Book Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle



I would like to shower this book with more than five stars followed by some more sprinkling of stardusts. That’s how much I loved this book. It’s been a hot minute since I fell in love with a book. I have over 250 highlights of Turton’s 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It’s available on my GoodReads. I have it linked at the bottom of this post as well as the side of my blog. I didn’t know until after I finished the book that this book was actually just The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in the UK. 

The very first page made me fall in love with the story. It felt like a vulnerable video game character in a horror game trapped, and from then on you were just fully invested in whatever the main character was doing. I never had a reading slump while reading this book and it has nearly 500 pages. I never try to bother solving the mystery while reading the book, because I know there’s always a key detail that’s going to be withheld by the author until the very end. I was pleasantly surprised with the resolution of this book. I think it’ll be worth a glance to reread this book (hell, I’ll reread it as many times as I want just for the pure fun of it), and see if there were some things I missed the first time I read and see if it can point me to the murderer. 

As abhorrent are the antagonists of this book, I like how the main villain, didn’t have a sappy backstory to cling onto. They were just psychopathic and there wasn’t any rhyme or reason that you could explain their behavior. It’s just their natural disposition. I thought that was also, very well done. 

I felt really sad when I checked the ratings for this book on GoodReads, and a lot of people thought it was just mid :( I guess they just didn’t have the patience to read it as I did. 

I’ve included all of the elements of this book that I enjoyed below and trigger warnings as well. I hope you end up liking it a lot too, because I certainly did. Please let me know if you plan on picking this up or if you’ve already read it. I’d love to discuss this book a little bit more in the comment section below. As  always, thanks for reading and take care! 

Tags: amnesia, enemies to lover (but done so masterfully, I refused to even believe it falls under this typical trope), horror, violence, old money aesthetic, vintage feel, time travel, time loop, murder mystery, act of service - love language, hosts, (tw: suicide), sleeping with the enemy (brief love-making scene), poison, atmospheric, plague doctors, futuristic criminal system, alliance, betrayal, chess, strategic thinking.  

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ 



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