ARC REVIEW: 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE

  • THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE
  • Author: Stuart Turton
  • Publication: September 18, 2018
  • Source: Advance Readers’ Edition
  • Rating: ♥♥♥

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…

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I received an advance reader’s copy from Netgalley but this does not affect or influence my review.

I always fall for synopsis like this one, and I also couldn’t help but get confused all the time by its title from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but they do have a totally different plot so.. Anyway, who wouldn’t get interested in this kind of concept right? To actually solve a mystery on how and why one of the characters die then you solve it by living the same day over and over again!

Concepts are all amazing, we know that, but sometimes however good or amazing your ideas are wouldn’t really matter if they’re not executed properly. It also sets the mood and the standard of the reader in the “pre-reading” phase. I had too much expectation and too much anticipation on the actions and twists involved in the story but I didn’t get it from the book.

Let me start by describing that the concept of waking up from one body to another then back to it again was never a problem for me as a reader because I’m used to it. This is not the first book that made that up, but I don’t know how the author wrote it in a very confusing and sequential but unsequential way. I just couldn’t catch up, you need to take notes and actually have written maps and time for it. There were really moments that I was surprised by the revelation and I was also confused who the real culprit was, but I did have an idea who was responsible for everything I just didn’t know how the crime is gonna be done.

The ending was also disappointing because I was expecting more, but I think I am more disappointed on the lack of backstory on how this actually started, like how Blackheath was made and why.

Overall, I rated 3 barely shining stars because, I told you, I love the concept. I almost DNF-ed this book but the thought that I did finish the book because I wanted to know what really happened actually says so much of how thrilling the book is.

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