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The 71?2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The 71?2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle | Stuart Turton
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018 One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018 One of Marie Claire, Australia's 10 Books You Absolutely Have to Read in 2018 The Rules of Blackheath Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m. 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... The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.
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CoffeeNBooks
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Mehso-so

Unpopular opinion, I know, but I just didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. There were a lot of characters, a lot of information to keep track of, and the timeline jumped back and forth somewhat. It was a fascinating storyline with a well-thought out plot, but just too much for me to focus on right now.
#LitsyLoveReads

5feet.of.fury There‘s certainly a lot going on, I also was not prepared going in. I did enjoy it, but I agree it is so complicated. 5d
Ruthiella I hated this book. You are not alone. 4d
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CoffeeNBooks
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#NovelNovember #Readathon Day 2- the only thing I read today was The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I was hoping to finish this one today, but I'm not quite done with it.
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 6d
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 46/22

I read 4 books (loved 🦩 Flamingo!) and finished #pop22 and #pantone2022. I am sooo ready for next year‘s challenges, especially now that the #ToB23 longlist has been published as well as the #52books23 list. Still waiting for #pop24 but I am planning like crazy already!

sarahbarnes Flamingo is still on my list! I don‘t think it‘s been published in the US yet; at least my library still doesn‘t have it. 1w
Cinfhen I think #PoP23 will drop before thanksgiving!! So hopefully beginning of this week!!!! 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That would be great! 1w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I hope your library will have it soon, I think you‘ll love it too. 1w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I‘m not sure it did either or whether the Amazon entry is really a BD entry. 🤔 I can‘t find it anywhere in person here. 1w
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BarbaraBB
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What a ride this was! I think I missed at least half of the clues (so much is happening in the same day, happening over and over again) but I don‘t mind. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling with Aiden from one host to another in his race against the clock; he has to find out who murdered Evelyn Hardcastle to be freed from this repeating day. What an original and fun locked room mystery!

#pop22 #HugoAwardWinner #52Books #BookWithAnAlternateTitle

RaeLovesToRead I loved this and I loved his second book too 😊 2w
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead I will definitely check out what he wrote next! I am glad you encouraged me to read it when I mentioned I planned to! 2w
Cortg I‘ve been wanting to read this one! 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cortg I bought it soon after its publication but it took me years to finally pick it up! 2w
Tamra I‘ve got to get to this one! 2w
IndoorDame I feel like I missed so many things the first time too. I think it‘s been long enough that I‘m ready for a reread to see how much more I clue into 2w
BarbaraBB @IndoorDame I‘d take notes if I‘d reread it 😁 2w
TheKidUpstairs I agree with @RaeLovesToRead - his second book was great too. Different, but just as engrossing and fun. A true 'yarn'! 2w
Cinfhen Excellent review!! Totally agree with everything you said!!! 2w
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs I already checked it out. It does sound very good indeed!! 2w
squirrelbrain Great review! I really need to get to this one…. 2w
batsy Sounds so fun! Same, @squirrelbrain I too bought it soon after it was released and it's been chilling on my shelf for some time 😆 2w
Centique Loved this review - I too found it a thrilling ride and I‘m sure I missed so much! It will be fun to reread. 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @batsy It‘s very entertaining. Bit of an Agatha Christie vibe! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Centique Thank you 😊 2w
squirrelbrain Isn‘t it always the way?! @batsy 2w
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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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While I was looking for Devil and the Dark Water I ended up with this one. Same author but it‘s got a really intriguing story that I got excited about. Can‘t wait to get it started for #lmpbc #groupE

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CoffeeNBooks
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An unexpected day off for Hurricane Nicole means more time to read...

AmyG Hope you are ok. Enjoy he day off. 2w
CoffeeNBooks @AmyG We're so far inland that we usually just get strong winds and a lot of rain. I don't think it will be too bad here. 2w
DivineDiana Enjoy the day! Stay safe. ❤️ 2w
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Leftcoastzen Hope it‘s not too bad ! Hang in there. 2w
BarbaraBB I am starting this one right now! 2w
5feet.of.fury Good book! Enjoy your day! 2w
LiseWorks The remnants of this hurricane is going to hit us this afternoon, it will be as rain and a high of 18 celcius. Which for this time of year is really balmy. It should be snowing instead. 2w
CoffeeNBooks @LiseWorks Did you end up getting a lot of rain from the hurricane? 2w
LiseWorks No Most of the rain went east of my location. So, Ottawa and Montreal recieved more then we did 2w
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banjaara_111
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This book had a gripping plot that kept me hooked, and the premise was very unique. The story is deliberately confusing, but in a way that made me want to continue and figure out what was going. I especially loved the twist ending, as that was fresh and different. I also loved the Agatha Christie atmosphere of the book, which gave it a cosy mystery feel whilst also maintaining a lot of suspense.

