#BookReview of The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Aiden Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle at Blackheath Mansion, but he will inhabit eight different “hosts” during an eight-day period in order to do this.

That’s the basic gist of this confusing, rambling, convoluted tale that ended up being THE LONGEST BOOK EVER. I thought it would never end. I only finished because I wanted to write a proper and fair review, but boy did I grow weary of this book early on.

There are so many characters, readers will need an Excel sheet (like the one the author says he used when writing?) to keep track of everyone and all their many, many traits. There was so much detail and description here… the curly hair spilling from caps, the bad breath, the body odor… and on and on. Flipping back and forth on my tablet to figure out who was who according to the character list placed at the beginning of the book? No thanks.

I’m literally exhausted from having read this book. I didn’t care for any of the characters and therefore didn’t give a darn who lived or died, or how many times they did it. I just wanted it to be over. The only good thing was that I didn’t pay for the book, having borrowed the eBook version from the library. Definitely not one I can recommend.


1 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton