I usually go for historical/cozy mysteries, but the author Stuart Turton created such an interesting twist to a very traditional mystery that I had to check it out. The setting is a familiar one: a murder happens in a manor house and there is a limited amount of suspects who could’ve done the murder.
In The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle the main character is stuck in this murder mystery setting and cannot leave until he has solved the murder. Feels like an escape room game, doesn’t it? Very interesting!
How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?
Overall I enjoyed the book a lot. I think this was Stuart Turton’s first book, which is impressive, so I’m looking forward tho his next book. Hopefully it too will have a very unique idea!
This will be a short review because this book is very spoiler-sensitive. The tension and mystery would be ruined with too many spoilers about the plot. 🙂
The twist to this traditional looking mystery is that the main character is forced to live the same day over and over again until he solves the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. Each day he wakes up to experience the day as one of the guests to the Blackheath house. The guests are very different from one another, and of course have all kinds of secrets of their own that we will uncover.
Because of this quite confusing setting, the start of the book can feel slow. There are a lot of characters involved (there’s a helpful list of characters and a map of locations provided), and switching perspective between them can make things even more confusing. But if you just keep on reading, the murder day will become more clear just like it does for the main character.
I think this book had a very unique approach to a murder mystery. I actually hope to see more of these “escape room” type of books in the future. Not much else I can say about this book without spoiling the reading experience too much. 🙂
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle fills these prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing this year:
The book has an unreliable narrator (Helmet Reading Challenge)
The narrator/main character knows as little as you about anything. 🙂
A book with a map (Popsugar Reading Challenge)
The map and list of characters were frequently in use to keep up with the plot.
Reading can be such a comfort in these times. ❤