The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (…and why I’m obsessed with the book)

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1800s. The  Blackheath Manor is filled with guests.

A grand party is being held by Lord Hardcastle and his family. But Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die this evening. And she will keep dying every evening of the same day, until Aiden Bishop manages to solve the mystery of her murder.

But there’s more rules to this sinister game.

Aiden will wake up on the same day over and over, but inside the body of a different person each time. He has eight days. Eight chances to solve this and get away from this hell, or his memories will be reset and the hell will start all over.

An original, captivating mystery

This book will keep you on your toes all the way to the end. Refreshingly original and inventive, the plot is constructed in such an intelligent way, that it resembles an elaborate labyrinth. This is Agatha Christie meeting Groundhog Day, assisted by Arthur Conan Doyle. The plot is an unbelievable puzzle, whose pieces the reader thinks they are putting together, only to find out they were wrong. This happens again and again, keeping the reader constantly surprised, their brain gears twisting through these 400 pages.

The book is filled with interesting characters constructed in unbelievable details. Tailored in a way you can never be sure whether to like or hate a character, you will strive to understand whom to trust, and what role each of them can play in this sinister game.

Mystery at its best

The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a masterpiece of the mystery genre, one of the best ones I have personally read through my life. Never dull for a second, it kept me entertained to the maxim, and at the same time it felt like it delivered a lot of hard life lessons on my plate.

Strongly recommended for the fans of mysteries, but also for anyone looking to try a book of this genre. This is a book you will get obsessed with , losing sleep over finishing it. And it is definitely worth it!