The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton // Book Review

Not to be confused with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a book with a similar name that people tend to get confused by. Myself included! When I bought this book from last year’s Bookcon, I had actually thought i was buying Evelyn Hugo which I had heard a lot of book people talking about.

When I finally got to reading The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I went in partially blind! I thought it was like a murder mystery similar to Clue, which in a way it was but it was also SOO much more!

Title: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Pub Date: September 18th, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy

Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed… again.

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…

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading this book. I know it confused many readers because of the nonlinear timeline with the actions in the books and when the different characters, Aiden inhabits experience them but as a Doctor Who lover I enjoyed the “Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey” aspects of the book. Such an interesting concept developed into a mystery book. It is described as Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day and that is a perfect description of this book. I would argue it hits more as a thriller than a mystery book as there is a lot of actions and the reader isn’t given too many clues so they can solve the mystery while reading. Instead things are revealed as the author wants them to be revealed and the conclusion is a twist! As someone who doesn’t read many mystery or thriller books it captured my attention instantly! I would love a sequel to this perhaps with new characters and a different mystery to solve but just as much nonlinear thrill!

Rating: 4.5 stars!

Have you read this book? Does it sound interesting?

Thanks for reading!


  1. I read this book on audio earlier this year and really enjoyed it. The mystery element of it left me a little confused at times but I enjoyed the ride nonetheless.


  2. I loved this book! Haven’t seen a lot of reviews, so yours was good to read.

    I think it would make a great series, like you say, with different characters and a different mystery.


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