When I read about The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in a Waterstones email (my favourite source of information about good books), I knew I had to read it.
Set in the early 20th century, it is a classic Agatha Christie-style country house murder, but with an added twist. Evelyn Hardcastle gets murdered at a party thrown by her parents and time keeps repeating itself, so she is murdered every day.
In the meantime, Aiden Bishop thinks he witnesses a woman called Anna murdered in the forest and tries to get fellow party guests to help him investigate. He has lost his memory and is disappointed to discover he is a rather weak man. Or is he?
Because every day Aiden Bishop wakes up as someone new and every day he is too late to save Evelyn. The only way for him to break the cycle is to identify Evelyn’s killer. Unfortunately, someone is out to prevent him solving the mystery and wants to keep him at Blackheath forever.
Can Aiden piece it all together, can he trust his fellow party guests, can he stop himself forgetting and can he use his different hosts’ skills to help him?
This is a very entertaining book, full of dislikable characters and quite unlike anything I’ve read before. But it’s not an easy read – it runs to 500 pages and the plot is pretty complicated. It took me longer to read than any book I’ve read this year. Every few chapters, it will help you out a bit with an important clue to help you piece everything together, but there’s no way I could have solved the mystery!
If you’re looking for something different to read, you enjoy a mystery and aren’t put off by a long book, I would definitely recommend The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.