Title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Authors: Stuart Turton
Publisher: Raven Books
Publication Date: 1 March 2018
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Stuart Turton’s debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, burst onto the book scene earlier this year with an original and thrilling plot. It promised a heart-stopping, intense story of murder, mystery, and secrecy, and has been raved about all over the internet as a must-read for lovers of the thriller genre. With an average rating of 4.14 stars on Goodreads and a highly intriguing plot, I had high hopes for this novel despite not being a huge fan of thrillers or murder mysteries. However, despite the promising start of the novel, it ultimately became a confused mess with too many characters, sub-plots, and a bizarre timeline. I maintained hope throughout the story that these issues would resolve themselves into a surprising and unpredictable ending yet it ultimately fell flat and left me disappointed, resulting in my 2-star rating.