So, it seems that this book is titled “The 7 1/2 Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” in the US, and that was the version I had requested on Netgalley and got approved for. Then, because somehow I had convinced myself that 7 1/2 was a sequel, I bought The Seven Deaths myself as soon as it came out in my bookstore. By the time I realized my mistake, I had no regrets – the book is incredible and I’m glad I own a finished copy!
Evelyn Hardcastle will die tonight – again. She is murdered at 11 PM every day, in an eternal loop inside of Blackheath. Aiden must find out who her murderer if he wants to be set free, and for that he is given eight hosts, each of whom has different strengths and weaknesses to help him solve the murder. If he fails, the cycle will begin again and again, as it has hundreds of times already.
This book is fantastic, the mystery is so complex and well done and the writing so atmospheric! I flew through this story, and only stopped reading at some point because I had to go to work the next day. I loved seeing the events through the eyes of the different hosts, and all the twists and turns. I absolutely recommend this book for any mystery fan! It’s not your typical cozy mystery novel, it’s much more complex than that, and yet it feels a bit classic – a touch of Agatha Christie and decadence. This was a great read and I can’t wait to re-read and pay attention to the details I missed in the first read!