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Book 1: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. To be reviewed the 29th of January.

We read the book, we get together, we bring finger food to share, we drink wine, we discussed the book, life and everything in between!

We have been getting together for over two years now, you will enjoy it!

About the book:

Reader’s review:
Just finished reading
The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle.
Not an easy read.
Evelyn is going to be killed. Again. Every night her murder goes unsolved, the gala party where she dies restarts and Aiden is always too late to save her.

The writing is hugely atmospheric, and sets the scene perfectly. The descriptions are rich and detailed. It's almost like stepping back in time and being with these characters, living (and dying) amongst them. The plot is also quite unique in that the story is told over and over with Aiden taking the role of a different character every night with small hints and clues drip fed throughout, almost like a historical 'Groundhog Day' meets 'Cluedo' meets “ Agatha Christie “
However, the plot can never be taken at face value, as nothing is really as it seems and characters constantly surprised me.

It's not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination - there's twists and mysteries that left me completely baffled and had me desperate to understand what was going on, but that's what makes this such a compelling read. You really want to know what happens, as you try to draw conclusions before Aiden.
I found I was especially drawn to Evelyn, and as her story unravels I felt a need to know who killed her.
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“Publisher's Summary
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award Protected content
A brilliantly original high-concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inception by way of Agatha Christie.
'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.... “