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A brilliantly original high-concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inception by way of Agatha Christie.

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.'

It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath....

©2018 Stuart Turton (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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A grand read!<br />If you think you know something ...

Absolutely loved it! The novel with so many twists and turns that you must be extremely careful on your reading path!

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  • Allison
  • 03-21-18

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Really enjoyed this book. Didn't know what was happening till the characters told me which was unexpected. As they say a real page turner.

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  • oldhenry
  • 03-09-18

Clever and complex.

An interesting idea, but perhaps too complex and confusing.
By the end I did not care who had done what or why.

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  • Missus-S
  • 04-12-18

Utterly gripping

So many twists, I feel quite dizzy.
I found the language breathtaking, this is a skilled writer. If Agatha Christie had written Groundhog Day, this would be the end product. My life has been pretty much on hold till I finished it, it so absorbed me. Loved it. Highly recommended.

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 02-17-18

Leap Die Repeat: Murder Mystery with body swapping

Would you listen to The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle again? Why?

Possibly, in a few years. It's one you might want to revisit as it's such a unique idea.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna I think - she seems minor to start with but her importance grows as the plot develops.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Leap Die Repeat

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4.5 stars

Source Code, Quantum Leap, Edge of Tomorrow, David Levithan's Every Day... And Then There Were None! All of these are channeled in this genre-bending debut, which mystifies from the get-go.

We've all read or know the formula of a murder mystery, and this novel includes many of them: a big house, a woman dead with no obvious motive, multiple suspects, red herrings and of course the sleuth brought in to solve the conundrum.

But where this differs is in the sleuth... he awakens on the day of the murder in a body and with an identity he does not know. The murder occurs and the following day.... it is the day of the murder again. And he finds himself in another identity.

Aidan will eventually register his own self, and learns that (much like a certain Bill Murray film) the day will repeat itself ad infinitum until the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle is solved. He must find the killer by using the identities he can inhabit.

I must stop there for fear of giving details I myself wouldn't want to know. While the mystery itself conforms to the genre outline through much of it, Aidan himself and the whole reason why the repeating day is happening is a meta-mystery that needs a solution as much as Evelyn's killing.

A totally fresh feel to what could have been very much a by-the-numbers murder story, it is fantastic to see new spins put on long-standing genres, bringing them a contemporary feel that will appeal to a wider, younger audience than the typical Christie.

I accessed this as an audiobook, and found the narrator clear and entertaining though there were so many character names and facts to keep up with that I did find myself straining to keep them straight in my mind.

The author has designed a conundrum that is a challenge to solve and offers such a cathartic relief once the solutions are known. It is like reading a detective novel and a dystopic fiction at the same time.

I look forward to seeing Turton's next big idea, definitely one to look out for. This will make an excellent TV series or film.

An Audible copy was provided by Nudge-Books.com for my honest thoughts of the book.

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  • 05-16-18

A very hard to sustain conceit or device.

Here is a story that is a kind of science fiction, come detective story, come horror tale but not any of them, in the end, it is just a writers device to spice up a story of redemption and forgiveness. It felt contrived and claustrophobic and repetitive (but that was the warning the title gave), I kept on thinking let's get to the point, and I and the character would be taken back to the same point of the story viewed from a different angle, which did not open any new understandings.

Too much like as nightmare and too long within a conundrum that has no logic except for the one given by the author. It may be fascinating to create this world as a writer, but as a reader, I found it frustrating and without much reward, because in the end, everything had to be explained by one of the characters for it to be understood and have a logic that explained what had happened repeatedly.

Too stylized to feel connected to the character and too repetitive to care for the final outcome. I do not mind putting a bit of hard work for literature, but entertainment should not be this difficult.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 02-23-18

Complications make it too long

I found this over long and complicated. The story was interesting, but it went over the top in added complications. I started to look at 'time left' when I was about half way through, never a good sign.
I thought that the writing was good, with well defined characters – and the overall premise had some merit though it did get a bit silly with the over enthusiastic complications.
The narrator was good – apart from his noisy drawing of breath at the end of sentences.
This isn't a book that I would read again, I think the author could have cut out 'a couple of the deaths of Evelyn' and had fewer characters. This would have shortened the novel and held interest better.

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  • AMcT
  • 05-25-18

Hate this.

Childish and long and dull.
I persevered for most of part one then skipped to the end.
Not my cup of tea.

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  • J
  • 05-22-18

Story was so clever but so disappointing, performance saved the day

This is just the sort of book I would like. I loved Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell, The Book of Dust, Harry Potter, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes. The basic idea (no spoilers) is very clever. But the structure was all wrong—all the doings were fundamentally unmotivated, and I got bored of unmotivated evil inspiring fear in central characters. The writing was ok but suffered from a stunning use of metaphor and simile that became exasperating after a while. And there were far too many characters to keep track of.
Jot Davies’ performance was wonderful, and anything less may have led me to abandon this. I admire the plot and concept, it was clever and intelligent, but I cared so little what happened to everyone that I nearly abandoned this book. But there was enough cleverness to keep me interested to see how it worked; I don’t regret sticking it out to the end but equally I could have lived without finding out ho

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-18

Brilliant

Loved this book. Intricate, thought provoking thriller. Just great. zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz

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  • Catriona Ferris
  • 05-20-18

Most amazing storyline with twists and turns st every point

This is one of the most different books I have read in a long time. Truly different and worth 16 hours for sure.