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Review of ‘The Devil and the Dark Water’ by Stuart Turton

Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the ARC of this book.

This is a very interesting book. It follows a Holmes and Watsonesque duo on a sea voyage from Batavia to Amsterdam in the 1630s. The ship appears to be besieged by a devil threatening people and causing deaths and the pair must solve the mystery of the deaths. Is it really a supernatural devil or is there a more rational explanation?

It’s a very atmospheric, intriguing and unpredictable book. I think Stuart Turton is a very original author. His books keep you guessing until the end and I was so relieved that it had a very satisfying ending which explained everything.

I found it slightly hard to keep track of all the male characters with unfamiliar Dutch names. However, I particularly enjoyed that the female characters have very modern sensibilities, are strong and intelligent and complain about not having pockets in their dresses.

A very enjoyable historical mystery book with an interesting setting which manages to be both complex and thoroughly readable.

Review of ‘The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ by Stuart Turton

Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for the ARC of this book.

This is going to be a very brief review because I really don’t want to spoil this book for anyone who might want to read it and pretty much anything I say about this book will be a spoiler.

I will just say that this is an incredibly complicated, intricately plotted and astonishingly detailed novel. I found it really difficult to get into because it throws you right into the action with an amnesiac unreliable narrator and it takes a while to get to grips with what is going on; but I’m glad I persisted because it is a thoroughly rewarding and unique read. I was not entirely satisfied with the ending but the journey was very interesting. 

I think the title is a bit misleading, I was expecting the book to be about a woman called Evelyn; however, she’s a fairly secondary character. Instead, it is told from a very buttoned-up traditional male perspective, which I found a bit off-putting to start off with. 

I’d definitely recommend this book to fans of golden age crime looking for thoroughly modern and mind-bending interpretation of the traditional 1920s crime novel.