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Stuart Turton

Autor(a) de The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist, born in the United Kingdom. He holds degrees in English and Philosophy. His career has included working in a bookshop, teaching English in Shanghai, working for a technology magazine in London, and writing various travel articles. He is the author of mostrar mais The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. The title in the U.S. is, The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It won the Costa Book Award 2018 category, First Novel. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Stuart Turton is an English internationally bestselling author and journalist.

Turton's debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (released in the US as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) won the First Novel Award at the 2018 Costa Book Awards and has sold in 28 languages. Since publication, it has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK. In an interview, given to The Guardian newspaper, he described writing the book as "just awful".

Turton was born and raised in Widnes, England and educated at The University of Liverpool, where he received a BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy. After graduating, he spent a year working as a teacher in Shanghai, before becoming a technology journalist in London. He moved to Dubai to become a travel journalist, living there for three years until he returned to London to write his first novel.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle won the Best First Novel prize in the 2018 Costa Book Awards and Best Novel in the 2018 Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards. That same year, it was shortlisted for a New Writers' Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards, Debut of the Year at The British Book Awards, and longlisted for a New Blood Dagger and Gold Dagger at the CWA Awards.

Val McDermid selected Turton to appear on her New Blood panel at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival. In 2019, it was shortlised for Best Debut Novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards and longlisted for The Glass Bell Award.



What do you get when you combine the genres of Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror? You get this book but I think the author got a little too carried away with the cleverness of the plot. Maybe it would have been better to read this one rather than listen to it but I'm certainly not going to put in time to check out the print version.

The book starts out with a man regaining consciousness in a forest with no memory of who he is, what he's doing there or anything about his life to that point. The only thing he remembers is the name "Anna" which he calls out when he sees a woman running through the woods away from him. Soon after he hears a gunshot and is convinced the woman, possibly Anna, is dead. As he is flailing around looking for her, someone comes up behind him and slips something into his pocket. Additionally, this man tells him to head east which the man who has lost his memory is able to do thanks to the compass that has been slipped into his pocket. It is still early morning when he emerges from the woods in front of a large manor house. There is a house party being given by the house owners. Everyone who has been invited was present at another party years previously when the son of the family was killed. There is going to be another death this time. The daughter of the family, Evelyn Hardcastle, has lived abroad ever since her brother's death but has come home for this occasion. It is she who is going to be killed and our amnesiac is told by a person in a plague doctor's costume that if he solves who committed the murder he will be able to lead the house. Otherwise, everyone is stuck in the house for perpetuity and this one day will repeat infinitely. Just to make things even more confusing, he will change to a new person in the house party every 24 hours. There are eight hosts in all and each one will remember what happened in their previous host which might be an advantage in finding the murderer. Oh yes, there is also a footman who is trying to kill all the hosts before they can solve the murder. And there is an Anna who may be another rival for finding the solution which will allow someone to leave the estate.

See, I told you it was confusing.
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gypsysmom | 296 outras críticas | Mar 1, 2024 |
The last remnants of humanity -- after several generations, only 125 strong -- live a peaceful existence on a small island that makes up the only land protected from the deadly, insect-filled fog that coated the planet and devoured the rest of humanity. Life is tranquil and idyllic for most of the inhabitants until they awake to find one of the three revered elders, Niema, and several other villagers dead and the fog rolling in. The A.I. overseer, Abi, explains that Niema's death triggered the barriers holding back the fog to drop and they can only be brought up again if Niema's murderer is found and brought to justice. The investigation is complicated as everybody's memories of the night the murder took place have been erased.
It becomes increasingly clear that the mystery runs deeper than the question of who killed Niema and the villagers' society grows more ominous and dystopian the more is revealed.

