Book Review: 8 days and 8 Different Bodies| The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle | Author: Stuart Turton | Published: 2018 by Raven Books | Pages: 505 | Format: Physical


Evelyn Hardcastle dies at 11pm. Every night. The only way to break this cycle is to solve her murder. 

Aiden Bishop has got eight days to solve Evelyn’s murder or he will be stuck in Blackheath forever. However, he finds out that this is not any ordinary murder mystery. There’s a catch. Each day, he wakes up in the body of a different host…and he’s not the only one trying to get out….

With time running out he has to find the killer before…someone kills him…

‘Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight.’

Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Mind-blowingly addictive, Exhilarating and an absolute page-turner”

Now, I’m not the best person to know what makes a good or bad mystery/thriller book, as I’ve not had much experience with the genre. So when I was going into this book, I was going into it pretty blind. All I knew about the premise was that it was a murder mystery with a sci-fi twist. Which… aroused my curiosity to the point where I was impatiently excited and had to snatch my own copy.

And let me tell you, I was blown away by this book. Given that this was his debut novel, Stuart Turton has a remarkable mind to have created this masterpiece.

‘If you don’t solve this problem by midnight…this will all begin again.’

Written from a first person perspective, Stuart Turton really limits the point of view of his readers by placing them inside the main protagonist’s head. He will keep you in the dark, as much as the main protagonist, to illustrate this sense of dread whilst keeping you on the edge of your seats.

However, he will leave you with just enough to keep you up at night wondering what will happen next. It really gives the reader the experience of a true mystery thriller.

‘Your life is in danger’, I blurt out.’

But what makes this book unique is the body switching element that he has added. It is one thing to solve a mystery in your own body and there is another thing trying to solve it whilst being in 8 unknown bodies that you are not used to.

The fact that the reader is transported into different hosts with the main protagonist adds to the thrill as the main character is forced to work with what he has. Especially, if these hosts are being hunted down by the mysterious and ruthless Footman.

‘Run, rabbit,’ he says, his face close to mine. ‘Run.’

It was absolutely brilliant! As a reader, you uncover clues and secrets that are strategically sprinkled throughout the book. With each new information that you find, you are obsessively searching for the next.

Turton has a way of giving you enough information in each chapter that entices you to read the next page… and the next… It was simply ADDICTIVE!

The Tea…

As much is I loved this book and would definitely re-read it time and time again, it is a bit overwhelming. 

I think because the concept of the book is so complex it’s hard to condense it. Which, I applaud Turton for doing so. But even then, there was just so much information that the reader was being bombarded with, it does get a bit difficult to keep up.

However, with that being said. I still love this book.

Overall, I loved everything about this book. From the concept to the implementation. It certainly took me out of a reading slump! Even though I was fairly new to the genre this books has definitely given me a taste and I love it! I definitely am ready to hunt for my next mystery thriller book. 

Fatphobia, Murder, Suicide, Discussions around Rape and Sexual Abuse, Alcohol and Drug Use.

What did you think? Did you love it as much as me? or do you disagree?


Until Next Time,

Jaz xoxo


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