The phrase ‘I couldn’t put it down’ is overused in the world of book reviews, and it’s one I try to avoid wherever possible, but in the case of The Seven Deaths… I’m going to shout it loud and clear: I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I read it, cover to beautiful cover, in one ravenous sitting.
Evelyn Hardcastle is going to be murdered. But it won’t look like a murder, and the only way to avoid living the same day for all eternity, is to solve the crime. Sounds like a simple enough premise, doesn’t it? But this story is anything but simple. It’s a delicate web of cause and effect – can the future be changed? Is it already written? Is it even the future?!
We live the day through the eyes Aiden Bishop, a man who, for reasons that later become clear, is trapped in the minds and bodies of eight characters, all present on the day of Evelyn’s death. Same day, different perspective… same outcome
My respect for the author is unending; each version of events is so intricately woven and yet somehow each character’s voice is unique, even as Bishop is inhabiting their mind and altering their actions. For a debut, this is absolutely stunning, and I’m eager to see what comes next from Turton.
I don’t normally comment on the look of a book (even though this is often the main reason behind my reading choices) but The Seven Deaths… is a beauty and the cover design is worthy of recognition. I’m particularly taken with the floor plan (above).
So, if you’re a fan of complex locked-room mysteries, appreciate a supremely talented author or just like a beautiful book, this one is a must!