The Stranger Diaries

The Stranger Diaries

A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time? A gripping contemporary Gothic thriller from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries: Wilkie Collins and MR James meet Gone Girl and Disclaimer. Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer RM Holland, she teaches a shor A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time? A gripping contemporary...

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Title:The Stranger Diaries
Author:Elly Griffiths
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B077XH4CQ3
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Stranger Diaries Reviews

  • Blair
    Apr 15, 2018
    Clare teaches English ? key stage 3 in term time, adult creative writing courses over the holidays ? and specialises in the work of R.M. Holland, a 19th-century writer of ghost stories whose personal life was as lurid as his fiction. At the beginning of the book, Clare receives a p...
  • Karen
    Oct 30, 2018
    Elly Griffiths is well known for her Ruth Galloway and Mephisto and Stephens series? but if you?re not familiar with those, fear not, for The Stranger Diaries is a standalone. It starts with a story from long ago, recounted by a stranger on a train at Halloween ? this immediat...
  • Jess at JessicaWrites.co.uk
    Oct 20, 2018
    DNF @ 5% I am just not a fan of the way this is written and it's making it incredibly difficult to read and get into/invested. I feel bad for not even getting 25% through as this was an ARC but I just can't bring myself to carry on. ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Nov 20, 2018
    If you enjoyed the way MAGPIE MURDERS combined a cozy country mystery with a modern one, THE STRANGER DIARIES does something similarly smart with gothic novels. It totally gets the gothic tradition to the point that I got actually creeped out a few times while reading it. While not qui...
  • Fictionophile
    Dec 08, 2018
    I have long been a fan of Elly Griffiths ? in particular her fabulous Ruth Galloway mystery series. Therefore I was beyond excited to learn that she had written a new, stand-alone novel. ?Stranger Diaries? has three distinct narrators and I was engaged with all three. I enjoye...
  • Richard
    Oct 24, 2018
    Two books for the price of one. Elly Griffiths has a new crime mystery that has no direct link with her two established series. One of the things it does have in common is that it is very good. Full of her delightful humour and investable characters but for her as an author a bold ven...
  • Tammie
    Oct 23, 2018
    The Stranger Diaries was a solid 4 stars for me. A mystery/thriller, this book centers around main characters Clare (a divorced English teacher who specializes in RM Holland), Georgie (her 15 year old daughter), and Harbinder Kaur (a detective). Most of this thriller centers around t...
  • Kate
    Oct 04, 2018
    Elly Griffiths can do no wrong in my eyes and this fantastic stand alone Gothically atmospheric mystery is every bit as brilliant as I knew it would be. I loved everything about it (but especially Herbert the Dog). Perfect reading for these longer evenings. Review to follow shortly on ...
  • Susan
    Oct 11, 2018
    Although I was interested in the description of this novel, I was, initially, a little wary. I had tried Elly Griffiths popular Ruth Galloway series, and stalled with it. However, I am glad that I gave this a try, as I absolutely loved it and it has made me determined to go back and gi...
  • Linda
    Oct 30, 2018
    Heavy draperied rooms, long winding staircases, and imposing carved wooden doors lend themselves to a Victorian Gothic panoramic view. Elly Griffiths sets this treasure box of a story within the walls of Talgarth Academy in Sussex. There's an array of buildings that stretch across ...
  • Laura
    Oct 28, 2018
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com I am a big Elly Griffiths fan, and love her Ruth Galloway series, so I was intrigued to try a book with different characters in it. The Stranger Diaries definitely feels like a different read, but it was just as entertaining and absorbing as her ...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    Jan 02, 2019
    The Norfolk settings first drew me to Elly Griffiths? Ruth Galloway series - Kings Lynn is one of my very favourite English towns. But after several outings I?d begun to find Ruth annoying. The Zig-Zag Girl featured a fascinating period - the 1950s - but stage magic and Brighton do...
  • Fran
    Jan 20, 2019
    Clare Cassidy, divorcee with 15 year old daughter Georgia, had moved from London to West Sussex, having accepted a position teaching English at Talgarth High School. Clare and Georgia now reside in an isolated house near an abandoned factory. Clare maintains a diary reflecting her inne...
  • Ophelia Sings
    Sep 24, 2018