BarbaraBB This will be my next read! 3w
banjaara_111 @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it! 3w
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 45/22

Three more for finishing the challenges. I am listening to Golden Hill on audio which is rather challenging for me. And I started Half Blood Blues for #pop22, but am not far enough yet to know it it will be good. Next will be Evelyn Hardcastle, for #pop22 too!

Cinfhen I tried this book but I couldn‘t connect- I have heard good things though 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen S tried it and almost threw is across the room after 20 pages… 🤣. We‘ll see! 3w
Cinfhen Yeah, I don‘t think I made it much further 😂 3w
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Ruthiella I loved Golden Hill. It‘s exactly my kind of Historical Fiction. 3w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I know! I am enjoying it too, for me it‘s weird to read about Dutch traditions in a NY setting! 3w
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Before it was New York, it was New Amsterdam! 😂 3w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I think they sold it for one dollar in the end 😂 3w
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NataliePatalie
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Trying to finish this bc I like the plot. But I have to say it's tough to get through with how fat-phobic the writing is. The main character wakes up in a different body & literally says "I resemble some grotesque caricature of the human body," then goes ON about it for 10 chapters. I don't think describing a body as fat is an insult (I'm fat! btw). But to harp on about how gross, pathetic & humiliating it must be for a fat person IS insulting.

Blueberry ❤️ 3w
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Nalbuque
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W h o a !
What a ride. This was long, and at (many) points confusing. But as you get to know the characters, this ‘who dunnit‘ is quite gripping, you just want to know more! It does get a little too complicated towards the end, but I was so into it, I didn‘t care. You‘ll find many twists here, but there‘s one in particular… that wow. Did not see it coming. And it‘s quite interesting, made me think of this book as a surrealist piece as well.So cool

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I‘ve read this book twice and just love it. The intricately detailed plot is something to savor and I was wholly invested in the characters and the mystery surrounding Blackheath. Dark and twisty fun. #scarathlondailyprompts #death #teamslaughter

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5feet.of.fury
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#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter 14,608

HUGE uptick in points. mainly from False Witness &(especially) 7 1/2 Deaths being a treasure trove of word search points

Finished 4 books - False Witness #BuddyRead, Last Breath, 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, One of Us Is Dead.

Watched- The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, NXT Halloween Havoc, Werewolf at Night, Halloween Baking Challenge

On to the FINAL week!

bthegood good job 1mo
Clwojick Awesome! Way to go! ☠ 1mo
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5feet.of.fury
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I almost bailed, I should have read reviews more closely bc I was expecting an Agatha Christie or Clue-esque whodunnit & then there was a time loop, supernatural elements & body switching & I was not mentally prepared for it to be how it was. But I persevered and it ended up all coming together & being purposeful. Twists on top of twists!

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter #outstandingoctober #31by31 #spookoween

Aims42 “Twists on top of twists” is a very accurate description of this book 😂👍😵‍💫 1mo
5feet.of.fury @Aims42 so many “wait what? …wait.. why? Who??” It really all did come together though! 1mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼☠️💜 1mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome 1mo
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galueth28
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Pickpick

The time loop adds an interesting twist to a classic murder mistery - but, damn, some of these characters can be really unpleasant...

#scarathlondailyprompts #teamslaughter #scarathlon2022 @Clwojick

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erickahhh
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Wow, not what I was expecting! I was very intrigued with the “who-done-it“ premise. This book was filled with so many twists and turns. I was invested in figuring out WHO did it. I would spend hours at night and periods during my daily commute going over details of the story in my heard to try to figure out who the killer was. It is a perfect read for #spookyseason

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samantharoberts
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Pickpick

Fantastic Agatha Christie-esque mystery! Perfect for this rainy October weather 🎃🕵🏽🔍

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Deifio
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Pickpick

That was a great murder mystery! Very Agatha Christie. I loved it, all of it!

