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Published by Bloomsbury Australia on March 1, 2018
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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...
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is one of the most unique and mind-boggling mystery novels I’ve ever read. A man wakes up in the middle of a forest with no recollection of who he is, or how he got there. He only has a hint of a name on the tip of his tongue, and that’s Anna.
It’s hard to explain the premise of this novel is a succinct and linear way. Because this book is in no way linear. In any fashion. A dozen or so guests are visiting Blackheath manor for a celebration — a celebration of the anniversary of the murder of the Hardcastle family’s eldest son. As fireworks are set off that the end of the night, the young daughter of the family is killed, but it doesn’t appear to be a murder, so the murderer is never caught.
Day after day, Evelyn Hardcastle dies at the end of the night and the day repeats itself until Aiden, the man that woke up with no memories in the middle of the forest, solves the mystery of who killed Evelyn. Aiden wakes up each day in the body of a different guest — he has eight hosts, and eight full days to solve the mystery, otherwise the cycle begins again and he cannot leave Blackheath.
“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’s hard to summarise how crazy the plot for Seven Deaths truly is. Turton has intricately plotted each and every page, chapter and twist — making it hard to fault any part of this book. I was kept on my toes the whole way through, and while I tried my best to guess the ending, I definitely did not even get close to how it unfolded.
I am a sucker for character development, and Turton gave this to the reader in spades. While we follow one character throughout the novel — Aiden — it’s hard to surmise who Aiden really is as a person, because his true personality is not revealed while he’s staying in Blackheath. What the readers get instead, is Aiden in eight different hosts, each with their own unique quirks and personalities, all which play a role in aiding him in solving the mystery of Evelyn’s death.
Turton is a true genius in having come up with such a farfetched plot. Yet everything just worked, with each word and clue placed throughout in very thoughtful ways. While the ending was not what I expected (and I can’t say I loved how it ended), I appreciated the time and dedication it took to pull off such an intricately plotted book. I would definitely pick up Seven Deaths again. If you’re a lover of mysteries that keep you on your toes, definitely give this one a go.
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia and Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.