    'Just like in the books, when Poirot suddenly "knows" who the murderer is, but won't tell anyone because there are a hundred pages still to go.' So states a character less than half way through The Stranger Diaries. The irony being that the reader has already worked out who the mur...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Jul 02, 2018
    Modern gothic with a noir feel, a creepy intelligently woven story and a proper old school whodunit, The Stranger Diaries is a beautifully immersive reading experience. I read it all in one go. Excellent. Full review for publication in November. ...
  • Leah
    Nov 12, 2018
    ?Hell is empty!? Clare Cassidy is writing a biography of the writer RM Holland, who was best known for his terrifying ghost story, The Stranger. So she?s happy to be teaching at Talgarth Academy, a school in Sussex which was once Holland?s home and where his study is still i...
  • Clare
    Oct 30, 2018
    With thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I have been a fan of Elly Griffiths for years and have read all her Ruth Galloway and Mephisto and Stephen mysteries. I was excited when I found this would be a new mystery. English tea...
  • Sherrie
    Dec 09, 2018
    Equally as good as Elly Griffiths series of books. As always, I had no idea who the murderer was. It has kept me riveted from the start ...
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    Jan 12, 2019
    4 Stars. I?m a fan of Elly Griffiths? Ruth Galloway mysteries, and couldn?t wait to sink my teeth into this one. I was not disappointed. It?s a treat! The Stranger Diaries is a perfect concoction of interesting characters, suspense, and thrills with a bit of spookiness throw...
  • Joanna Park
    Nov 05, 2018
    I?m a huge fan of any mystery or thriller that evolves around a book so The Stranger Diaries intrigued me from the start. I love the idea of a book holding clues to a mystery that?s happening in the present so this book was a big hit with me! I wasn?t sure about the main chara...
  • Rachel Hall
    Nov 23, 2018
    Elly Griffiths first sensational standalone is a magnificent piece of storytelling that manages to combine a contemporary murder mystery between the pages of a chilling Gothic ghost story and proves as entertaining as it is atmospheric. The Stranger Diaries not only works as a homage t...
  • Mackey
    Jan 12, 2019
    Elly Griffiths has woven together a tale of gothic suspense, psychological terror and marvelous detective work and thrown in a full measure of classical literature, all of which create a beautiful tapestry called The Stranger Diaries. Whew. If you think that opening line was a lot t...
  • Paromjit
    Oct 12, 2018
    Elly Griffiths writes the perfect October read with this contemporary take on the Victorian Gothic novel set on the Sussex coast. Attractive Clare Cassidy is a divorced English teacher with a 15 year old daughter, Georgia, teaching at local comprehensive school, Talgarth High, where th...
  • Holly  B
    Nov 11, 2018
    An absorbing and unsettling contemporary thriller that mirrors a gothic tale~ Some elements I loved~ 1. There is a gothic Victorian book placed inside the main story.ooh...book inside a book . 2. Several points of view. 3. The mixture of modern and old school. 4. ...
  • 4cats
    Aug 30, 2018
    Ellie Griffiths is known for her Ruth Galloway crime series, so The Stranger Diaries is a change of direction for her. This standalone gothic, murder crime novel manages to unnerve, unsettle and keep you reading until the final outcome of the plot. Clare Cassidy is an English teach...
  • Robin Bonne
    Jan 22, 2019
    DNF @ 27% This book had an interesting setup- divorced mother with childhood trauma moves into a murderous author?s mansion. I really, really tried to like this; gothic fiction is my favorite genre, after all. I ended up hating the main character, Clare. She was insufferable with...
  • Michelle
    Jan 03, 2019
    The Stranger Diaries has the elements of a police procedural, gothic mystery, and possibly a haunting. Yes! Yes! & Yes! Clare Cassidy is a well respected English teacher. Divorced, she lives with her daughter, Georgie, and her adorable pup, Herbert. (I love Herbert!!!) Her best...
  • Roman Clodia
    Sep 09, 2018
    I read this on the strength of Elly Griffiths' name as I love her Ruth Galloway series: this book is entertaining enough but doesn't show off Griffiths' strengths i.e. her ability to create quirky characters like Ruth, Harry, Cathbart etc., and there are only occasional gestures toward...
  • Lucy Banks
    Sep 19, 2018
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. An eerie, cleverly written whodunnit - very enjoyable! It's always a pleasure when I dive into a book with no preconceptions and am pleasantly enthralled by what lies within! I had no idea what sort o...
  • NZLisaM
    Nov 14, 2018
    The perfect blend of gothic horror, psychological suspense, and police procedural! ?"If you?ll permit me,? said the Stranger, ?I?d like to tell you a story.?? As much as I love spooky old houses with a dark history, and possible ghosts sightings, a thought-to-b...