The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Rating | 3.93
Humpo Show Rating | 4.5
Publisher: Raven Books
Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die and Aiden Bishop will have to identify her killer by 11 p.m. the same night in order to gain his freedom from Blackheath. That is the premise for this original and atmospheric mystery that grips you from the first chapter.
Lord and Lady Hardcastle are throwing a ‘party’ at their crumbling mansion on the anniversary of their son’s murder. The guestlist contains many of the same people that were present on that day, 19 years ago.
Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.
Bishop, along with two others, are in competition to be the first to discover Evelyn’s murderer and to escape from the deathly grip of Blackheath. He gets eight bodies – effectively eight days – to piece together the mystery in order to work out who the mastermind behind the murder is.
I loved the premise that Turton has put forward – a bit of mix of an Agatha Christie mystery and Inception complexity. With each body that Bishop possesses, he begins to gather more and more information about the various characters that are present at Blackheath, the murder that happened 19 years ago, the Hardcastle family and about the potential motives that people can have for killing Evelyn.
Too little information and you’re blind, too much and you’re blinded.
Seven Deaths is my read of the year so far. It is full of intricate complexity, betrayal and danger – a whodunit unlike anything that I have read before. Turton has created an ambitious mystery with multiple plot layers with each of the characters hiding their own secrets and agendas. Bishop must wade through all of this to try and solve a murder, all the while, he himself is being hunted…
An extraordinarily original, atmospheric and intelligent mystery that I cannot recommend highly enough.
The Humpo Show | Richard