Paperback Perils: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Title: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Publication Date: 2018
Publishing House: Sourcebooks Landmark

If 2020 has done nothing else it has given me the chance to take a lot of books from the want to read list and move them to the read list. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has been on the list since I first read the synopsis.

Synopsis from Goodreads

At a party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed – again.

She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. The only way to break this cycle is to identify Evelyn’s killer. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is desperate to stop him ever escaping Blackheath…

I don’t read a lot of thrillers but do enjoy the occasional one and this one is different. Aiden Bishop has eight days to find the killer of Evelyn Hardcastle. Each day he is in the body of a new host and has to fight with his hosts natural personality. One host is a coward, one a creep, a detective, and a childish man among others. This book keeps you on your toes because you never know what personality traits Aiden is going exhibit and have to fight against in his new host. Who he is and what he believes pushes through it all though.

Parts of this book are frustrating. Aiden fights what he must do for a time and it is annoying as the reader, you just want to tell him, solve the freaking murder! His fight though gives the story more depth and allows you to get to know the hosts better.

I suggest this book to fans of thrillers, for fans of mystery, and for those who wonder who actually did kill Evelyn Hardcastle. Happy reading!

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