"The world‘s shrivelling beyond the windows, darkening at the edges and blackening at the centre"
I liked this gigantic, suspenseful and philosophical puzzle, its peculiar premise and particularly enjoyed the dialogue in the last chapters.
Mysteries aren‘t typically my thing. This one, while based upon an interesting concept (“Agatha Christie with a dash of Groundhog Day & a hint of Quantum Leap & Downton Abbey”), was no exception. I guessed one of the big reveals early-on but the main mystery was NEVER going to be solved until the author told his readers the answer — & that‘s a big pet peeve of mine. Write well enough to embed the answers *and* obscure them at the same time. 👇🏻
Thank you so much, @kellyann28 ! The photo‘s kind of quick & dirty (I promise to follow-up with some glamour shots tomorrow 💁♀️). I love everything! Bath bombs, Reese‘s, candles aplenty (complete with gems & glitter), socks (I‘m wearing the orange pair already), & 3 books from my wishlist (the tagged, plus Piranesi & Elatsoe). You nailed it! Happy Hallow‘s Eve!
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I was rather underwhelmed by this chunkster. On audio, the narrator does a fine enough job of giving a unique voice to the different characters, but at 17 hours, I need more than one voice. Our protagonist is told that there will be a murder every night, and he will embody a different person each day to solve the crime. If he succeeds, he "gets out". Parts of this are too long and repetitive. Most of the people embodied are generic stereotypes ⬇️
This one is gonna be hard for me to review. I read about a third of it and then stalled. A few months later I picked it up again but had to start over cause I had forgotten everything 😲 I felt myself stalling again but pushed on. It is very clever and creative, it is really very good but I did find it hard to keep going at times. Maybe just a bit too complicated for my current brain power 😁 ⭐⭐⭐
This is an incredibly intricate and circular novel and while its complexity was fascinating, it made it hard for the reader to stay oriented at all and it detracted from the character development to the detriment of the story. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2021/06/review-7-12-deaths-of-evelyn-hardcastle...
Took me a long time to read as the ARC version had me thinking!
I really enjoyed the originality of this plot line. Aiden Bishop wakes up every day in a different body to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. He has 8 days of torment, fear, and fate to overcome. Kept me intrigued!
But the ending..... hmm maybe it was the ARC version?! I'm not sure but the secondary story at the end really has me unsatisfied and quite confused.
1. Yes I am quite good at it. That is why I have problems reading books that people say have unexpected twist
2. I don't read many series. I am not a fan.
3. This is a tricky one... But I will say I like anti - heroes
4. I am grateful that my friend who has cancer in the heart is doing well in her chemio
#The7DeathsOfEvelynHardcastle #StuartTurton #BookSpinBingo #August2021
A very original and unique read. Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. Every day, Aiden will wake up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. Sounds a bit like Groundhog Day. It's a locked-room mystery full of intrigue and suspense.
Wow! This body-swapping, time-slipping historical thriller was a real mind bender! What an original story, quite unlike anything I‘ve ever read. This debut knocked my socks off and I can‘t wait to read more from Turton. #BookspinBingo
10 chapters in and I'm so intrigued!! I didn't know much about this book before I started reading it and I'm really thankful for that.
Already such a creepy, mysterious, and unique book. Definitely keeping my interest. I'm going to predict that this will be a 4 or 5 star read for me!
I am ecstatic about my gift. Wow. I'm going to hop right into reading Evelyn! @BookNAround you absolutely spoiled me. And I love this bag (the women's name is Joan Didion- I'm gonna research her)!
Thank you @Catsandbooks for hosting #SliceofSummerSwap. I really loved this!
The girls competed at Kalahari earlier this week, and brian and I thought it would be fun to spend a night here with the girls to give them the full experience! So now they‘re at the water park and I‘m cracking open a new book in the salt room. 😂 I‘ve got a sinus headache currently so it‘s good timing. Hope it works. 🤞🏻#holidayescape
The only thing saving this read is the honey peach tea. This was my first read by Stuart Turton and I‘m a little perplexed as to why this book had such great reviews.
📚My cover‘s getting a little worn around the edges, but reading buddy (Han Solo) doesn‘t mind it. Been thinking about getting a new one.
📚 I love being able to read at night in dark mode and not turn on the lamp. Also, switching seamlessly to the Kindle phone app to read whenever waiting is great!
Meh. I loved the idea of this. Historical fiction time loop murder mystery. Definitely unique and easy to get into. The problem I found is that it drug on longer than I think it needed to. 3/4 of the way through I was done. No amount of reveals were bringing me back after that long 🤷♀️
Got my first #audiobookbingo though!
17hrs #LittenListen #JuneHolidayTheme #TimeTravel #bookspinbingo #JoysofJune
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This…book…is…TWISTED!! I can only describe it as the movie Clue on steroids. I loved it, although I will say it was exceptionally hard to keep track of not only the various people involved but also which person our main character was inhabiting at any given time (yes, you read that correctly). This is the only thing keeping it from being a 5🌟 read for me. I‘m honestly not even 100% sure what I read 😜. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Combining #bookspinbingo with #listenlitten and #14Books14Weeks2021
Still hoping to get some old books off my list but added a few new ones for some variety 😊
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This book just fell in my lap when a friend donated it for my LFL. It‘s a lot of fun! I don‘t read mystery very often, but this is quite different than your run of the mill mystery. I was on my toes through the whole thing, and I never figured out how it would end. I will probably look for Turton‘s other book(s). 👍📚
This is my second time reading this book in about 18 months and I loved it even more the second time around. The intricately detailed plot is something to savor. I‘m not sure I‘ve ever enjoyed being confused this much. Even upon a second reading, Turton kept me on the edge of my seat- no easy feat. I was wholly invested in the characters and the mystery surrounding Blackheath. Dark, twisty, fun! An absolute triumph of a debut. 5 ⭐️
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Bishop has to solve the mysterious murder of Evelyn Hardcastle in eight days, and if that‘s not hard enough, he had to do it while inhabiting the bodies of different witnesses. This book had so many questions, and tried to do so much, I found it so confusing. The author was amazing at making it all work. It was very compelling and kept me reading, but I honestly couldn‘t keep up with all of it most of the time. It‘s a great story though! 3.5/4⭐️
The beginning was promising. The middle was like watching a movie with an ensemble cast except no one had any remarkably interesting qualities to make any of them memorable. And then the timeline started jumping. I like to try to figure them out as I go, but the clues you need to figure it out aren‘t even revealed until the last 10 pages so there was no way of knowing throughout. I found it a frustrating novel, but still a good one.
A very unique premise and a mystery that will keep you guessing. Aiden must solve the murder of Evelyn Hugo by repeatedly living one day, but each time he lives that day he finds himself in the body of a different person familiar with the Hugo family. I will say the large cast of characters and jumping from person to person confused the story for me, but overall this book was intriguing and memorable.