The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Source: Netgalley
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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Even the title is cool, despite the boring looking cover. But if you have read the story, you would understand the items on the four corners of the cover. On the synopsis, you have the gist of things: someone called Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die. The first page features an invitation to a party, including names of all the people who would be attending. Then the story starts with someone disorientated and lo behold! Doesn’t remember anything.

While it may be annoying to some (I was annoyed, I assure you) but it had to be done. The whole setting of the story does include some need for that, and the character/ you soon realise that you have to start afresh. Much like a brand new video game that you would love to rage quit.


There are a lot of characters in this book, which makes it confusing when I say that it is only 3 that you have to be concerned with. I will impart to you the name of the main character: Aiden Bishop. The poor chap who seems to have lost his memory, and learning things as he go along.

Anna- the girl who is helping him, the question that needs a lot of answers to. From the beginning, her status in the book is unknown. As we go along the mystery, her role becomes clearer as Aiden tries to find an elegant solution to their problems.

The Footman- The main villain in the story. Only known as the Footman, Aiden has to avoid him like a plague, or risk getting killed. Closely linked with the story, the footman is like an additional mini boss that Aiden has to deal with.


If you are a fan of Poirot Hercule and his Murder of the Orient Express, sorry to say that this is nothing like it. In fact, this story is told using a unique technique, any books that comes after would be a mere copy. Of course, in experience, people always innovate right? But I will remember this book for its execution and eloquence of flow. From the start you know that Evelyn Hardcastle will die, there is no question about it.

But, seriously.

Why 7½ ? Those who are asking this particular question should get on and read this awesome book. Because not only it has a solid mystery, it also has a lot of red herrings swimming around.


I would vote this as the best mystery genre, solely mystery as the whole book is one big one. So far it has recommendations by Marie Claire, but I am sure you will like it too.

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