The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of those books that I feel you have to read a couple of times to take it all in. I personally won’t be reading it again, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it for the most part.

The novel starts out in the midst of the action, following a man who has lost his memory and who believes he has witnessed a murder. The introduction was great in the sense that it left me just as bewildered, confused and anxious as the protagonist. Why wouldn’t people listen, how did they seem to know what he didn’t and who the hell was he?

From there, the protagonist moves from body to body and mind to mind, allowing us to experience an array of point of views and personalities. As someone who likes to know everything about everyone, this was particularly enjoyable.

I can’t say too much about the plot without giving anything away so I will stick to saying this:

A really fun and adventurous read, you won’t be able to see the twists and turns coming because there are SO many factors at play, which can be a touch confusing.

The ending wasn’t the ending I was looking for though I’m not sure what else would have worked in it’s place. Morals can sometimes take the fun out of a good story, and I didn’t find the level of closure believable.

I do hope there are more, similar stories like this out there because it is a really fun concept. In the mean time, it’s back to thrillers for the rest of winter for me!

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