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review 2018-10-07 19:20
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton

Stuart Turton has written a cleverly structured novel, but then this story is overly confusing, overwrought and it just doesn´t make any kind of sense. It´s one of those books where the author prefers style over substance and I´m sorry, but I just don´t enjoy books like these.

 

And the premise was so good: Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day. What could possibly go wrong? Admittedly, after having passed the first 50 pages, Turton knows how to write a story that keeps you glued to the pages and I kind of liked it for the most part. Even though I have been confused all the time, the book has been 200 pages too long and the writing´s been a bit clumsy at times:

 

“My brother was murdered by a chap called Charlie Carver, one of our groundskeepers,” says Michael calmly, as though declaring the racing results.

Aghast that I could forget something so horrific, I stammer out an apology.

“I´m…I´m sorry, that must have been- “

 

Well, the actual stammering says it all, doesn´t it? No need to tell the reader that he is stammering.

 

Unfortunately, I didn´t get a satisfactory ending to the story. Within the first 100 pages a weird character made an appearance and I was wondering, how Turton is going to explain him away. And 60 pages before the novel ends the explanation was giving and it felt like I was hitting a brick wall at full speed. Spending 440 pages with a book just to get presented with such a ridiculous solution to the story … at that point I became massively annoyed. What is the point of writing a story, if you don´t know how to give it a proper ending?

 

I wish I would have liked this book more, but in the end I´m utterly disappointed by it.

 

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text 2018-10-07 17:28
Reading progress update: I've read 458 out of 505 pages.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton

Erm .... What?

 

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text 2018-10-06 18:08
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 505 pages.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton

Just finished one locked room mystery, starting another one. This one seems to be heavily inspired by the movie Groundhog Day.

 

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(My favorite scene in the whole movie).

 

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review 2018-09-17 05:49
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton

Think Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day with the body hopping of Quantum Leap and you have the gist of this one. The story has a Gothic feel and for every question our protagonist finds an answer to, there's another question or predicament to deal with. We aren't given much information about the main character in the beginning, which is a bit of a double-edged sword. His confusion is conveyed quite well, but since we don't know any more than he does, it doesn't give the reader much in the way of a connection with Aiden. I was curious about why he was stuck bouncing around and becoming other people, but without anything personal, it's hard to find much empathy for him. The story is a little like being told about the events of one day from several points of view, but some characters were more distinctive than others so at times, the jumps from one person to another led to some confusion. For me, this one had its ups and downs, but it did keep me reading, trying to figure things out - sometimes trying to solve the puzzle and sometimes just trying to figure out what was going on. The author certainly has a way with words, and the book is loaded with some absolutely brilliant prose, so I would certainly read other works by him. 

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review 2018-09-11 13:20
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton

Basically this is Grounhog Day meets Tales of the Unexpected meets classic country house mystery. And it is cleverly done but unfortunately it did not work for me...it is well written and the characters are well developed but it felt so chaotic, so forced. Of course, the fact that none of the characters were endearing is both an asset and a drawback.

No,sorry,it just didn't work for me...

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