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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle | Stuart Turton
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BookishBelle
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What did I just read!? It was a slow beginning but totally worth it for the crazy good ending.

#LMPBC @sweetpealsd @ConfessionofaBookaholic @gencmichael

sweetpealsd Can‘t wait! 🤗 2w
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BookishBelle
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I have a rare afternoon off and it‘s a rare 77° in January so I‘m reading by the local reservoir.

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kimrenee
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Wow what a ride. There was so much going on and it never slowed down. I was amazed at the ending. This was pretty exciting book

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Mrs_B
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This is quite slow and quite confusing until you get into the rhythm of what is actually going on! It‘s an inventive twist on the classic murder mystery.

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mrsmarch
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I knew in Aug this would be my best read of 2022 😂 Dec was hard fought btwn The Real Valkyrie & Bone Rattler, but Bone Rattler was deadly slow moving & I can see it would turn some readers off. The Real Valkyrie was informative! That vs For the Wolf was another hard decision, but I really enjoyed the world building of For the Wolf.

I am OK with my top 4 books being Evelyn Hardcastle, For the Wolf, Once Upon a River, and The Real Valkyrie.

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Mrs_B
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This was my view while reading today… on MIAMI SOUTH BEACH!!!

BarbaraBB Wow!! 2mo
Cupcake12 Beautiful! 😍 2mo
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anushareflects
Panpan

This is honestly the most over-hyped book I‘ve picked up this year and frankly, it was so bad! It‘s extremely slow, confused, and the author has tried too hard to build a plot but fails miserably at it. The characters are horrible and shallow, there‘s a lot of misogyny and fat phobia thrown in. Terrible book that‘s absolutely not worth the hype.

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BookAdict
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I just finish this book a few seconds ago and I‘m still high on that ending. I loooved this book, it had me on the edge of my seat with every chapter. I could say that it was a little heavy to keep up with the amount of characters but overall it was so good. I was also a fan of the writing, the different descriptions and metaphors made. In other words 5 out of 5 for me :)

BarbaraBB I read it recently and felt the same 2mo
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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. 2mo
Ruthiella I hated this book. You are not alone. 2mo
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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 👏👏👏 3mo
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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. 3mo
Cinfhen I think #PoP23 will drop before thanksgiving!! So hopefully beginning of this week!!!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That would be great! 3mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I hope your library will have it soon, I think you‘ll love it too. 3mo
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. 3mo
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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 😊 3mo
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! 3mo
Cortg I‘ve been wanting to read this one! 3mo
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BarbaraBB @Cortg I bought it soon after its publication but it took me years to finally pick it up! 3mo
Tamra I‘ve got to get to this one! 3mo
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 3mo
BarbaraBB @IndoorDame I‘d take notes if I‘d reread it 😁 3mo
TheKidUpstairs I agree with @RaeLovesToRead - his second book was great too. Different, but just as engrossing and fun. A true 'yarn'! 3mo
Cinfhen Excellent review!! Totally agree with everything you said!!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs I already checked it out. It does sound very good indeed!! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I really need to get to this one…. 3mo
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 😆 3mo
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. 3mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @batsy It‘s very entertaining. Bit of an Agatha Christie vibe! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Centique Thank you 😊 3mo
squirrelbrain Isn‘t it always the way?! @batsy 3mo
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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. 3mo
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. 3mo
DivineDiana Enjoy the day! Stay safe. ❤️ 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Hope it‘s not too bad ! Hang in there. 3mo
BarbaraBB I am starting this one right now! 3mo
5feet.of.fury Good book! Enjoy your day! 3mo
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. 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @LiseWorks Did you end up getting a lot of rain from the hurricane? 3mo
LiseWorks No Most of the rain went east of my location. So, Ottawa and Montreal recieved more then we did 3mo
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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! 3mo
banjaara_111 @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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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 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen S tried it and almost threw is across the room after 20 pages… 🤣. We‘ll see! 3mo
Cinfhen Yeah, I don‘t think I made it much further 😂 3mo
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Ruthiella I loved Golden Hill. It‘s exactly my kind of Historical Fiction. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I know! I am enjoying it too, for me it‘s weird to read about Dutch traditions in a NY setting! 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Before it was New York, it was New Amsterdam! 😂 3mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I think they sold it for one dollar in the end 😂 3mo
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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 ❤️ 3mo
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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 3mo
Clwojick Awesome! Way to go! ☠ 3mo
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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 😂👍😵‍💫 3mo
5feet.of.fury @Aims42 so many “wait what? …wait.. why? Who??” It really all did come together though! 3mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼☠️💜 3mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3mo
TheSpineView Awesome 3mo
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galueth28
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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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Fantastic Agatha Christie-esque mystery! Perfect for this rainy October weather 🎃🕵🏽🔍

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Deifio
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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 4mo
Deifio @5feet.of.fury that's a good choice for the #scarathlon but I wonder why they changed the title? Weird! 4mo
5feet.of.fury @Deifio I looked it up, apparently the US has the extra 1/2 in the title 😂 7 wasn‘t enough. 4mo
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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... 4mo
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. 4mo
Deifio @5feet.of.fury Aaaaah! That makes sense then 4mo
5feet.of.fury @Deifio it does, at first I could only find the guardian saying “Americans die more” 🤣 and was very confused. 4mo
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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! 5mo
ozma.of.oz Welcome back! 5mo
Book_Lover95 @TrishB hahaha I know! 5mo
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Book_Lover95 @ozma.of.oz thank you! 5mo
sprainedbrain Good to see you again! 😂 5mo
Book_Lover95 @sprainedbrain haha thank you! 5mo
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theokiereader
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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! 5mo
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. 5mo
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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! 5mo
Soubhiville I really liked this one, it sucked me in from the first paragraph! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I LOVE this book 🥰🥰🥰 5mo
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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. 5mo
merelybookish @Onioons Good to know!! 5mo
merelybookish @Soubhiville @RaeLovesToRead I'm reading it because a friend loved it too! 5mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB It is encouraging! People love this book! 5mo
BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your review! (edited) 5mo
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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 📚 6mo
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asleepby9
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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!!! 6mo
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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 🥰 8mo
Sapphire Cute pup! Gsp? 7mo
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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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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 😂🙌🏻 10mo
Megabooks Lol!! 10mo
Readergrrl 😂😂😂 10mo
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Soubhiville 🤣 10mo
vivastory 😂 10mo
Oryx Maybe the occasional man ? 10mo
Yossarian @Oryx I don‘t know. Seven or eight deaths is one thing, but 15 lives is just excessive. 10mo
BarbaraBB 🤣 10mo
thegreensofa 😂🤣😂 10mo
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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. 10mo
Shemac77 Thank you so much. @Trashcanman 10mo
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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. 11mo
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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 12mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Enchanted_Bibliophile thanks for clearing up the mystery! 12mo
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mnjacques
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I loved every minute of this book. I even caught myself yelling at the book a few times.

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