[REVIEW] The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton @BloomsburyRaven

I have seen this book all over social media and when I say all over I truly mean all over – Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Youtube and book blogs. What first attracted me to it was the synopsis because it sounds so good and unique. I’m sure that the synopsis of Seven Deaths will intrigue every lover of mystery books (if one could classify it as such).

The story revolves around one woman called Evelyn Hardcastle who upon attending a party thrown for her by her parents gets murdered. This happens every night and the quest of saving Evelyn falls upon one man called Aiden Bishop. Aiden re-lives this whole day through the eyes of different guests and what he’s tasked with is solving the mystery around Evelyn’s death. But solving her death is very tricky and Aiden must give his all in order to find out the truth behind her death[s].

I have kept this synopsis short and sweet because it’s all you need before going in. The first question that pops into my mind is – is Seven Deaths worth the hype it got and still gets? I would say that it is because it offers something unique and something I haven’t read before. The story is complex and interesting and very rich in terms of characters and happenings. Because I’ve been busy with tests/exams I’ve been reading it for a longer period than usual but I have to note that I’ve read around 400 pages in two days which says something about the book as well as Turton’s writing. I found the characters as well as different timelines to be confusing at times because a lot of stuff happens in it. I enjoyed the mystery around Evelyn as well as Aiden’s attempts at trying to figure out what exactly happens every night. The last one-hundred pages were so good and fast-paced that I couldn’t look away so even though I was in class at one point I just kept reading instead of paying attention [sorry professor]. I love the complexity of the story Turton has created because even when I was trying to guess what Aiden was missing, Turton managed to add a new layer to the story and point to a different direction. I found the conclusion to the book to be very interesting and wanted at least twenty more pages just so I could see what happened! What bothered me the most and what I mentioned at the beginning are the characters and switching timelines but other than that I found the book to be such a strong mystery.

If you’re someone who gets sort of distanced when it comes to hyped-up books I can assure you that with this one you won’t be disappointed because it will thrill you, mislead you and entertain you. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle stands as a strong mystery book and one of the most interesting ones I’ve read in a while.

I would like to thank the publisher Bloomsbury UK (Raven Books) for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and weren’t influenced by the fact that I got this book free from the publisher.

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Stuart Turton lives in London with his amazing wife and daughter. He drinks lots of tea.

What else?

​When he left university he went travelling for three months and stayed away for five years. Every time his parents asked when he’d be back he told them next week, and meant it.

Stuart is not to be trusted. In the nicest possible way.

He’s got a degree in English and Philosophy, which makes him excellent at arguing and terrible at choosing degrees.

Having trained for no particular career, he has dabbled in most of them. He stocked shelves in a Darwin bookshop, taught English in Shanghai, worked for a technology magazine in London, wrote travel articles in Dubai, and now he’s a freelance journalist. None of this was planned, he just kept getting lost on his way to other places…

Find him on: Website, Goodreads and Twitter.

19 thoughts on “[REVIEW] The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton @BloomsburyRaven

  1. Great review, Nikola. Like you, I have seen this book everywhere. However, I have been hesitant to pick it because of the hype. I don’t know what goes wrong with me and hyped books, we don’t usually click. Glad that you enjoyed this one so much. You have made me reconsider reading it.

    Ps: You reading in class took me back. I can’t count just how many times I have done with an addictive read 🙂

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  2. I probably benefited from reading this back in February before most of the hype formed around it but I think it should live up to most people’s expectations. I certainly loved it and have been trying to persuade pretty much every one to read it.

    I will admit all of the characters and timelines get a bit confusing and I think this is the first book where I’ve actually kept notes as I read (it did help) but it certainly kept me occupied when I was snowed in. Totally agree too that it could have done with a few more pages at the end, I wanted to know what happened but I suppose I have to grudgingly admit that it was probably the right place to stop. Probably too much to hope for a sequel but it’ll be interesting to see what Turton writes next

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    • I think that I would’ve been blown away by it more if I have read it before the hype. The hype does affect readers’ expectations which might ruin the joy of the book for some.

      I would also say that it’s a book that should be read a bit more carefully – by this I mean with bit more focus – since it’s complex. I definitely agree with you on the sequel and look forward to what Turton comes up with next!


  3. This has been one of my favorite books of the year; I have yet to figure out how Turton came up with his plot and kept all the characters straight! I thought it was just genius. I was confused at first too but then I was blown away. I, too, cannot imagine what he will write next! I read somewhere that it took him 4 or 5 years to write this so he said it would take a while for book #2, lol! LOL, being a university professor I had to laugh at you reading during your lectures! You’re terrible… 😉 ♥ Okay…I did that too when I was getting my degree, especially my graduate degree because I was bored out of my mind. I’m sure you’re happy that the semester is almost over (right?)? I know professors are…final exam time is awful for us too with all the grading. I love holiday break, lol!! Wonderful review, Nikola!!

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    • So glad to hear that you found it to be your favourite book of this year! Ah, yes the wait begins for the 2nd one! 😀 Hahah I couldn’t stop reading the last 60 pages I had to find out what happened!! Yeah, the semester is almost over and the exams are about to begin soon! YEES, praise the holiday break! Thank you so much, dear Steph!

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      • It’s definitely on my top 10 list although that keeps changing all the time, haha! I know! It was so tense and spell-binding! I lost sleep reading it! Exams for my students start Mon…yeah me and them, lol. I know they will be glad when it’s over and so will I because grading close to 100 final exam essays is a chore. Thank God for holiday breaks!! They are the best…well until summer, haha! Good luck on your exams, my friend! You’re so welcome! ♥

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