The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle in order to escape the curse in a world filled with enemies where nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781492657965
Branch Call Number: FIC TURTON
Characteristics: 435 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Crime Fiction

"Groundhog Day" meets "And Then There Were None" in this mystery featuring a detective who wakes up in a different body every day. Suggested by Marie B.

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Jun 19, 2019

Really? A mystery? I tried to stick with it but after the same stuff over and over and, well, you get the idea, I threw in the towel at 35%. The book seems to be very popular so I guess I'm missing something.

May 27, 2019

I did not enjoy reading this novel. Rather, I kept moving forward through the quagmire of the plot hoping to make sense of it all. It was described as an Agatha Christie type murder mystery. But Agatha Christie has never been a chore to read. This book has too many characters, too many days and times to keep track of. The author, himself, admitted he had to utilize a wall of Post-it Notes and an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of it all. It's a clever premise, I suppose, but way too confusing. When I read a work of fiction, I want to be transported into another time and place. I don't want to have to take notes and make cross references. That's too much work and detracts from the pleasure of reading. I do not recommend this novel.

Apr 18, 2019

As I read this I tried to picture how the author managed to keep track of all the details and how he kept track of the perspectives of the different people involved in hosting the body. I am glad I persevered to the end. The story was original with lots of twists. Even if it wasn’t my favorite book, I applaud the author for creativity.

Apr 12, 2019

Solid 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for storyline creativity!
I loved the uniqueness of this mystery - it was well crafted and extremely outside of your typical mystery novel. You really have to use your imagination to follow the storyline.
One of the downfalls I had with this book was that there were A LOT of characters to keep track of and you will need to constantly check the cast of characters referenced in the beginning of the book - it was almost too much for me to keep up with. The revealed mystery conclusion wasn't a jaw dropper - I was expecting a more shock value as to the "who dunnit" was.
If you are needing a book cleanse of your typical genre, I highly recommend giving this quirky book a try!

Apr 07, 2019

There is so much I could say about this book and yet I feel kind of stumped about what to say. It's Agatha Christie in the Twilight Zone. It's a very interesting read and a very unique concept - the author himself describes it as a "time-travel, body-hopping, murder-mystery novel". There are A LOT of characters in the book and I struggled at times to keep them straight (thankfully there is a key). When I finished the book, I felt tempted to read it again and take copious notes of who did what in which character and to backtrack and figure out my unanswered questions and things I had missed (like why did Felicity do what she did?) but I decided to just leave it as it left me. As I wrote that last part I realized that that's also kind of a theme of the book - crazy!

Mar 26, 2019

I am going to start out with my rating, something I don't believe I have ever started a review with. I give this book 3 stars. I think I am the minority when it came to loving this book. Let me explain why...

This is one of the most confusing books I have ever read. There are so many characters, and each chapter is told first-person from a new character. Somehow I was supposed to remember each character from the previous chapter while starting a new chapter. Oh, and it also switches between past and present. It was just too much.

The murder mystery aspect and weird layout of how the story is told did keep me reading though. I needed to find out what the heck was going on. I had to find out. I'm getting ahead of myself. Here is the description of the novel:

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed--again. She's been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden's only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle's murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend--but nothing and no one are quite what they seem. ~taken from Goodreads

It sounds like an amazing book, right? I fell in love with the premise and was really excited when I was granted access to the early read by Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark. The first few chapters had me hooked! Then, I just got so confused that I got frustrated. I then lost interest and simply read so that I could make it to the end.

Speaking of the ending, it was just "MEH". I remember shaking my head and thinking "I put myself though all this just for it to end like that?". I wasn't fulfilled and actually wished this book that seemed to last forever was actually a bit longer so I could get a full resolution.

I have to give credit to the author. He is obviously brilliant to write this type of a plot in the way he did. It's a very complex set up. I hate to say it, but because there were so many things going on, it might click better in my mind if there were a movie and I could see it all play out.

All that said, I might actually give this another chance and read it again. One of the things that really kept me confused was the main character's back story. Had that been told near the beginning, I could have focused less on "what is happening" and more on getting to know each character and where they fit in the overall story.

Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for allowing me an advanced ecopy to read and give my honest review.

Mar 08, 2019

Rather weird, rather long, very convoluted

Mar 06, 2019

Each time the narrator wakes up he is inhabiting a different body. For me this book is kind of reminiscent of Agatha Christie murder mysteries. It takes place at an out of the way home with lots of suspicious characters and you never really know what's going on. That, for me, was it's downfall. I felt like I was confused about what was going on much of the time. Maybe that was the idea...but for me this book was more like work than something to relax and enjoy.

Feb 07, 2019

I'm in the minority but DNF at page 218. decided I didn't care who killed evelyn hardcastle or why.

Jan 05, 2019

This is possibly one of the most intriguing novels I have ever read. Filled with a cast of characters that are hard to imagine to be in one place. Aiden Bishop finds himself in the body of different hosts as he tries to find out the answer to the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. As the story progresses more questions arise, more things are revealed as he lives the same day over and over and over again searching for the final answer. But when the why and wherefore of the whole journey is revealed your mind will be blown. Intense and indescribable this is a book that you will want to read again to see how many clues you may have missed along the way. If you love a great mystery you will love this book and be captured by the concept, the characters and the plot. wOw!!!!!

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