Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Aiden Bishop will relive the day that Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered eight times, each time in the body of a different party guest. If Aiden doesn’t solve the murder by the end of the eighth day he will have to start all over again, with no memory of his previous attempts.

I feel like I’m a bit late to the party with this book, but I finally got a copy from the library.

I’m glad a got a physical copy of this book, rather than an ebook, as I love books with maps inside the cover, and I really liked the pages with the invitations.

As I’d seen quite a bit about this book before reading it, I had some ideas going in of what the story would be. I expected that there would be some kind of build up or explanation to explain how Aiden got there, but there’s no build up and we start with Aiden as one of the party guests, not knowing what is going on. We discover what is happening, and what the rules are, as Aiden does.

The plot is so much more complex than I was expecting. This isn’t a beach read, this is a book that you need to give your full attention to and it quickly sucks you in. There are lots of twists and I never managed to guess the ending.

I think this book would work really well as a TV special, rather than a movie, with one day as one episode (roughly).

My rating: 5 stars

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