Friday, March 22, 2019

Let's Talk: "The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton

Title: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Genre: Mystery
Page Length: 438 pages
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Date Started: March 12, 2019
Date Finished: March 17, 2019
Rating: 4 // 5 stars

I was very excited about this book when I first heard about it. I hadn't really read many mystery books before but this one sounded right up my alley. I do have to say, I didn't get quite what I was expecting but I still enjoyed this book nonetheless. 

I'll start off with the two issues I had that made me drop my rating a star before I move into why I liked this book. The first of these issues is that the beginning was a bit slow. It was pretty interesting, but compared to the rest of the book, the beginning seemed a lot slower. The other issue is that I didn't connect to the characters whatsoever. This could be attributed to the fact that the main character doesn't remember anything before waking up in this time loop and has to learn about himself as the time goes on. However, even by the end of the book I wasn't attached to any of the characters. It's at the point where I don't even care what happens after the conclusion of this story. 

However, what kept me engaged and had me binge-reading this book in almost one sitting was the mystery. I was so curious and wanted to see how everything turned out. It was a big huge puzzle that I was aching to uncover. I will say that a lot of the time I thought I had finally figured it out only for a new piece of the puzzle to be thrown in. By the end of the book, I was completely caught off guard. 

That is what was so good about this book. The characters were lacking in connection even if they were interesting but it didn't matter because the plot moved so well. It was brilliant when I finally saw how everything tied in together.

The suspense is addicting, the curiosity almost overwhelming, and the conclusion was magnificent. Overall, I do recommend this book if you like mystery novels but don't go into it expecting to fall in the love with the characters. Go into it expecting to be played at every turn.

Thanks for reading!

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