Abi served as the first-person narrator, but her perspective took a backseat as she focused the narration on the thoughts and feelings of the villagers whose minds she could read. This created a level of distance from all the characters -- from Abi because she is purposefully hiding information and relegating herself to a background element and from the villagers because we aren't fully in their heads, it's filtered through an outside view.
Of the many characters and relationships, we get to see I was most interested in the three elders and what their problems were. Niema, herself, has the air of a cult leader, while the other two benefit from her manipulation of the villagers but hardly participate, keeping to the edges of their society. Emory, an unusually inquisitive villager who takes on the investigation, and her family had more ordinary dysfunctions, that were nonetheless compelling.
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solenophage | 5 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2024 |
Agatha Cristie meets science fiction in a fascinating genre-bending work. It was long, but it needed to be, and I rarely say that about a very long work!

[librarything review]
The concept – the whole book – is extraordinary,

A man wakes up in an unfamiliar body, with no idea who he is, where he is, what he has done or what he should be doing. He will learn that he has been sent to a house party to solve the mystery of the murder of a young woman – Evelyn Hardcastle – at exactly eleven o’clock that night.

He has eight days, he will experience eight different lives; and if he fails to solve the murder by the eighth day he will be sent back to the first day to will start all over again, remembering nothing of those eight days. That cycle will continue, time and time again, until he presents the correct solution.

I was drawn from the start by the voice and the confusion of the narrator. He woke in a forest early in the morning, he heard a shot and believed that there had been a murder that he might have prevented, and he really had no idea who he was, where he was, or how he might find his way out of the forest.

All he knows is a name – Anna.

A sinister figure – who he suspects is a murderer – directs him to the stately home set in the middle of the forest. He learns that he is a house guest there, that no one has any idea who Anna is, and his urgent request to investigate a murder in the woods are not taken seriously at all. All he can do is use his wits to work out who he is and what is going on; because even when he taken up to his room, even when he looks in the mirror, he has no idea who he is, what he has done or what he should be doing.

He begins to find out a little about who he is, he learns a certain amount by listening to what is going on around him; but when he wakes up the next morning he finds that he is someone else entirely.

Later that day he begins to learn about his position and his mission from the strange and mysterious figure who will be his guide – The Plague Doctor.

As the days pass by he will try to complete that mission, but he doesn’t know who he can trust, who might be involved in the crime, and which other lives he might come to occupy; and he has no idea at all why he has fallen into such a nightmarish situation.

He does knows that he must find Anna, and understand what connects the two of them.

I thought that this book might sink under the weight of its complexity but it didn’t; and I had a wonderful time caught in the moment with the narrator and his many hosts.

I loved the different perspectives, and though I didn’t make a significant effort to see if all of the pieces of this gloriously complex puzzle fitted together I can say the things that I spotted did; and that said puzzle and its the myriad overlapping and intertwining story-lines can only have been the work of a brilliantly inventive mind.

They wouldn’t have worked if the characterisation hadn’t been so very well done. All of the hosts were complex, nuanced characters; and to make them live and breathe while maintaining the character and the story of the man who was occupying their bodies and their lives was a magnificent balancing act.

The central story had the familiarity of a Golden Age mystery, but the puzzles were shiny and new. Why was the Hardcastle family throwing a party to commemorate the anniversary of the murder of their child ten years earlier, having invited all the people who were present that day back to the decrepit home they had abandoned years ago? What was the connection between the events that were playing out in the present and the events that had played out ten years earlier?

That could have made a very good book on its own. It would have worked, because although the story is strange and fantastical, the human drama and emotions feel utterly real and its world is so utterly real that it is easy to step into it and be caught up in the story.

The book is so full of unexpected twists and turns, and I had a wonderful time wandering through its pages, knowing that I had some idea of what was going on and waiting for revelations. Those revelations came tumbling out in the final chapters, some of them sticking and some of them being blown away by the wind that bought more answers.

Does the ending live up to what came before? Not quite – but nearly – and I think it was the right ending.

It left me with a head full of thought and ideas, it left we wondering if this strangely real and fantastical world was still spinning, and it made me want to go back to the beginning and make my way though its intricate paths, examining the evidence and admiring the structure and the decoration, all over again.
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OliviainNJ | 296 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |
An interesting book with an very interesting premise, well executed but a bit too labyrinthine for its own good. For the last 100 pages I literally couldn't put it down, but it felt like it took me ages to get there.
DarthFisticuffs | 296 outras críticas | Feb 10, 2024 |



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