‘”The Rules of Blackheath : Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11pm. There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit. We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer. Understood? Then let’s begin…”
Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others’ – Goodreads
I’d been hearing about this book for quite some time, and I was eager to get my hands (and eyes) on it. It didn’t disappoint. It has everything you want in a murder mystery – intrigue, suspense, twists, and a litany of suspicious characters.
This is where I’m going to change up my review style. Instead of paragraphs about the book, I’m just going to say what I did, and didn’t like! I think it will make for more concise reviews.
What I liked
-The characters. Each of the hosts are really well written. They each have very distinct and different personalities, and the author does a fantastic job showing this. Each of them have strengths and weaknesses that help Aiden work towards finding the murderer, and I just found that telling the story through the various characters was a fun and interesting way of developing the plot.
-The plot, and how it was executed (excuse the pun!). Many of the events in the book are repeated, but viewed by a different host, and so, a different perspective. However, never once did I find the story repetitive. In fact, each time something is replayed, we learn something else which helps us to piece together the mystery.
-The twist. I’m giving no spoilers here, but I think it was one of the best, most unexpected twists I’ve read in a long time. I never once had an inkling that it was coming!
-The surroundings, and the house’s setting. The descriptions of the uncared for, abandoned mansion add to the overall eeriness of the story, as do the woods around it, and the lake. The author describes them so well that I could visualise them and place myself in the story with no difficulty.
What I didn’t like
Honestly, there was nothing I didn’t like about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, from start to finish.
This is a deeply clever book, that will keep it’s readers guessing up until the very end. It is the perfect murder mystery, it is gripping, it flows well, and it really doesn’t disappoint. I would be quick to recommend this to anyone!
*The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle gets a 5 – star rating*