5feet.of.fury I‘m planning to read this next month for #Scarathlon but mine says 2mo
Deifio @5feet.of.fury that's a good choice for the #scarathlon but I wonder why they changed the title? Weird! 2mo
5feet.of.fury @Deifio I looked it up, apparently the US has the extra 1/2 in the title 😂 7 wasn‘t enough. 2mo
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Deifio @5feet.of.fury does the 1/2 make it seem more interesting? Did they run that past a test audience? I know a couple of other UK books that got their title completely changed for the US publication. Still seems weird to me... 2mo
5feet.of.fury @Deifio it released in UK first and then released in US around the same time as 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so they were making it sound more distinct. 2mo
Deifio @5feet.of.fury Aaaaah! That makes sense then 2mo
5feet.of.fury @Deifio it does, at first I could only find the guardian saying “Americans die more” 🤣 and was very confused. 2mo
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mrsmarch
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August‘s book has swept the bracket thus far! Once Upon a River was a contender, and I‘m amused that they‘re both books I immediately recommended to a friend and they both fall in to “magical realism”.

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Book_Lover95

It‘s been 3 years since I‘ve made my last post?! How did that happen?!

TrishB Wow 😯 that is a long time! 2mo
ozma.of.oz Welcome back! 2mo
Book_Lover95 @TrishB hahaha I know! 2mo
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Book_Lover95 @ozma.of.oz thank you! 2mo
sprainedbrain Good to see you again! 😂 2mo
Book_Lover95 @sprainedbrain haha thank you! 2mo
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theokiereader
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Mehso-so

This mystery is full of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. However, the story was very complex due to the extensive character list-- I counted 37 total, and I believe I missed a few. Due to the complexity of the plot, it is not a book that you can pick up and skim-- it requires concentration. . Full review: https://marybeth1583.wixsite.com/southernersreadtoo/post/the-murder-mystery-with...

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merelybookish
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Mehso-so

This is a great book if you like intricate carefully-planned mysteries because this is that x 1000. There are multiple characters, timelines, & clues to track. The plotting is seriously impressive!
Alas, I'm not the right reader for this book. 🤦🤷 I 💯 can appreciate why it is so beloved, but heavily plotted books are not my jam. They feel like work. Still, will be good to discuss with book club as there are plot points I did not understand. 🤔

BarbaraBB Well this is intriguing! I wonder where I‘ll end up with this book! 3mo
BiblioLitten I bailed on it, not because I didn‘t like it but it was too complicated for me. Right book wrong time. But now I know I‘d feel the same if I ever pick it up again. 3mo
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merelybookish
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My Friday night date. It's already making me mad. 😆 #plotplotplot

Onioons @merelybookish I remember that feeling but it's worth persevering! 3mo
Soubhiville I really liked this one, it sucked me in from the first paragraph! 3mo
RaeLovesToRead I LOVE this book 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
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BarbaraBB Ooh I still need to read this one too. I am happy to read your post and all the positive comments here. 3mo
merelybookish @Onioons Good to know!! 3mo
merelybookish @Soubhiville @RaeLovesToRead I'm reading it because a friend loved it too! 3mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB It is encouraging! People love this book! 3mo
BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your review! (edited) 3mo
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PuddleJumper
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#AlphabetGame #LetterS

This is a really good book, very enjoyable read and hoping the author's other book is as good (it's been on my TBR for a bit)

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 3mo
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asleepby9
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Pickpick

Well, what a wild ride that was….

I love jumping into books without knowing much about them. So, for the 1st few chapters I was super confused as to what was happening, lol! But after that, it became a book unlike anything I‘ve ever read before.

Same day. Same murder. Different guests. Solve it.
But remember, nothing is ever as it seems!

…and while you try to figure out the murder, 20 other questions pop up in between.


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galueth28
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#bookspin list for August. And I don't know why this notebook has a bunch of brown pages in the middle, but I can't wait to be done with them 😠

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Federoca
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Thriller drama and fantasy is the combo that I like 👌

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MicrobeMom
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When you are trying to have a nice relaxing read, but someone wants to play. #dogsoflitsy

batsy Aww! That face 🥰 5mo
Sapphire Cute pup! Gsp? 5mo
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MicrobeMom
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Enjoying some time in the shade at the pool on this warm today. #summerreading

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CallMeIshmael
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Pickpick

I did enjoy this one and I loved the mystery aspect although I want to know more about you know what….

