Lovely review!

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  29. I've somehow managed to read less during lockdown. Must correct that. Always searching for a recommendation

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    1. I feel you! At the beginning I read loads, but this lockdown, I've been reading less x

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  30. This sounds like such an interesting read! I'll add it to the TBR pile xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

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  31. I genuinely loved this book when I read it and found it so interesting and gripping! I felt exactly the same as you and wished I'd have picked it up sooner x

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  32. I've heard so much about this book! It's in my TBR but I just haven't picked it up yet. Lovely review 😊

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  33. This book screams my to-be fav. And yup you make me to grab it ASAP, loved reading your details description without leaving some spoilers. 💓 Thank you for sharing Della!

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    1. Upps i forgot to change the setting for the comment above. Up here is my comment huhu��

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  34. Thank you so much for detailed review. This book sound very interesting.

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  35. This sounds like my kind of book! Great review!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  36. What an interesting plot device, (the body swapping.) I really don't need to add another book to my tbr pile but... I might just have to go and see how much this is in paperback. You know, just for research.

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  37. I've heard good things about this book & it's on my TBR, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet 😅
    Mystery is my fav genre & I love the spin on the typical muder mystery so I definitely need to read this book soon!

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