ARC REVIEW: The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hard Castle by Stuart Turton

ARC REVIEW: The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hard Castle by Stuart Turton

Hey, lovelies!

I would like to start by saying thanks to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is only my second ARC review so I’m still getting the hang of things but luckily my first 2 reads have been great!


Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once.

Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…


My Thoughts:

Wow. This book is one wild ride. I think this is one of the only (or very few) books that I can honestly say I had no idea how it was going to end.

For the first few chapters, I had no idea what was going on as I didn’t re-read the synopsis before starting the book as I like to be surprised and Turton definitely surprised me.

This murder mystery is truly unique which is a rare thing in this day and age. All the twist is and turns left me guessing. As I’m sure you can tell from the synopsis, this book is extremely interesting. It reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel but slightly crazier and more out-there.

My favourite thing about this novel was the setting. Blackheath was like something straight out of a gothic novel. Turton’s descriptions are so vivid and detailed that I can picture the dusty, decrepit building and all of its inhabitants. His characters are all so different and watching Aiden navigate his way through each of them really added to the strength of the novel. I would have loved if Aiden went into some of the female characters such as Lucy or Grace to give the narrative more depth, but I did still enjoy it as it is.

I would love to go into detail about all of the twists and turns to really do this book justice, but I can’t bring myself to spoil it for anyone! You will have to just trust me that this book is worth the read!

Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

8 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hard Castle by Stuart Turton

  1. Wow, this book sounds so exciting. It is definitely giving me And Then There Were None vibes but with a refreshing twist. I have this on my TBR on goodreads but I think I want to place it higher on my list now lol.


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