Review of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

*This review contains mild spoilers*

In this book, every day at 11pm Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11pm. Aiden Bishop is tasked with solving this murder in order to break this horrific cycle, however, each day he wakes up in a different “host” that are varying degrees of helpful in saving Evelyn.

Honestly, this book is the wildest fever dream you’ve ever had mixed with Inception with a hefty dollop of thriller to keep things interesting. Up until the 53rd chapter Turton’s work had absolutely captivated me. This concept was so different than the mystery/thriller plots that I’m typically drawn to that I simply couldn’t put it down. I was so grateful that I had found this book during my Covid quarantine throughout Christmas and New Years. However, after the true story behind Aiden and Anna was revealed, the remaining seven chapters felt quite strained and a bit insufferable to push through. Instead of devouring each page on the edge of my seat, I found myself fairly drained by these characters. Without giving too much away, I found the pseudo-happily-ever-after for two of the characters to be far-fetched and frustrating. 

Ultimately, reading this book felt like riding an emotional rollercoaster while simultaneously trying to solve a geometry proof. I still feel the need to rate this book rather highly because it was so captivating for so long. However, after so much emotional turmoil as a reader, I was disappointed with how everything shook out in the end. 

3.5 out of 5 stars

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