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Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar – Scottish Review of Books

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton
Bloomsbury £8.99
by SRB

Books of the Year 2018- A Literary Advent Calendar

December 8, 2018 | by SRB


We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick one, or two, books — published this year or in the past — that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December — so keep reading for great ideas about what to read next and visit your nearest high street bookshop to purchase your Christmas gifts! Today’s selection is from Jacqueline Thompson-Tadrowski.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton.

How to do this dark jewel of a book justice? An Agatha Christie-esque whodunnit set in a sinister stately home in the 1920s, featuring a Groundhog Day time loop and Quantum Leap-style body-hopping. The plot: tormented Aiden Bishop is trapped in the various bodies of the inhabitants of Blackheath House, doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he solves the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. Thrilling, addictive, genuinely terrifying, utterly original and mind-fizzingly ingenious… I cannot do it justice, and nor can I get it out of my head.

Jacqueline Thompson-Tadrowski participated in the Emerging Critics scheme in 2016. Since then she has gained a PhD, worked as a writer in Edinburgh and welcomed a baby girl (and future bookworm) into the world. She blogs at: https://abookwormmum.com.

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