The Stranger Diaries

The Stranger Diaries

From the author of the beloved Ruth Galloway series, a modern gothic mystery for fans of Magpie Murders and The Lake House. Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare?s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. H From the author of the beloved Ruth Galloway series, a modern gothic mystery for fans of Magpie Murders and The Lak...

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Title:The Stranger Diaries
Author:Elly Griffiths
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:The Stranger Diaries
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Stranger Diaries Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 31, 2019
    I enjoyed The Zig Zag Girl by this author, and fully intend to go back and read her first series, which I've heard good things about. This book was harder to read, because I felt little investment with the characters or interest in the story. It did feel like every character was intent...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ingrid
    Feb 06, 2019
    Reaading Elly Griffiths is like coming home, her style is comfortable and familiar. The story has a gothic element and is built up well. ...
  • Eva
    Feb 11, 2019
    It?s official! Elly Griffiths can do no wrong in my eyes and has found herself a spot on my list of go-to authors. You may be familiar with Elly Griffith?s fantastic Ruth Galloway series (which I really need to get caught up on) or her equally brilliant Stephen & Mephisto serie...
  • 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 ...
  • Jayme
    Feb 05, 2019
    Clare Cassidy is an English teacher, at Talgrath High, who specializes in teaching about the (fictional) Gothic writer, R.M Holland, author of the famous short story titled, ?The Stranger? and a former resident of the school. It has been rumored that his wife, Alice, had either...
  • Steven
    Feb 16, 2019
    So good! Review to come closer to release ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Carolyn
    Feb 04, 2019
    Clare Cassidy, divorced and living with her 15 y old daughter Georgie, left London for a quieter life on the Sussex coast where she teaches English at a comprehensive school. Part of the attraction of the school for Clare, is that one of the older sections was once the home of the goth...
  • ❀⊱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...
  • 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...
  • Meredith
    Feb 11, 2019
    Creepy and Witty! The Stranger Diaries is about an English teacher whose life begins to mirror a Gothic murder mystery. Clare, a single mother to 15-year-old Georgie, is an English teacher in an idyllic seaside town. She happens to teach in the school where famous author R.M. H...
  • Gail C.
    Feb 09, 2019
    This is one of the most atmospheric books I?ve read in a long time. The characters and settings are so well written, it evokes pictures in my head much as if I?m watching a movie, one that has been filmed in black and white. The story reels you in as it unfolds at the perfect pace...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Crime by the Book
    Feb 16, 2019
    5/5 stars for this fantastic modern take on Gothic suspense! How on earth have I waited until now to read a book by Elly Griffiths?! I absolutely loved The Stranger Diaries . This mystery will be perfect for readers who love slow-burning yet immersive suspense, bonus points if crime...
  • 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...
  • 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...