The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

This is a book I read a long time ago, but since it is set to release in this version next month, I am sharing the review only now. 

This is a very tantalizing book, the answer seems just at the corner of our vision. It eludes us the same way it eludes the protagonist(s) of the tale. I have seen a lot of reviews comparing it to groundhog day but it is more complicated than that. I felt like I was trapped in a game of clue(cluedo in the indian version) with no way out.

We are not given the entire picture of what it is to happen in the story and I think I will try to avoid it as well to provide maximum effect(in case you intend to read it, which I think you should).There is to be a death (or more) and the past is valid too. To be as vague as possible, there is one hero but he may not be the person we think he is. He has a task and to see it through he needs to draw on all parts of himself. The entire setup is a loop, and it will take all possible smarts to outsmart the game itself. It is a study of human characters and without the lurking mystery in the background, the whole ensemble is fascinating to dissect. Despite feeling like a big book it was a reasonably easy read. I just got a bit restless towards the end, and that is about the only negative (for me) in this big jigsaw puzzle.

I know this book has been recommended by many others and I am just adding my little voice into that recommendation.

2 thoughts on “The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton”

    1. Phew, I’m glad it made sense. I wrote this as soon as I finished the book and saved it as a draft because I wasn’t sure I could make a coherent case for it much later! Looking forward to your take on it!☺️

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