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AngeG
Mehso-so

Couldn't put it down, just wanted to find out what happened...... but in the end it isn't a book I loved

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EmilieGR
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Pickpick

I so so enjoyed this book! I know some people found this story repetitive but I loved how the little pieces of the story fell into place. I felt almost like I was marinating in the atmosphere and was on tenterhooks for the last fourth of the book.

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JennO1
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Mehso-so

So repetitive. The same day over and over and over again. By the end I just didn‘t care anymore, I just wanted the day to be over. I‘d have called it a pick if it was 100 pages shorter. It was very close to being a DNF.

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Yossarian
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I want to start a book club where we just read about women who have almost ten of things you‘re only supposed to have one of.

BookBabe 😂🙌🏻 7mo
Megabooks Lol!! 7mo
Readergrrl 😂😂😂 7mo
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Soubhiville 🤣 7mo
vivastory 😂 7mo
Oryx Maybe the occasional man ? 7mo
Yossarian @Oryx I don‘t know. Seven or eight deaths is one thing, but 15 lives is just excessive. 7mo
BarbaraBB 🤣 7mo
thegreensofa 😂🤣😂 7mo
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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Interesting concept. A bit redundant which made it boring in places. Still a pick

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Shemac77
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Reading at work.

Trashcanman Be safe out there. 8mo
Shemac77 Thank you so much. @Trashcanman 8mo
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Shemac77
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Night reading.

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K.Wielechowski
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Aidan has eight chances to figure out who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. The catch is, he would relive the day of her death 8 times inside 8 different people who had gathered at her family‘s estate.
The twists and turns don‘t stop coming as Aidan discovers more about the people around him and about the prison he woke up in. I hadn‘t even finished reading the library‘s copy before I ordered one for myself. Read slowly and give in to the reread.

LoverOfLearning Yep I really enjoyed this one! What a creative writing style. 9mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I got confused quite a bit but loved it! It was great to be devoured by a book again. Very impressive for a debut novel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Pogue
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I finally read this one. Half way through the book I KNEW who did it. I did not know who did it. That for me is a win.

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nichollinlove
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I listened to the audiobook, print would have been better. There was a need to flip back and recap people and events that I didn't get to do with the audio. That being said, the story was really in depth and well thought out. There are SO MANY moving parts; you unearth new information and plot devices regularly. I would have enjoyed a less complicated ending but it was still very good and I can see other readers enjoying it very much.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I don't quite get why this book is sometimes called the 7 1/2 deaths... Copyright stuff? Anyway, a very enjoyable read so far!

Enchanted_Bibliophile According to Turton, the novel's title was changed in America since it was similar to the previously published The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 9mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Enchanted_Bibliophile thanks for clearing up the mystery! 9mo
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mnjacques
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Pickpick

I loved every minute of this book. I even caught myself yelling at the book a few times.

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Jari-chan
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This was my second by Turton, and definitely not my last! I love his writing style, and his way to telling stories. The story is twisted and for sure comes along totally different when read a second time. The whole set up was just perfect for me, making this book one of January's highlights. I got confused with the characters, though, because there are so many, but I managed anyway 😜

#bookspinbingo #doublespin @TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
RaeLovesToRead Loved both his books 💕💕 10mo
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Game Night

Klou Great choice! 10mo
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Mkwallace
Pickpick

So good

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ErraticElle
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A really good & twisty murder mystery written in a literary style. The plot is intricate, with many characters to balance. It can be a little convoluted & complicated, but also intense & difficult to walk away from. The atmosphere was very gothic, with a creepy estate, ominous weather, & an odd cast of characters. Some problematic moments with blatant body shaming. A Sherlock feel written in a way that totally made it unique & intriguing.

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ag.311203_books
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Such a good book!!!📖📖❤️Mind blowing ending🤪Did not expect that at all!! #evelynhardcastle#bookreview#thesevendeathsofevelynhardcastle#bookworm#books#booklover

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IuliaC
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"The world‘s shrivelling beyond the windows, darkening at the edges and blackening at the centre"

I liked this gigantic, suspenseful and philosophical puzzle, its peculiar premise and particularly enjoyed the dialogue in the last chapters.

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Akauffmann
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