In the acknowledgments of this book it says that the author wished to write a novel worthy of Agatha Christie. When I was reading this I literally described it as "Agatha Christie on steroids with a sci-fi twist". So, Mister Turton, mission accomplished.
Despite this book being quite hefty, 506 pages, I never felt bored, or felt that things were redundant or unnecessary. Not even once. I just gave myself to this book completely and savored it bit by bit.
I've heard people saying that this book takes a bit to get used to, because of how complicated it is, and all I have to say to that is "ummm what?". Because unless you've never in your life read a mystery book, or a book with time hops, this is in no way a complicated book. The writing propels the story forward and the time hops gradually make a lot of sense once you get to know more and more of the characters.
“So many memories and secrets, so many burdens. Every life has such weight. I don’t know how anybody carries even one.”
“What use is rearranging the furniture if you burn the house down doing it?”
I don't want to talk much about the plot (or at all really) because I feel that it's best to go into this book blindly. Which is normally the case with mystery books - the less you know the better. What I want to talk about is the mount of work it took to write this book. Recently I've been trying to always read author notes, because I feel like it lets me know them and the book better and on a deeper level.
The amount of time it took to plan this book is astonishing to me. The author had different ideas brewing for years, but the right idea struck him much, much later and of course, very randomly. Just the mapping out of the book took 3 months, and then that stretched into more months and then years. And 10 years later this masterpiece was born.
“The future isn’t a warning my friend, it’s a promise, and it won’t be broken by us. That’s the nature of the trap we’re caught in.”
So does this mean that we will have to wait 10 years for his next book? I sure as hell hope not!
For the mystery lover - I cannot recommend this book enough. For a lover of beautiful writing (the writing is very refined and classic, without ever being boring)- I cannot recommend this book enough. For those who love sci-fi, especially one where a day is relived times and times again - yes, Cannot recommend this book enough.
Also, not to be morbid or anything, but I hope that Agatha Christie and Stuart Turton meet in an afterlife, so she can tell him herself just how good of a job he did.