The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Ham House and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Available at the library.

Evelyn Hardcastle, the daughter of the house, is murdered and it is up to Aiden to solve the murder. He has been given the unusual ability of being able to inhabit the bodies of seven of the guests, thus being able to see the day through their eyes. The problem is that he never knows who he will inhabit and where he will end up. He has one day to solve the murder because at the end of the day the loop starts again. Will he ever get to the right answer and win the chance to escape?

As you will know from earlier posts, I read The Devil and The Dark Water by Stuart Turton at the beginning of August and I enjoyed it so much that I was interested to see what else he had written. I found this book on the Library App Libby and had to read it.

This book was well thought out and full of twists and turns which all eventually came together. Every time you thought you knew what was going on there was another curve ball thrown in. The characters that Aiden inhabits are all different and each with their own secrets and dramas that Aiden has to fight through in order to get the answers that he wants both now and in the future.

The setting of Blackheath with its crumbling buildings, woodlands and a lake and the stormy weather, all adds to the darkness and fear of the book. That together with all the characters dark secrets and a ticking clock you end up anxious for the answer!

Whilst I loved all the twists and turns, and was totally gripped at some points, desperately wanting to know whether Aiden would make the right choices, it did take a while to get to the answer. There was also so much going on in the past, present and future all at the same point that it was sometimes hard to remember who was who, what they had done and when they had done it. It was for this reason that I marked it 4.5 instead of 5.

If you love a complex murder mystery then this book is for you!

⭐Rated 4.5/5⭐

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