The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
FICTION (HARPERCOLLINS) BY STUART TURTON, $25.
“I forget everything between footsteps,” starts the narrator, who has lost sight of his identity and purpose all in an instant. He ambles through the forest to the antiquated manor nearby, where, much to his relief, he’s recognized by other guests there for a masquerade. Tonight, someone will die, and it’s up to this storyteller to solve the murder. If he doesn’t? He’ll awaken again to start the same day anew—but as a different houseguest. The odds are stacked against him; he has eight tries, few reliable allies and many obstacles. My favourite mystery so far this year, it’s Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day and Black Mirror mashed up into the kind of tale you just can’t put down. —SC