Aiden wakes up not knowing who he is or where he is…he’s told three rules:
- Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11 pm.
- There are eight days and eight witnesses that Aiden will physically inhabit in order to find clues.
- He can only leave Blackheath House once he can tell “them” who killed Evelyn Hardcastle.
This book sounds amazing, right?!? And it was recommended by a person whom I really like and admire her taste in books so I was excited to read it and I even chose it for my book club selection since I’m up this month. Unfortunately, I love the idea of the book far more than the reading of it. Although, I’m not sure why. The writing is superb, and you really get the sense of the people that Aiden is inhabiting. I think it may simply be that the breadcrumbs thrown out for me as the reader weren’t compelling enough (and that’s on me, not the author). By the time I learned what I believed to be the “whole story”, there’s a bit of a twist. I can’t talk about it because it’s huge spoiler territory but let me say that the information revealed in the last 50 pages of the book could EASILY be a book on its on. I was irritated by the fact that these details are tossed out there and barely addressed (but perhaps there will be a book two??).
If you like a little bit of supernatural to go with your classic murder mystery this could be the book for you. I recommend reading it quickly so that you don’t forget the large cast of characters. I put it down several times over the break to read other things and I had to go back and reread certain parts because the devil is in the details and the characters themselves.