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Publisher's Summary

The rules of Blackheath: Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m. There are eight days and eight witnesses for you to inhabit. We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer. 

Understood? Then let's begin....

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others....  

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity that it will leave listeners guessing until the very last second.

©2018 Stuart Turton (P)2018 Tantor

What the critics say

"Readers may be scratching their heads in delicious befuddlement as they work their way through this novel, but one thing will be absolutely clear: Stuart Turton is an author to remember." (Booklist starred review)

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Amazing

Very well written! fantastically narrated! I never wanted it to end! A true whirlwind of emotions until the very end!

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Excellent listen!

His female voices were a little weird but otherwise a great book! It was very intriguing!

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Loved it!

Amazing narrative and history totally recommended if u are into suspense pilled up hahaha plot very well structured and delightful descriptions. :)

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A Most Interesting Book

The author is excellent. I loved not only his writing style but also his ability describe even the smallest detail in a most wondrous descriptive manner.
The storyline too is very well crafted. It kept my attention well in place right to the end, which in itself was quite clever. A good book must always have a good ending.

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pay attention - lots of moving parts

A very enjoyable premise for a murder mystery. Full of human frailty and the deep basic good that lies at the heart of some but not all. It definitely kept me guessing. I admire the ability of the author to weave such a complicated story. There are parts that don't seem to make sense until later which is definitely the experience of the main character. It helps the reader feel what the main character felt at times in terms of being behind the game but then being able to see it later.

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What a twist!

I hesitated on this one because of the length, but I’m so glad I dove in! This twist on a typical whodunit story added so much depth and now I wish it was even longer!

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Simply breathtaking!

Imagine a mix between Steven Hall's Raw Shark Texts, Jonathan Lynn's Clue movie, Downton Abbey, and Agatha Christie; all combined into a grand chess game like narrative. I'd been waiting awhile to be able to sink my teeth (read ears) into this work! The novel simply goes above and beyond.

If you're looking for a twisty tale you'd be hard pressed to find one better than this phenomenal debut

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Convoluted, Nonsensical, Unsatisfying

This book was an absolute chore to get through. I had a feeling, about 1/3 of the way in, that there was gonna be no satisfying way of explaining/resolving the story, and I wish I had given up on this book at that point. Instead, I struggled through the remaining two thirds like a stubborn idiot, and it sucked.

There are a lot of different threads (or timelines) to keep track of in this story, and I made a conscious effort to construct a mental timeline (or eight mental timelines), so that I knew who was doing what throughout the course of the story. I thought this might help solve the murder mystery at the heart of the story, but in the end, there was no payoff. The solution comes out of left field, and not in a neat or especially interesting way.

The story suffers from the same problem as most stories involving time travel or time loops, in that there are paradoxes that never really make sense, and everything just becomes a complicated bunch of nonsense.

On the bright side, the narrator was quite good, if a little on the slow-paced side for my taste. Good intonation, good character voicing. Despite his best efforts, though, I just couldn't enjoy this book, no matter how much I wanted to.

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excellent

J'ai adoré. J'aime le narrateur et son accent. Ainsi que la fin. Merci pour tout.

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Fantastic take on time loop/murder genre

I heard good things about this book, and after this I wholeheartedly agree! This book was engaging and riveting from end to end, stringing the reader along with a perfect mixture of long and short term questions, reveals, and twists. The concept of course requires some suspension of disbelief, and inherently creates some paradoxical situations, but in my opinion these are dealt with in a very satisfying way that treats the reader well and doesn't get too tangled up in trying to explain the paradox in excessive detail (which is of course definitionally impossible with a time paradox).

Incredible story and great performance by the narrator.

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  • 2019-05-08

Disappointed

I was intrigued by this novel's description, and I WANTED to like it, but I was seriously disappointed. We're dropped into the middle of things, and I didn't get any sense of the narrator as a person. Couldn't even finish listening to it, which is rare for me.
The narrator is okay, but the story itself felt very nebulous rather than mysterious/suspenseful/intriguing -- any of which can be enjoyable.

