The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Don’t miss this book.


The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Note that the original title to this book is The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

By Stuart Turton

Rating: 5/5 Stairs

712DeathsI just finished this book and all I can say is wow. What a unique concept. I remember I read a summary for this book last November and I was excited about it, but I really couldn’t remember the exact premise of the story. I jumped at the chance when I saw an opportunity to get an ARC of this book, and then dove in blindly. I’m so glad I did.

If you missed it, check out my Quotable Thursday to see how this book begins.

Going in blind, I started out just as confused as Sebastian Bell as he wakes up running through the forest shouting the name “Anna!” and suffering from complete amnesia. I loved experiencing the twists and turns of the story with him as we both learned who he was and what’s doing at Blackheath. I found myself reading late into the night on this one.

So what exactly is this book about? At the end of my copy there is “A Conversation with the Author.” One question asks about his inspiration. Answer:

I love time travel, Agatha Christie, and the eighties classic Quantum Leap, and over time a book emerged from hat beautiful quagmire.

I really don’t want to say any more here. I don’t want to give anything away. If you want to know more of what the book is about before you pick it up (what?! you don’t trust me?), check out the summary on Goodreads. It does have some minor spoilers to the creativity of the plot. I will go as far as to say that I’m adding this book to my Time Travel 101 curriculum.

Fantastic concept, great setting, and interesting characters. Don’t miss this mystery.

Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

6 thoughts on “The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Don’t miss this book.

    • I haven’t read Seven Husbands (just looked it up and added it to my list!), but someone did ask the author this question on goodreads. His answer was “Complete coincidence – that’s why we had to change the US title to 7 1/2 Deaths.” Thus answering my question of the title change from the UK printing. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • I hope you like it! The way he wrote it is so interesting. I saw one reviewer compare it to the ending of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. But it’s the whole book!


  1. Pingback: TTT: Favorite Reads of 2018 | Hidden Staircase

Sit down and share a cuppa with me. Let's discuss.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s