As I sit here and ponder over how best to put forward my thoughts in appropriate review fashion, I feel a lot like I felt as I wrote the Review of The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I think I might have been clear enough in that so I shall use that as inspiration as I get into it.
To begin with, this book is set to release in February and has had quite a few rave reviews in the blogging community. My experience with it was slightly different but bear with me as I explain why. As I do that, I will try to give an accurate picture of what to expect from it so that you can actually try it before you decide on your own. This is a highly layered book. There are a lot of connections and loops that make sense as we move forwards,backwards and sideways in time. The base of the story is the discovery and normalization of time travel among a select ‘mentally stable’ group of individuals. The formation of the organization is the actual past. Then we have the present where a granddaughter is trying to gain control and make sense of her life. There are a lot of peripheral but important characters who make crucial appearances which actually was the thing I liked about the book, the sighting of these people and guessing at their purpose and role in the currently ongoing events. There is also an unidentified body which starts another sequence of events (or in one form of thought, the result of a sequence of events). Women form a very large part of the story and the men are but a background feature.
This brings me to why it was not completely my cup of tea. I went in with a lot of excitement, but felt a little let down by the people’s thought process. Everything that occurs ultimately felt futile (to me). Every time I picked up a chain of events to follow it to the end, I was not really happy with where I found myself. This as clearly indicated is a personal feeling. Do check out the book to see if the uniqueness of the plot makes your day.
I am grateful to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a chance to read an advance copy of the book.
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