The Stranger Diaries

The Stranger Diaries

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International Bestseller "This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end." —People Death lies between the lines when the events of a dark story start coming true in this haunting modern Gothic mystery, perfect for fans of Magpie Murders and The Lake House. Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she even teaches a course on him. But when one of Clare’s colleagues is found dead, with a line from Holland’s iconic story “The Stranger” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with her favorite literature. The police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her diary, the only outlet for her suspicions and fears. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn't hers, left on the page of an old diary: Hallo Clare. You don’t know me. Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?
Publisher: [S.l.]: HMH Books, 2019.
ISBN: 9781328576088
Characteristics: 304 p.
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TSCPL_Miranda Oct 12, 2020

In this modern Gothic mystery, the fictional deaths of a famous short story begin playing out in real life. High school teacher Clare Cassidy specializes in Gothic literature, especially the writer R. M. Holland, and she teaches in a high school built around the author’s old home. People say a woman in white appears at the school as a herald of impending death. At the beginning of the story one of Clare’s colleagues is found dead, in a way that unmistakably references Holland’s most famous short story, which Clare teaches every year. As the police search for the killer, Clare discovers that someone has written a puzzling message in her diary. She is sure the killer is someone close to her. As people keep dying, it seems that the murderer could be just about anyone, and the police may not be able to catch him or her in time.

I loved everything about this book. The story is told from three perspectives: Clare, her brilliant teenage daughter, and the lead detective working the case. There is plenty of intrigue and alternate theories, good character development, and a twisty ending I did not see coming. If you like to listen, the audiobook is narrated by a cast of wonderful readers.

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TayRaymond
Sep 21, 2020

The story line and build up were great. She had me on my toes through the whole book. The ending, however, felt rushed and it didn’t do the story line justice

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Dmartin2525
Aug 18, 2020

Absolutely loved it -- I could not put this book down. Highly recommend!

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fpsutka
Jul 31, 2020

I enjoyed reading it during the lockdown however I found that the female detective was a bit wierd and had a chip on her shoulder!

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Brontina66
Jun 19, 2020

I knew Elly Griffiths for her Max Mephisto and Edgar Stephens series, really good mysteries. This story is more Gothic than thriller, I must say, and really enjoyable. The title refers to the a ghost story written by a famous author, whose house has now become a school. The ghost story is truly chilling and, if you read it alone and in the dark, beware! The narration is fluid, with three first-person narrators that offer us a wide perspective on every event. I don't want to say too much, but I can add that this novel can easily compete with the best Victorian mysteries. There are unexplained events that seem to have a supernatural origin and a very dangerous murderer that has no compassion for anyone. Being a teacher myself, I also especially enjoyed the setting - a middle and high school. Be ready to be scared!

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Gunvor
Jun 08, 2020

I hope I'll be contacted when I can pick up this mystery
Thank you

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delphimo
May 23, 2020

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths presents a better mystery with two mysteries within the novel and three narrators: a mother, Clare, her daughter, Georgia, and the police inspector, DS Harbinder Kaur. Griffiths utilizes quotations from Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest, plus passages from The Stranger by RM Holland. Griffiths displays the full story of The Stranger at the end of the book. As new people are murdered, the hunt for the killer accelerates. What is the motive? Envy? Love? Diaries by Clare and Georgia relate feelings and frustrations that could lead to murder. One of the memorable quotations from The Tempest appears at all the murder scenes, “hell is empty, and all the devils are here”. So many clues and such inspiring quotations.

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ShastaCat
Jan 06, 2020

A fabulous suspenseful read. I could not put it down.

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Anita1980
Dec 26, 2019

I struggled through half of the book and then had to toss it. I found that the suspense never really built up sufficiently to keep me reading. There was also a lot of filler in the book so lots of insignificant details which never really added to the plot or to character development. I also found the three point narrative a little pointless.

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abcedmillered
Dec 09, 2019

This mystery goes by fast. It's somewhat amusing to draw parallels between gothic fiction and a modern-day mystery, but it damages the my ability to relate to the characters. Neat to have a diverse main detective.

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