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The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

If there was anything that really screwed with my mind, in a way that I barely knew what was going on, yet I still savoured every word, this is it.

It is told from seven different perspectives, but not once did I find it boring, each one holds an important key, and really twists it in a way I didn’t expect. Some I did think will happen, and some reveals were there. But the ending just had to shock me all over again, in a way that fitted the entire story and how it was going.

The plot seems simple at first, but then reveals its intricate layers, at least until it goes towards the end and managing to tie up everything. It is more than just a murder mystery, since the main character barely even knows who he is(all he has is a name, not much of you ask me.) But even then, I still liked him, I still understood him. Even when I knew next to nothing about the guy.

And he is emotionally invested, he cares what happens to Evelyn, to Anna. And perhaps that was why I also cared more. Because he isn’t just solving this because he is obliged to, or even forced to, but because he wanted to.

There are some much needed answers towards the end, concerning the more supernatural happenings. I won’t exactly say what it was, but you can infer from the title. And in a way that satisfied me, and all my questions. Even though I am intrigued by the concept of this, and what it could do.

Every character has their role to play in the story. And every character reveals a little more about the mystery, such as Anna, who first appears as the key, but she is so much more than that. The Plague Doctor who is the one who helps Aiden, yet you cannot say that he is again incredibly mysterious.

And to manage all this, I say that the author is brilliant. The pacing is perfect, everything is done at the right moment, and even when it seems complete, it doesn’t feel so at any point of time. At the end, it also breaks the usual stereotype with who the murderer is.

Overall, this is something that is different from what I have read, I have never seen anything quite like it. The mystery is complex but even then it is only a part of the real story, another is devoted to the main character and who he is. Why is he here? And the constant unanswered questions, and the elements of unnatural happenings. Which also don’t get answered until the end.

So, in all cases, I still don’t think I managed to cover what was the essence of the story, other than you should read this if you’re looking for something different. Something which will twist your mind. And if you do, you won’t be disappointed.

I received an e-ARC from Netgalley.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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