The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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 short course on it every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically wh...

Details The Stranger Diaries

TitleThe Stranger Diaries
Release DateNov 1st, 2018
GenreMystery, Gothic, Crime, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews The Stranger Diaries

  • Paromjit
    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 there is a building that Roland Montgomery Holland, a reclusive Victorian writer lived, a man famous for a short story titled The Stranger. Clare is writing a biograp...
  • Linda
    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 the campus including the Old Building that houses the original effects of the writer, R.M. Holland. Holland lived there with his wife, Alice, and an elusive daughter, M...
  • Susan
    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 give Ruth Galloway another try.This is a clever, literary mystery, with an excellent cast of characters. Clare Cassidy is a divorced English teacher, living with teen...
  • Tammie
    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 the school Talgarth High-this is where the famous Victorian writer RM Holland wrote and lived. An interesting character, Clare spends some of her free time researching...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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.
  • Blair
    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 phone call with the awful news that her friend and colleague Ella has been murdered. She's later told a handwritten note was found next to Ella's body: a phrase from...
  • Richard
    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 venture as lacking the security of the familiar. It strays into uncharted territory moreover as there is a cap doffed to gothic horror and ghostly terror.Interspersed wi...
  • Lucy Banks
    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 of story would be, but right from the start, became swiftly engrossed in it. Clare Cassidy is an attractive middle-aged woman - working at a school as a teacher, with a teen...
  • Kate
    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 For Winter Nights.
  • Roman Clodia
    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 towards her trademark comedy/satire bon mots - in fact, the only time Clare raises interest is when she articulates something Ruth would say.The story itself is a modern ...
  • 4cats
    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 teacher working in a school that once was the home of a famous ghost story author. She herself is writing a biography about him when a close friend is murdered. Clare finds ...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on 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 other novels, and the characters - which Elly Griffiths is always so great at shaping - read like real people I could, on the whole, imagine actually existing.The plot ...
  • Evie Braithwaite
    Part murder mystery, part Victorian ghost story, The Stranger Diaries makes for the perfect autumnal read.Clare Cassidy is no stranger to tales of murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland, she teaches a short course on them every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is con...
  • Joelle Egan
    A teacher of creative writing at a British middle school begins experiencing disturbing events that mirror those from a short story in Elly Griffiths’ The Stranger Diaries. Clare is a respected and well-established instructor and researcher at Talgarth, hired during a restructuring effort after the school had experienced a downturn. She lives with her teenage daughter, Georgie, and her beloved dog Herbert. The novel opens as Clare is teaching h...
  • Tripfiction
    Modern Gothic Thriller set in W SussexThis is the first novel I have read by Elly Griffiths (this is remiss and I will address that as soon as possible!). She is a prolific and very popular writer and is to date best known for her Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries and the Stephens and Mephisto novels. The author herself describes this stand-alone novel as modern Gothic.Talgarth High is partly housed in the building that once belonged to author R M Holla...
  • Julie Lacey
    I really enjoyed this book and loved the mix of Elly Griffiths’ narrative along with that of R M Holland’s story. This book is best described as a gothic thriller but as a crime thriller fan there was plenty to keep me interested. The story starts with a murder and Clare is shocked to find it was her best friend. She’s left reeling by the news and then discovers someone has been leaving ‘messages’ in her diary. I must admit that I did g...
  • Subashini
    3.5 stars.A slow-burn standalone mystery by Griffiths with the right amount of atmosphere for Halloween. It features an English teacher, Clare, dealing with the deaths of teachers in her school with plenty of references to a fictional writer of Gothic ghost stories, as well as witchcraft, school ghosts, Wilkie Collins, and Shakespeare. All of which are stuff that I just can't resist. The character of pragmatic cop DS Harbinder is wonderfully real...
  • Sarah
    This is exactly the sort of book I want to hunker down with as the nights get darker and the shadows longer; it's fast paced, spooky, there are plenty of red herrings and multiple narratives to add depth to the overarching story line. Clare is the English Literature teacher with a passion for the author R.M. Holland, and his seminal story 'The Stranger' starts to take on new meaning when her friends and colleagues are found murdered with a key li...
  • Thebooktrail
    This is about gothic secrets, a writer with a room in a modern day college which has not been changed, an expert on a book in Cambridge and secrets of killings which may be inspired by a gothic book....Set in Sussex and Cambridge...Visit the locations in The Stranger Diaries
  • Ophelia Sings
    '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 murderer is, and there's over half the book to go. The blurb promises that Elly Griffiths' new novel will be a darkly gothic affair, but instead we're served up a reasonab...
  • Cortni
    Time after time, I gladly follow the twists and turns of detective fiction to see where the author can take me. Bring on the reddest of your herrings and most improbable character developments! So, I was disappointed when one single sentence in The Stranger Diaries glared at me as the answer to "whodunnit," with many, many chapters to go. And then to find out that I was right was even more disappointing. The book is beautifully dark and atmospher...
  • Nicole
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a digital ARC of this book.This was fantastic. Just fantastic. A caveat before I begin. I enjoy the Ruth Galloway series by this author very much. I am drawn to academic novels, especially mysteries with great atmosphere, and the Galloway series is a lot of fun. Plus, like Ruth, I am an academic in her 40s and a first time mom. (Dr. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archaeologist, though, while I'm a literature...
  • George1st
    At the end of the book you can finally read the full version of the “The Stranger” a Gothic short story written by the fictitious Victorian author R M Holland which resonates of the writings of such authors as M R James and E F Benson. It really is a gripping and terrifying little read that deserves praise in its own right. But it is how this short story and the life of R M Holland are linked with two murders committed in modern day Sussex th...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- 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. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, C...
  • Jo Cameron-Symes
    I'm a huge fan of Elly Griffith's writing and have enjoyed everything she's written so far, especially the Ruth Galloway series, so was excited to read this book, a standalone Gothic thriller. I loved how the narrative of The Stranger Diaries was interwoven with 'The Stranger' tale, an old ghost story by a figure who reminded me of M R James. This was such a creative touch and showed Griffith's virtuosity as she wrote in such a different style th...
  • Patricia Uttaro
    In The Stranger Diaries, Elly Griffiths moves beyond her series characters and delivers a clever, well-plotted, and gripping murder mystery with a hint of ghost story. This is truly Griffiths at her best, with well-developed and engaging characters, some of whom beg to become part of a new series (I’m looking at you, Harbinder Kaur!)In truth, I’ve found the last couple Ruth Galloway books stale and prosaic, with the focus shifted from Ruth’...
  • Latkins
    I love Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this standalone thriller from her. Set in a small town on the south coast, it follows three different characters as a series of murders occurs. Clare is an English teacher at the local comprehensive, Talgarth High, specialising in the work of Victorian ghost story writer R.M. Holland (a bit like R.M. James), who once lived in the building which is now the school. She plans o...
  • gem
    3.5 starsI loved the concept of this story; that someone was offing victims in a similar manner to those who died in a Victorian story.The alternate narrations gives greater insight into the thoughts of Clare (the English teacher in the school where the Victorian author lived, and she is writing a book about him), her daughter Georgie (Secret writer, secretly learning to be a white witch) and Harbinder (detective sergeant, tenacious and funny in ...