Book Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
This book had an intriguing beginning. I was completely hooked from the first page and could not put the book down. However, by page 100, the allure of this "new kind" of mystery was quickly waning. The massive amount of characters to keep straight became a huge burden, even for someone who reads fantasy books with tons of characters. The constant switching of perspectives, jumping from one character to the next, was tedious and frankly annoying. I quickly lost interest in the narrative and skimmed the rest of the novel to find out the ending.
The ending was absolutely ridiculous. The "twist" was unbelievable and the resolution to the story was bland and boring. In no way, shape or form was this mystery any better or innovative than mysteries I have read in the past. This in no way lives up to any of Agatha Christie's novels, and I can honestly say I did not enjoy this book. It became more of a chore to read than a pleasure, and I honestly do not understand the hype around it.
I cannot recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. The hook in the beginning is good, but to me it was the best part. There were just too many characters and too much perspective switching to really thoroughly enjoy this novel. Hopefully I can pass it along to another reader who can love it in a better way than I could.
Rating: ⭐⭐ 1/2