The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle || Groundhog Day Repetitive Nonsense

Title: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Page Count: 432 pages
Genre: Science Fiction || Fiction
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo


“Gosford Park” meets “Groundhog Day” by way of Agatha Christie – the most inventive story you’ll read this year.

Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed… again.

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…


In hindsight I probably should’ve read the synopsis because as soon as I realized this was going to be a “Groundhog” repeat the same day plot device I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy this one. It was a gruelling read. I can’t believe I got to the end. And then once I finished it I promptly forgot everything that happened.
The old English style of writing was difficult for me to connect with because not only was it a different writing style but the entire plot had me dozing off. This book was a recipe for disaster for me. I didn’t like the characters. In fact I cannot even tell you if there’s anything I liked about any of the characters. That mixed with the repeat every day nonsense made me want to give up entirely. I kept going though. Only to be more frustrated by every mystery that kept building.
This was definitely not a read for me and I have to remove it from my household immediately. I am of unpopular opinion on this one though. Goodreads has people raving about it. So take what you will from this review.

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