Thursday, May 25, 2023

7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has been on my TBR list for a while.  I intended to read it last year and never got to it.  I started out reading it and then when I needed to drive to Chicago every day in April I decided to try this one as an audio.  I thoroughly enjoyed the proper British accent of the narrator.  It definitely added to the mood and setting the environment.  

This book was one of the most creative I have ever read.  It is hard to explain but it is a sort of a time loop with different hosts to the narrator in each section.  From the get-go as a reader you figure there is a twist to the story but I had no idea it was going to be what it was.   I definitely felt as though Turton was paying homage to Dante and the rings of Hell.  I really ended up enjoying this book once I got involved in it.  For those struggling to read the book and stay engaged, stick it out, it is worth it in the end!

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleThe 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very creative thriller/mystery. For those who love a puzzle when they are reading this will be a real treat. The only reason I did not give this a 5 star is the difficulty getting engaged at the beginning of the book. I promise it is worth sticking it out. If you really get stuck, try it in audio format- the British accent will win you over and keep you listening. At times it can be confusing to keep all the characters straight but eventually it all makes sense.

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book #  
  2. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #   54
  3. Audiobook  #2023AudiobookChallenge 14
  4. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book #59
  5. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #49
  6. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #51
  7. Medical Examiner Challenge 12 Toe Tags
  8. Historic Fiction  #histficreadingchallenge   Book #5
  9. 52 Book Club  #the52bookclub2023  #37 Written in Present Tense
  10. Around the Year in 52 Books #40. A book with a full name in the title
  11. Beat the Backlist #BTB2023  #16 here there be monsters
  12. HP Quidditch 23 #7 Bludger: A book you think will knock your socks off (or off your broom!)
  13. Nerdy Bookworm  #NerdyBookwormChallengeXO #26. Read a book that has time travel in it
  14. Nerd Daily #thenerddaily #nerdreading2023 #50. HISTORICAL OR FANTASY
  15. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge #43 A book that takes place entirely in one day
  16. Pick your Poison  # 134 A book with a chess piece on the cover
  17. Sci and Nature # 12 That Plays With Time:
  18. Uncorked Reader #UncorkedReading2023 #24 Takes Place In A Day
  19. Beyond the Bookends  January- Read a book coming to the screen in 2023
  20. Monthly Motif #MonthlyMotifGXO   May In  it to Win It

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