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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Iamblossom Sun 09-Jun-19 14:46:15

Has anyone read this? I am about 20% in and it is starting to take shape but not my usual choice at all and wondering what other people thought of it...

Shetlandponyranger Sun 09-Jun-19 14:57:35

It took me ages to read, I think I would have loved it more if I had read it faster as less confused by who he was each time. However I did like it and have recommended it to others.

RiojaHaze Sun 09-Jun-19 14:59:35

I found it a little hard going at times but persevered and wouldn't say I loved it, but enjoyed it.

Hippychickster Sun 09-Jun-19 15:05:44

I absolutely loved it!!! Thought it was soooo clever and could imagine the author having hundreds of post its around him to keep track. We read it for book club and everyone loved it.

I wanted to read it again the minute I finished to try and get it even clearer in my head.

Pashazade Sun 09-Jun-19 15:16:07

I enjoyed it. It was nicely different. But I agree with PP that it's probably best to keep going with it and not leave long between sittings as the character situation gets more complex.

ZenNudist Sun 09-Jun-19 15:18:11

I gave up. Found it really boring.

springgreensunshine Sun 09-Jun-19 15:22:12

I loved the first 2/3 maybe then got bored. I just wished someone would tell me the answer rather than have to go through any more days of him waking up in some random body.
Maybe I'm just not clever enough to keep all the clues straight in my head.

Broondug Sun 09-Jun-19 15:33:42

Just finished this. Started off great but I found it really confusing. Finished it, wasn’t the best or worst book I’ve ever read.

Iamblossom Sun 09-Jun-19 15:55:23

Hmm thanks will persevere for a bit...hate giving up on books

mum2jakie Sun 09-Jun-19 15:57:49

I don't think it was quite as clever as the author thought it was. I found it all a bit tedious and by the end couldn't really give a shit about who was responsible for what! Not one that I'd want to re-read.

HerondaleDucks Sun 09-Jun-19 15:58:02

I had to persevere with it up to about 60% through and then the end totally gripped me and I loved it. If I hadn't persevered though I would of said it was really dry and confusing.
It's a slow burner but its end makes up for it.

Herocomplex Sun 09-Jun-19 16:41:50

I read it a little while ago and enjoyed aspects of it. I couldn’t get to grips with the murderous footman character. I understood what he was ‘for’ in the plot, but I didn’t understand his reason for being there in the final analysis.
Don’t want to encourage spoilers though...

springgreensunshine Sun 09-Jun-19 18:46:17

I found it all a bit tedious and by the end couldn't really give a shit about who was responsible for what

Me too

BuggaLugga Sun 09-Jun-19 20:48:42

Started this on holiday, thought I was in for a treat initially, clever idea and atmospheric.
But it seemed like a lot of hard work for not that much reward ultimately. I thought it would come together more at the end.
Glad I read it on holiday no way I would have managed it with my ten mins tired reading before bed each night at home!

Iamblossom Sun 09-Jun-19 21:37:55

Argh! Life is short can I really be arsed???

stroopwafelgirl Sun 09-Jun-19 21:41:13

I wish I had given up. Pushed to the end, thinking it might get better - it didn’t.

Iamblossom Sun 09-Jun-19 21:59:09

And the decider goes to @stroopwafelgirl

LadyLooLaa Sun 09-Jun-19 22:03:11

I felt like it was an episode of black mirror. I found it hard going to begin with, then I enjoyed it, then finished it and felt it a bit depressing.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 09-Jun-19 22:04:59

I liked the idea but got increasingly bored and thought the ending was rubbish.

BuggaLugga Sun 09-Jun-19 22:17:50

I thought it was going to have a really clever ending but it didn't particularly

Portulaca Sun 09-Jun-19 23:41:48

I borrowed the audio book from the library and that really helped to keep up the pace and kerp me interested in the story. Otherwise I might have been tempted to give up. DH read it before me and said he found it hard to keep track of all the characters.

It is difficult and needs so much concentration. Wouldn't be tempted to re-read.

friedbeansandcheese Sun 09-Jun-19 23:43:08

I didn’t finish it. I was drawn in by the USP and it didn’t work for me. Too repetitive and dull. Shame.

strawberrypenguin Sun 09-Jun-19 23:44:51

I didn't love it and I wanted to! The end really annoyed me. Overall I don't think I really enjoyed it much.

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