The Devil and the Dark Water – Book Review

The Devil and the Dark Water by:Β Stuart Turton
PublishedΒ on: October 6, 2020

Surviving isn’t winning. It is what you do when you’ve lost.

The Devil and the Dark Water is a paranormal mystery inspired by the Batavia shipwreck of 1628. The true story of the Batavia is horrific. A shipwreck by itself would be terrifying, but it takes a further insidious and sinister turn even after the survivors find their way to a nearby island. If you ever happen to read the true account, you might actually think it is a bad plot of a horror novel, except in this case it happens to be true. Drawing on this, the author uses people/roles, names, and places to create his story. And while there are similarities The Devil and the Dark Water is not a retelling or accounting of the actual shipwreck, but is its own unique story.

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton
Published on:  September 18, 2018
5-stars

7 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is what has been accurately described as an Agatha Christie mystery with Downton Abbey and Quantum Leap all rolled into one.  I had the pleasure of listening to this book on audio and seriously loved every single moment.  It is easily one of the most clever and well thought-out books I’ve ever read.  My mind is blown just thinking about what it must have taken to create the timeline alone for the entire narrative.  On top of that I can’t even begin to imagine how much time, effort, diligence, and patience it took to plot out every single plot point without making a huge misstep.  By the end of the novel no stone was left unturned and there was no lingering unanswered question that I could smugly say “you missed this one little thing…”

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