The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Mr B's review
Mr B’s Christmas Catalogue Review 2018
What do you get if you cross a game of Cluedo with ‘Groundhog Day’, and then throw in a little body-jumping? We follow Aiden Bishop, a guest at the Hardcastles’ soiree who finds himself reliving the day of Evelyn’s murder seven times, each time inhabiting a different guest. As Aiden begins piecing the mystery together, his own situation becomes increasingly twisted. Smart, gripping, and wicked fun – you’ll need your notebook and pencil for this one!
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE BOOKS ARE MY BAG NOVEL AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS DEBUT OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day by way of Agatha Christie and Black Mirror – the most inventive story you’ll read this year
Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed … Again
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…
SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN, I PAPER, FINANCIAL TIMES AND DAILY TELEGRAPH
Complex, fascinating and bewildering…. An astonishingly polished debut — Marcel Berlins * The Times * This book blew my mind. It is utterly original and unique. I couldn’t get it out of my head for days afterwards * Sophie Hannah * Mind-boggling…what a pleasure it is to give oneself up to the book, to be met with discoveries and thrilling upsets at every turn in the labyrinth… it’s the story that triumphs, with a series of last-minute revelations as dazzling as the finale of a fireworks show * Guardian * The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a mind-bending mash-up of Agatha Christie, Quantum Leap and Groundhog Day. If it isn’t made into a film in the very near future, I’ll eat my deerstalker — Jake Kerridge * Sunday Express * Dazzling … Bracingly original, fiendishly clever … Quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, and altogether triumphant. I wish I’d written it * A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window * Prepare to have your brain fried and your mind blown… an exhilarating, unsettling and invigoratingly original read — Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Express * I hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of crime. Seven Deaths is unique, energising and clever. So original, a brilliant read … I tore through it * Ali Land, author of Sunday Times bestseller Good Me, Bad Me * Stuart Turton’s remarkable debut is something the reader will not have encountered before * Financial Times * Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other * Sarah Pinborough * An original and high concept murder mystery, this is welcome rescue in a sea of psychological thrillers * Stylist, `The 20 Must-Read Books of 2018′ * It deserves to be a stonkingly popular hit …Outstandingly enjoyable and addictive * Sunday Express * Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day in the tightly plotted The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle * Good Housekeeping * Audaciously inventive, gripping and original * Louise O’Neill, author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It * Murder mystery goes into overdrive in this mind-blowingly original debut … It’s whodunnit heaven * Saga * A huge, crumbling mansion, a masquerade ball, exploding fireworks, a devastating murder, and Stuart Turton has set the scene for this intricate mystery … Ingenious * Psychologies * A beautifully written, mind-bending whirligig of a book * Adam Hamdy * Dazzling in its complexity, astonishing in its fiendishness and shocking in its sheer audacity. Every page, every character, and every deliciously dark secret is an absolute treat * Anna Stephens, author of the Godblind trilogy * Agatha Christie on time-bending substances … Mind blowing * Eva Dolan * Gloriously inventive, playful and clever, this is a must for mystery fans. I wish I’d written it myself * Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries * I’m green with envy; I wish I’d written this book * Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You * Absolute envy-making bloody murderous brilliance * Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street * An incredibly enjoyable read. Reads like a classic golden age mystery, yet utterly original. Very, very good. — Ragnar Jonasson Wow. Quite brilliant – inventive, fascinating and compulsive * Tom Lloyd, author of the Twilight Reign series * An ingenious dark twist on Groundhog Day … Stuart Turton’s ingenious, twist-filled debut is a crime novel with a difference * Radio Times * The book is outstandingly enjoyable and addictive and, by the end, you may realise that you’ve been so preoccupied with Turton pulling your brain in all directions that you haven’t noticed he’s got your heart in an iron grip as well — Jake Kerridge * Sunday Express * Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! It’s a work of sheer genius. An amazing, unique book that blew my mind * Sarah J Harris * An Agatha Christie yarn tumbling Through The Looking Glass … This utterly original thriller is brilliantly plotted and a real page-turner, with mind-bending twists and turns * Herald * A brilliantly imaginative reworking of the classic country-house murder-mystery * Countryman *
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