BOOK REVIEW : THE 7½ DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE


The Rules of Blackheath:

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.


Another tick off the TBR List!

Right after finishing the book, a part of me needed to immediately write all my thoughts down, but another part of me needed to go to a cave somewhere and take a week to try make sense of what I just read. Well, obviously, I’m opting for the former.

The plot was brilliant. I had been told the gist of what the book was about before starting it, so I was confused for almost 100 pages about what was happening. I kept thinking – Is this part of the loop? Has it already started? Why does he keep talking about Anna instead of Evelyn? Who is dead? – I just couldn’t focus because I was too busy wondering when we would get to the point. That’s why, it’s always better to go into a book blind.

Yes, the plot was brilliant, but it made me feel dumb. Because I found myself rereading parts and going back to previous pages to make sense of some things. I felt overwhelmed for a long time. And there were so many characters that I had a hard time keeping track of them at first. Also, I felt like I didn’t get enough time with each of the characters to actually get invested in them. There were so many conversations and secrets and revelations to remember that at certain parts, I’d have to stop and try to recall them to understand what was happening presently. I could never see some of the twists coming. But I did find the final twist at the end to be convoluted.

This book was something else, entirely. I don’t think I can praise the creativity of the author enough. But I’m not sure if I’ve actually familiarized myself with all the plot details. It was a lot to take in. And I certainly need to reread this a couple of times to better appreciate this story.


★★★★☆


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