Today I'll be discussing a mystery I've been dying (hahahaha) to read.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let's begin...
Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others.
GUYS. This book is FREAKING insane. I have NEVER read anything like this. And I know I know, I say that about a lot of books, but I really really mean it this time.
First, I have to thank Thalia over at NYC's The Mysterious Bookshop for this recommendation. I went in one day, told her what kind of books I like, and she pulled out this little gem and told me to "try it out." So Thalia, if you ever stumble upon this one day, kudos to you.
It's kind of hard to explain The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle without spoiling the story, so I'm going to keep this real vague. This novel is a mix between Agatha Christie and Blake Crouch. If Blake Crouch doesn't sound familiar to you, he's the author of Dark Matter (and now Recursion). He writes crazy science fiction novels and is bloody brilliant at it.
Yes, you heard (read?) me correctly. This novel is a blend of mystery and sci-fi. It's great, one of a kind, and you have to go buy it asap.
I'm 100% sure this is going to be one of my favorite novels of 2019. I say one because Riley Sager released a book a couple of days ago and Ruth Ware's is coming out very soon. If you're an avid reader of AZE you know how much I love these two, so there's zero chance that I'll be able to pick a favorite. Don't worry though, this isn't a competition--there's enough room in my heart for all three.
If all that raving didn't convince you, I hope this does... GO BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU LOVE MYSTERY AND SCI-FI or even if you're looking for something different. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle gets this girl's stamp of approval (if that means anything at all).
Have you read this Stuart Turton novel? Come chat with me!