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THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton

Updated: Jan 20


What an astonishing achievement this book is. More and more these days I find my reading tastes are more historical thrillers rather than the 'sword and sandal' books I have been reading for so many years.

Most thrillers will say on the cover that they will leave you guessing until the last page, that there's a twist that will amaze you. Usually, the 'twist' is quite easy to spot, and you can see it coming a mile off. This one had me guessing all the way through.

The basis for the main character(s) is enthralling. One man trapped in eight different 'hosts', each day he wakes up and has 24 hours to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, and each day new obstacles are thrown into his path. This too is quite brilliant, for not only are we trying to guess who actually murdered Evelyn but also how our protagonist came to be there, stuck in this never ending cycle. Like the murder, the reveal at the end is astonishing and not at all what I was expecting.

I have an incredibly short memory, and usually have forgotten most of a book by the time I put it down, this one though, will stay with me for a long while, I think.

Highly recommend.

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