The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a novel by Stuart Turton. It follows a mysterious story of the main character whose name we don’t immediately know since he himself doesn’t know it. The book begins in the woods where our protagonist wakes up cold and afraid and witnesses what he believes is the murder of a woman named Anna. He is then thrown into a wild goose chase filled with weird occurrences and interesting people who carry sad and thrilling backstories.
I was incredibly excited when I found out I was approved to get an arc of this book. I’ve heard so many great things about it and the premise of the storyline really throws me out of my socks. When I first opened the novel I was filled with enthusiasm. I really was.
And then… Then I was let down. I was sincerely disappointed. The story was not as interesting as I expected and a few things were in fact quite predictable.
The characters; well, I actually found most of the character quite unlikable, which is not a bad thing most of the time. The problem is the fact that I did not like even one character. The protagonist was very annoying in my opinion and I actually quite despised his character – especially the fact he was such a coward. I, of course, know that is not uncommon in people, it is in fact quite common. But in this character, I found that trait very irritating.
There was some good this in this novel of course. For example, the writing style was very enjoyable and the descriptions were very well done.
I guess this just was not a book for me.
I received this book in exchange for a review.