The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
- Narrated by: Jot Davies
- Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-08-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.'
It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.
The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath....
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By elena on 05-12-18
Groundhog day meets Agatha Christie.
Strange slow start in which the first few chapters just seemed like they were repeating each other.I very nearly gave up,but at the point of nearly turning off,my befuddled brain suddenly worked out what was going on....kind of.
The plot is extremely complex,so probably not suitable if you like a simple,easy relaxing romance,but for anyone else,I cannot recommend this book enough.Crime,whodunnit,fantasy,horror (ish),good old fashioned thriller.Think Life After Life,with a dose of Agatha Christie,a slash of Downton Abbey a smattering of Dean Koontz,topped with a sprinkling of Doctor Who's Timey Wimey Stuff.
Once you get past the first few chapters,it takes off and boy does it take off.you won't even notice at which point you become hooked as you realize what is going on.Just when you think you got it,another twist in the plot.You would have to be psychic to guess the ending of this one.
Jot Davies as usual,was excellent in his reading of this fast moving,page turning debut.
I do hope Stuart Turton has a plan to follow this with a sequel.(a), because it was so damn good and (b),because I would love to have Jot Davies reading it.
This is not an easy read-it takes time to get used to the construction,plot,characters and serious weirdness of the book.Stick with it and you will be richly rewarded.A very satisfying and unputdownable listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Wras on 05-16-18
A very hard to sustain conceit or device.
Here is a story that is a kind of science fiction, come detective story, come horror tale but not any of them, in the end, it is just a writers device to spice up a story of redemption and forgiveness. It felt contrived and claustrophobic and repetitive (but that was the warning the title gave), I kept on thinking let's get to the point, and I and the character would be taken back to the same point of the story viewed from a different angle, which did not open any new understandings.
Too much like as nightmare and too long within a conundrum that has no logic except for the one given by the author. It may be fascinating to create this world as a writer, but as a reader, I found it frustrating and without much reward, because in the end, everything had to be explained by one of the characters for it to be understood and have a logic that explained what had happened repeatedly.
Too stylized to feel connected to the character and too repetitive to care for the final outcome. I do not mind putting a bit of hard work for literature, but entertainment should not be this difficult.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful