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  • A fine and head-muddling mystery

    A fine and head-muddling twist on your good old murder mystery. It has an outstanding plot. It has hints and clues dropped by the author that you still can’t make heads or tails of. For example, I was so sure the title “7 ½ Deaths” is a dead giveaway (pun intended), but I was wrong. What, Evelyn dies 7.5 times? Or is it our hero Aidan fails 7 times and almost succeeds on the 8th time? I still couldn’t figure it out even when I was 70% through. The author carefully crafted twists and turns that are sure to keep readers guessing. Reading Stuart Turton’s writing, I get the feeling that every sentence is precise, in the sense that it’s doing what it’s supposed to do. Not a word was wasted, every word serves a purpose. There is no wishy-washy sentences or clichès that fills up the paragraphs. Stuart Turton utilises personification techniques liberally in his work. The effect it has is astonishing – readers get a precise and immersive setting where they can lose themselves. One thing that’s highlighted in every review ever for this book is the absence of emotional engagement with readers. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t notice it until after I’ve finished the book and read reviews because I was wholly engrossed in the convoluted mystery. However, I think emotional engagement with readers is a very important thing to establish but this book is an exception. It’s such a complex, time-restrained conundrum that the readers are just holding their breaths for that final reveal.

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  • Gripping

    Couldn't put it down. I was lucky I started reading it in Spain while on holiday or it might have taken over my life. Brilliant

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  • Seven near death reading attempts

    I nearly didn’t read this book. The first few chapters were so confusing with no clear protagonist and a seedy unattractive backdrop that I gave up reading more than once (maybe not seven times though). But I kept coming back to it, picking at it like a half-healed scab wound until it finally grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. In the end I couldn’t put it down and did indeed keep reading into the early hours. The homage to Agatha Christie in the afterword finally made sense and explained why there was the echo of her mystery construction breathing through the pores of this novel. I finished the book with the haunting need to know more about the hero and heroine (if those are the right terms) and where their lives led on from the final page. And that surely is the very best recommendation a book can have.

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  • Stunning and addictve!

    The best boom i have read in a long time! Amazing characters and plot that gets you thinking yet keeps you guessing. Wonderful story!

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  • Great suspense. One of a kind

    The best book I have read for some time. Good characters, suspense and very hard to put down.

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