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  • Ree
  • 2019-08-23

Almost Brilliant

A fascinating concept, fantastic mystery, fabulous gothic setting and atmosphere, and some truly gorgeous writing. As often happens when you dabble with time, a few things just didn’t quite work, and the story was so convoluted that it got a bit clunky in places. It also fully embraced the less appealing aspect of the mystery genre by loading up the end with long explanations, most by the villain in order to give our hero a chance to escape/outwit his opponent. And a lot of the “outwitting” depended on things the hero had done “offscreen”, only—unless I missed something—we were with him every minute weren’t we?—from waking in one host to waking in the next? Some streamlining and restructuring would have done it a world of good, and, personally (this will be vague so as not to give spoilers), I think a bit of clarity about the underlying physical structure and rules of Blackheath would have also helped. I expected it to be more of an ”unplugging” persay—due to the nature of the host system, the very end didn’t really make sense. The real gem of the story was the redemption of 2 characters and how their redemption impacts each other. All nitpicking aside, I did really enjoy the mystery, loved loved loved the house, and I have to go watch Gosford Park now.

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  • Mat
  • 2018-10-18

It’s like clue and Groundhog Day rolled into one.

Okay so I really wanted to like this book . There is a lot of love for it everywhere . So this just might be me . It fell flat. The story took way to many turns the ending just fell flat . I would def read another book by author if he does more. He can write . The story just got away from him.

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  • Trent
  • 2018-10-07

A Great Book and Performance

I really enjoyed this book and the performance by the reader. The plot has a kind of Agatha Christie murder mystery feel to it and the mystery is set up very well. It's fun jumping from character to character, each time receiving a clue and then trying to figure out where it fits in to the story. It reminded me of the movie Memento directed by Christopher Nolan. If you like that type of story setup then I recommend this book.

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  • blutoes
  • 2019-02-04

A unique idea, but badly executed

I was really excited about this book because it seemed exactly like something I would like. While the idea was really unique, the writing was just terrible. What should have been a taught thriller was written with such inconsistency that it made it frustrating. People and rules would just drop in and/or change whenever the author felt like it. Some characters were described in excruciatingly repetitive detail, and others hardly at all. It seemed almost like something that someone would write in school. It's really a shame because I've read a lot of time-loop thrillers and it seemed like this one would be different. It is too bad that the author wasn't able to execute the idea well.

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  • Princess Buttercup
  • 2018-12-03

An Amazing Experience

I loved every second of this book. Excellent narration and totally engrossing story. A must listen!

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  • Christine
  • 2018-11-11

The Groundhog did it

This one hurt. It sparked enough curiosity to keep reading, but never enough to satisfy. It just kept going, and every new discovery was just more of the same. The ending was on a par with the rest of the book - an ending but not a conclusion. I am so glad this is over. At the end I think back on a bunch of hateful, uninteresting characters that filled me with no empathy. Bleech!

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  • RueRue
  • 2020-01-04

Pay attention

Wow, there is a lot to keep track of in this convoluted mystery-fantasy-horror hybrid. Multiple characters, repeating timelines, a sprawling decrepit estate with many locations. Other reviewers have likened it to Clue meets Groundhog Day, and that is a good comparison, but there is much more complexity. While I admired the concept and the author's intention, I think it's a little too confusing at times and definetely too long. Credit to the narrator for giving all of the multiple hosts unique vocal qualities, which helped enormously in keeping track of the characters.

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  • Cat Lover
  • 2019-01-23

Read at 1.25x - Comes together 15 hours in...

I loved the title of this book and love a good mystery but it took 15 hours to finally reveal what was going on.

If this book had just let the reader know that upfront, I think the story would’ve been more enjoyable. Otherwise it was a confusing mess with zero character development.

The narrator was terrible. Spoke very slowly. I sped up the audio 1.25-1.5x ... hardly any voice inflections...

Story was semi interesting but should’ve been an 8-10 hour book.

I’d save your credit.

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  • Reisodi
  • 2018-10-14

Absolutely fantastic

When the book opened, I expected a dry murder mystery, with straightforward plot twists and turns. Even when the mechanic of multiple hosts was explained, I had no idea to what lengths the story would unfold. This was a great story, and I would highly recommend it!

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