Book review – The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Thanks for Bookish First and Sourcebooks for providing this ARC! It will be published September 18th.

1/5 – DNF at 25%

I was super excited about this book and have been since hearing about it. So, when I saw it was up on Bookish First and I could redeem points to get it, I decided to go for it and get it. I mean, why not! It was a great opportunity!

Sadly, the book wasn’t for me.

One thing I suggest is to not read the synopsis. It gives too much of the book away. Things that were just discovered where I was were in the synopsis, which ruined it for me since I was waiting for some explanation.

It also encompasses a genre I don’t like. Any guesses?

Magical realism.

It’s a mystery, but it’s also really fantastical (or sci-fi; who knows) in that there’s some kind of magic or technology system. And it’s never explained? It’s never clear what’s going on, what the reason is, or why I should care about it.

And that was the issue. I didn’t care.

I couldn’t care.

The characters were bland and forgettable. The only character I was excited about was Evelyn Hardcastle, but she’s barely on the page for a book titled after her. It’d be like if Evelyn Hugo wasn’t a huge character in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

This required me to suspend my disbelief, something I don’t do well with books set in a world that’s basically ours. I also hate magic systems that have no explanation. Combine both those things and I knew it wasn’t going to be for me. And I picked it up with the intent to read it and I found that I seriously couldn’t be bothered.

Sadly, a DNF for me.


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Since this was already published and this is an ARC for the US copy, have you read it?
What did you think of it?
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6 thoughts on “Book review – The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

  1. This is the first! Because I’ve heard so many great things about this book, but I can totally see why you didn’t like it!

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