Welcome to Friday Reads. Each Friday, I’ll review any books I’ve completed that week, as well as share what I’m reading right now. And by “Each Friday,” I mean “some Fridays.”
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton – 3.5* (Aug 29)
“Gosford Park” meets “Groundhog Day” by way of Agatha Christie – the most inventive story you’ll read this year.
I’m not entirely sure how to rate this book.
I have such mixed feelings about this book. The premise is fascinating—Aiden must solve Evelyn’s murder while reliving the day over and over again, waking as a different guest every time he falls asleep. But I started overthinking it once the various Aidens/guests started interacting with each other, trying to work together, creating a weird time travel sort of wormhole that I struggled to enjoy. I was in love before then, which is sad because the overall mystery was fascinating. Everything became murky and I couldn’t make sense of it because I kept trying to untwist the things that were happening that hadn’t happened yet or why they could possibly happen in that order.
I wanted to love it as much for 450 pages as I loved it for the first 50. Alas, 3.5*.
Another classic I missed somehow. Also, it seems to be my manager’s favorite book so it’s now required reading.
I WILL finish this book today or tomorrow so I can count it for August.
I haven’t picked this up in months but I like to keep it here as a reminder.