Welcome to another Quotable Thursday!
This week I’m reading The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turtan. It’s an ARC I picked up from NetGalley. I remember seeing something about this book last fall that really peaked my interest, but I couldn’t remember what when I dived into my ARC.
I’m glad I didn’t re-read the book summary that made me add this to my TBR in the first place, as it’s been fun going into this book blindly and discovering what’s going on along with the main character.
For this week’s quote, let’s take a peek at how 7½ Deaths begins:
I forget everything between footsteps.
“Anna!” I finish shouting, snapping my mouth shut in surprise.
My mind has gone blank. I don’t know who Anna is or why I’m calling her name. I don’t even know how I got here. I’m stood in a forest, shielding my eyes from the spitting rain. My heart’s thumping, I reek of sweat and my legs are shaking. I must have been running but I can’t remember why.
“How did—” I’m cut short by the sight of my own hands. They’re bony, ugly. A stranger’s hands. I don’t recognize them at all.
Feeling the first touch of panic, I try to recall something else about myself: a family member, my address, age…anything, but nothing’s coming. I don’t even have a name. Every memory I had a few seconds ago is gone.
Great beginning, right?! Like I said, it’s been a lot of fun having a narrator that is in the dark and discovering things as he does.
Fun fact about this book: It was released in the UK this past February with it’s original title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. There was some kind of issue with the title in the US which required the title change from Seven to 7½. Expected US publication is 4 September 2018.