Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die at least 7 times; the thing is why did Evelyn die? Did someone murder her? Well that is what Aiden Bishop is there for, to seek out the truth.

19 years ago, Thomas Hardcastle died, rumour has it that he died at the hands of his Dad’s best friend Charles, but no one was ever convicted.

19 years on and the Hardcastle’s through a party on the anniversary inviting the same people.

Aiden Bishop wakes up every morning in the body of one of the guests, using their status and resources he must uncover the truth about Evelyn. Every night at 11pm Evelyn kills herself, it looks like suicide, but it can’t be because Aiden would not be here otherwise.

Once Aiden has figured it out, he must tell the plague doctor and if he is right then Aiden will be released.

With the footman roaming the forest trying to kill his other hosts and other rivals who are competing against Aiden, will Aiden solve the mystery of Evelyn Hardcastle?

This book feels like something out of a Cluedo game! Who killed Evelyn? Was it the butler? Was it the parents? The plot was different to any book I have read; however I have watched a similar story-line in a film.

I really enjoyed this book but at time confusing and repetitive but only because Aiden wakes up with no or little memory when he transfers from body to body and has to leave himself little notes. The ending was slightly confusing for me, however I did not mind this as it made my brain work that bit harder which was weirdly nice.

I would suggest creating a mind map so that you can keep track of the characters and the plot.

At times I felt like Aiden was a bit slow on the uptake and kept willing him to hurry up his investigation but once he got into it, there was no stopping him.

Therefore, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn is an all-round intriguing book, that will keep you guessing and wanting to find out more. Each time Aiden swaps character you find out a piece of information that keeps you wanting more. Thank you, Stuart, for writing such a great book.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle also has a great message and reminder that everyone deserves a second chance.

 

 

Matthew Cave, a budding journalist gets handed the scoop of the century! A man is found mummified frozen in ice!

Matthew’s editor wants him to break the story immediately but a series of events prevents him from doing this for a while and Matthew ends up on a completely different story.

In 1973 four men were murdered, the case remained unsolved and the investigating officer had gone missing.

He receives a note book which contains the notes of the case made by Jakob the investigating officer.

As Matthew delves into the past, the chapters rotate backwards and forwards, telling both sides of the story. We, the readers are desperate to put the story together until eventually everything unfolds.

As the case progresses Matthew suspects that whoever committed the murders was quite high up in the political rank and as he struggles to prove it, an ex convict who agrees to help him, becomes his only hope.

A great story but not for the faint hearted as some of the descriptions are quite gruesome, however I did enjoy this story, I like books who can offer me something different and not the same. The Girl Without Skin definitely delivered.

One of the things that the author does really well is to describe the  Greenlandic area beautifully, it’s like I’m there.

I love the characters, they all seem realistic and some contrast each other very well, for example Matthew and Turnnapaq develop an unlikely friendship. She is stubborn, headstrong and an ex convince wgereas Matthew has a good heart and will do anything for you if you need help. I can also sense chemistry between them

So, is this the end or the beginning for Matthew? Can he solve the mursers before it’s too late?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus’s book was a hit, it was a bestseller and he had Harry to thank for that. Marcus now had the life of a celebrity, everyone saying how much they enjoyed his book. The only thing is he seems to have forgotten who his real friends are.

One day Marcus was having a terrible time, his publisher wasn’t being very patient. Marcus had signed a deal for two more books but he began to have writer’s block. Instantly he called Harry for help.

Harry was a college professor and met Marcus that way, he could tell that Marcus Goldman had potential and so he gave him extra writing lessons.

Goldman flew from New York to Somerset and stayed in Harry’s beautiful house, Goose Cove; hoping to find inspiration for his book but nothing came.

Until the remains of a body of a young woman were found in Harry’s garden. Harry is immediately arrested but maintains his innocence. Marcus knew this and weren’t heave and earth investigating, trying to find the real killer and then he found it – Harry had an affair with a 15-year-old girl…

Much to everyone’s annoyance Goldman starts his own investigation, determined to prove that Harry is innocent. Somerset is a small town where everyone knows everyone and dredging up the past on something that happened 33 years ago was not a good idea.

The case was strange, a woman who lived on the edge of a forest, saw a young girl in red being chased by a young man. Deborah Cooper called the police straight away to report this. The girl then turned up Deborah’s house, Deborah called the police again but after she was shot through the heart and Nola had disappeared; her remains were found a couple of miles away. The two police officers on the scene were baffled – no witnesses, no evidence nothing. One woman dead, the other missing. Due to lack of evidence the case was closed for 33 years,

However what Marcus discovers is a trail of deceit, corruption, and secrets that have been buried. Is Harry innocent? Does Marcus find the real killer?

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair has a great storyline, one that kept me really intrigued. Just when I thought I figured out who killed Nola – the 15-year-old girl, the author takes the book in a completely different direction and throws me off guard. Turns out I was half right in the end! We meet a lot of lovely people as they talk about their encounter with Harry and what they thought of him.

The book begins with Marcus where we find out about his success and what drove him too it. The book goes back and forth from past the present as Marcus talks about his life and his relationship with Harry until they find the remains of the young girl. This is when we find out about Harry’s life.

During this book, there are quite a few interesting twists. The only downside I would say that the book is very long, over 500 pages. At times it can be a bit too descriptive but that did not put me off – it just took me a little longer to read.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert affair has its chapters start backwards, which is quite unusual, and it has an eye-catching cover.

 

Therefore, add this book onto your reading list, as it is a great psychological thriller.

Andrew grabbed Harry’s shirt collar. ‘Look closer, Harry. Use your eyes! See…’ he started, then gave up and sank back on the pillow.

‘See what?’ Harry persisted, but Andrew had closed his eyes and was waving for him to stop.

Inger Holter – a young Norwegian girl has been murdered and Norway’s best detective Harry Hole has been assigned to help with the case. Poor Harry must pack his bags and travel all the way to Australia. When Harry arrived it was soon clear to Harry that he was meant to sit back and watch, but as he delves deeper it is obvious there is a serial killer on the loose.

The Bat is the first of 10 books in the Harry Hole series. It is best to read them in order as he does reference them in each book and you may misunderstand his character.

The book was originally written in Norwegian, it has been translated into English so that we can enjoy the novel too.

The Bat is a slow starter but Jo has to set the scene somehow, this way we learn a lot about Harry and we also learn a lot about Australian Aboriginal history, not only is the author educating his character but he is educating us too.

Whilst reading this book, several things cropped up for me. Why did Harry have to come all the way from Norway to assist in the case? Surely, they have not run out of police officers? However, as the book progresses it soon becomes clear that the case needed an outsider’s touch as he could see things that the other could not.

The bar fight that Harry started seems a bit odd and out of place in the book. It seems a bit reckless for a top policeman to begin a fight but the reason it is there to show more of Harry’s impulsive character.

The first half of the novel shows Harry not doing much work but this is due to Jo building up the scene and trying to show us who Harry is and his past.  Also the Australian expect Harry to sit back and relax but that is not who he is – he did not become Norway’s best detective by sitting on his bum!

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