Title: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction / Murder Mystery
First published: February 2018 (as The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle)
Edition: E-book, courtesy of Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley
My first thought after finishing this book was how well thought out and intricate the plot of Stuart Turton’s murder mystery is. I am fairly sure there will be someone out there reading this book noting down all the times events and putting them in the right order. That person will not be me, but I could imagine it!
This read was definitely a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I went into it knowing hardly anything about the book, deliberately not reading the synopsis, and it immediately started surprising me, and then a bit more, and a bit more! I really enjoyed that aspect of it and also the reason why I will not go into the plot. I think it is best to go in blind.
The characters were written well, but the simple star of the show is the puzzle that the pages create and the dark atmosphere that the author manages to create throughout.
I am not sure I was quite that fond of the ending and some of the decisions the main character made, but overall it was a really good read.
I would definitely recommend The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle to anyone who enjoys atmospheric writing or a murdery mystery set at a crumbling country house.
5 out of 7 stars