The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Paperback)Stuart Turton (author)
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Waterstones Thriller of the Month for October 2018
Described as Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, this is a novel unlike any other. One of the most highly-anticipated debuts of 2018, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle merges the glamour and intrigue of classic murder mystery tropes with an innovative, chinese box narrative that leaves the reader guessing until the very end. A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent
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...
‘Original’, ‘unique’, ‘fiendishly clever’ and ‘remarkable’: critics have been knocked for six by Stuart Turton’s mind-blowing take on the country house thriller. The setup – a murder, a set of assembled guests – seems familiar, but the execution is anything but. Simply unmissable.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 374 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Complex, fascinating and bewildering.... An astonishingly polished debut' - Marcel Berlins, The Times
'This book blew my mind. It is utterly original and unique. I couldn't get it out of my head for days afterwards' - Sophie Hannah
'Mind-boggling...what a pleasure it is to give oneself up to the book, to be met with discoveries and thrilling upsets at every turn in the labyrinth... it's the story that triumphs, with a series of last-minute revelations as dazzling as the finale of a fireworks show' - The Guardian
'The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a mind-bending mash-up of Agatha Christie, Quantum Leap and Groundhog Day. If it isn't made into a film in the very near future, I'll eat my deerstalker. - Jake Kerridge, The Sunday Express
'Prepare to have your brain fried and your mind blown... an exhilarating, unsettling and invigoratingly original read' - Charlotte Heathcote, The Daily Express
'Stuart Turton's remarkable debut is something the reader will not have encountered before' - The Financial Times
'An original and high concept murder mystery, this is welcome rescue in a sea of psychological thrillers' - Stylist
'Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day in the tightly plotted The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle' - Good Housekeeping
'Murder mystery goes into overdrive in this mind-blowingly original debut ... It's whodunnit heaven' - Saga
'An ingenious dark twist on Groundhog Day ... Stuart Turton's ingenious, twist-filled debut is a crime novel with a difference' - Radio Times
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