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Summary

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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Groundhog day meets Agatha Christie.

Strange slow start in which the first few chapters just seemed like they were repeating each other.I very nearly gave up,but at the point of nearly turning off,my befuddled brain suddenly worked out what was going on....kind of.
The plot is extremely complex,so probably not suitable if you like a simple,easy relaxing romance,but for anyone else,I cannot recommend this book enough.Crime,whodunnit,fantasy,horror (ish),good old fashioned thriller.Think Life After Life,with a dose of Agatha Christie,a slash of Downton Abbey a smattering of Dean Koontz,topped with a sprinkling of Doctor Who's Timey Wimey Stuff.
Once you get past the first few chapters,it takes off and boy does it take off.you won't even notice at which point you become hooked as you realize what is going on.Just when you think you got it,another twist in the plot.You would have to be psychic to guess the ending of this one.
Jot Davies as usual,was excellent in his reading of this fast moving,page turning debut.
I do hope Stuart Turton has a plan to follow this with a sequel.(a), because it was so damn good and (b),because I would love to have Jot Davies reading it.
This is not an easy read-it takes time to get used to the construction,plot,characters and serious weirdness of the book.Stick with it and you will be richly rewarded.A very satisfying and unputdownable listen.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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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.

35 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Confusing

An interesting idea, well narrated and with real potential. However, the plot was incredibly confusing, particularly as an audio, and I kept having to go back and relisten to sections. I also thought it was over long and the ending lacked impact. Almost all the characters in the novel were vile so I found it difficult to care about them and at times the plot really dragged. I'm afraid this one wasn't really for me.

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A real slog, and a very energy sapping experience

I almost stopped listening early on. The narrator's voice was insipid and tedious. The story was more frustrating than intriguing. The ending was flat. I persevered because I found it a challenge and I was curious to understand what it was all about, and the final outcome.

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Convoluted

I would love to watch this as a TV series because as a book it seems rather all over the place. Following Aiden Bishop, who seems to be appear in a new host body every day in order to solve a Gosford Park-style murder, he's also stacked against competitors desperate to flee this entrapment.

The premise is fantastic - it's Inception mixed with Agatha Christie- but I feel the author Stuart Turton may have overstretched himself because by the end it's a tangle of a mess, and finishes rather abruptly, trying to tackle loose ends. I may be in the minority, but I found myself drifting away quite a bit, actually forgetting characters. There's far too many murders and body swapping, and I don't think it reached its potential.

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Dense But Interesting

Thoroughly enjoyable however I think a lot is missed in the audio version, so much so that I have reserved the ebook from my local library. I feel like I missed out on some twists with the audio and want to read it properly.
Good performance however but I don't think this was the best medium for me for this title.

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Downtown Abbey meets Groundhog Day!

This book is completely different to any other crime book I’ve ever read! it’s complex, confusing, and mind bending, but at the same time utterly compelling.
There is a host of different characters, time hops galore and a whole host of murders. It’s one of those books that once completed, you want to start rereading to see all the clues and red herrings you missed.
A fantastic debut novel, Mr Turton!

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A 'Who Dunnit' With a Difference!

A fascinating and gripping tale that held me spellbound and guessing to the very end. Well written and cleverly narrated. I loved it - in fact I've bought the hard back for my friend as I know she'll love it too!

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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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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

Any additional comments?

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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  • Bea
  • 15-03-18

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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