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:338 pages pages

The Stranger Diaries Reviews

  • Book of Secrets
    Mar 23, 2019
    4.5 Stars ? THE STRANGER DIARIES was creepy good fun! Clare is a high school English teacher, as well as a scholar of 19th century Gothic novelist R.M. Holland, who once lived in the building where she teaches. When one of her colleagues is murdered, mysterious events begin to mirror...
  • Liz
    Feb 28, 2019
    Despite a dear friend telling how much she loves the Ruth Galloway series, I?ve never read Elly Griffiths. So her first stand alone novel seemed like a good place to start, especially when it was compared to Magpie Murders. ?A modern gothic mystery?, according to the book?s d...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 31, 2019
    Well, she's three for three, or I should say that this author, Elly Griffiths has not ever let me down. Her Ruth Galloway series is in my top ten, her newer Magic Men series is growing on me more and more, now this a standalone. All are in my view, terrific. She just is a master of atm...
  • Debra
    Feb 27, 2019
    "It can be a dangerous thing, reading too much." Clare Cassidy, a high school English teacher, specializes in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland. She and the rest of the school is shocked when one of her friends and colleagues is found dead with a line from Holland's most famous story,...
  • 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...
  • sue
    Mar 16, 2019
    I?m swimming against the tide here. I found this book hard to get into, maybe it?s a case of ?it?s not you it?s me? and my frame of mind is not right. Who knows. The different perspectives were easy enough to follow. The characters diverse enough. The ghostly feeling...
  • Phrynne
    Feb 22, 2019
    What a great book and a complete surprise to me as it was my first by this author. I have made a note to try her Ruth Galloway series as soon as possible! The Stranger Diaries is a contemporary mystery with a Gothic flavour. There's a book within the book, old houses with creepy pas...
  • 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 ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Mar 18, 2019
    Elly Griffiths is well known for her Ruth Galloway series. The Stranger Diaries is a stand-alone and my first book by Elly Griffiths. I read it in our Traveling Sisters reading group. A gothic murder mystery with a modern twist, a whodunnit, and a ghost story. The Stranger Diari...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Mar 19, 2019
    5 Gothic Stars Clare is an English teacher at Talgarth High School which was the home of an author named R.M. Holland. R.M. Holland's wife, Alice died and she roams and haunts the school. Clare was a fan of his book, The Stranger. She specializes in the gothic writer, R.M. Holland. ...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Mar 27, 2019
    4 stars rounded up to 5 I have to admit that the first time I started this book I was a little put off with all of the descriptions of gloomy gothic feeling British schools and talking about ?The Stranger? a book by a supposedly famous author, none of which I knew anything abou...
  • 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...
  • Sarah Joint
    Mar 24, 2019
    Four and a half stars for this absorbing and witty gothic mystery. Clare Cassidy reads a lot of novels, many of which feature ghosts and tragedy. She's even writing a biography about an enigmatic horror author she admires, who happened to live at the very school she teaches. She's ...
  • Sandy
    Feb 26, 2019
    Elly Griffiths takes a break from her popular series to bring us a spooky stand alone. And you get 2 stories for the price of one. Clare Cassidy is a recently divorced english teacher who moved to the Sussex coast with her daughter for a fresh start. She?s working on a book about ...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Apr 17, 2019
    3.5 Stars. Thank you to the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing an advance reader copy via NetGalley. Murder mysteries aren't my usual favorite reading genre, but because of its gothic flavor and setting in England and Scotland, I took the plunge. Decades ago when S...
  • 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...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    Mar 30, 2019
    3.5 stars (rounded up) for Elly Griffiths' modern gothic mystery, The Stranger Diaries Clare Cassidy is an English teacher specializing in Gothic writer R.M. Holland and his short story, The Stranger . Clare is working on a book based on the mysterious life of R.M. Holland, who onc...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Feb 24, 2019
    My friends in the UK love this author, and it?s about time I try an Elly Griffiths? book! And it?s a win! The Stranger Diaries is a gothic mystery of sorts centered on Clare Cassidy. She?s a high school English teacher whose area of expertise is a particular Gothic author. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Feb 23, 2019
    "Nothing in the world is hidden forever."-Wilkie Collins, No Name NetGalley and I have been playing this game where it tempts me with a book, I play coy, and then one night after a few glasses of wine I click the READ NOW button and, the next thing I know, I'm the proud owner of a s...
  • Katie B
    Mar 12, 2019
    What I enjoyed most about this book is how it was this interesting combination of a mystery taking place in modern day England and yet it also had this old-fashioned, gothic vibe to it. It was actually refreshing to read because this one felt more like a straightforward mystery rather ...
  • marilyn
    Mar 01, 2019
    This is my first Elly Griffiths novel and I'll be checking out more of her novels in the future. The story is told from three POVs although there is also a short story contained within the novel that gives us a fourth narrator for those parts of the book. The short story is The Strange...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kylie D
    Mar 05, 2019
    An atmospheric thriller, full of chilling scenes, I found this book very hard to put down. Clare is a teacher at a high school, set in a historic old building. It is the former home of writer RM Holland, author of the ghost story The Stranger. Then Clare's friend and colleague, Ella...
  • Paulette
    Mar 11, 2019
    Something a little different from the usual thriller..... Its Gothic, haunting, mystery who dunnit. I loved the setting a creepy historic old building which was once home to gothic writer RM Holland: His most famous work a short story ?The Stranger?. The building is now the loc...