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...


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TitleThe Stranger Diaries
Author
Release DateNov 1st, 2018
PublisherQuercus
GenreMystery, Fiction, Gothic, Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews The Stranger Diaries

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-02-23
    "Nothing in the world is hidden forever."-Wilkie Collins, No NameNetGalley 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 shiny new ARC and a small percentage added stress to get it reviewed before pub date. There, I admit that I have a problem. The trick with this game is that sometimes it...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    2019-03-19
    5 Gothic StarsClare 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. She teaches a course in it every year. She decides to write a biography about him. Then one of Clare's colleague's Ella, who is a very close friend of hers dies and is ...
  • Meredith
    2019-02-11
    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. Holland once lived. Clare, a Holland scholar, loves to teach his eerie short story “The Stranger.” When a fellow English teacher is murdered, Clare is shocked that her fr...
  • Paromjit
    2018-10-12
    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...
  • Kylie D
    2019-03-05
    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, is found dead, a note is left beside her body with a line from The Stranger. Clare, afraid that the killer is someone she knows, turn to her journal, where she's alwa...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    2019-03-30
    3.5 stars (rounded up) for Elly Griffiths' modern gothic mystery, The Stranger DiariesClare 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 once lived in the school where she now works. One evening one of Clare's closest friends and colleagues, Ella, is murdered with a line from R. M. Holland’s story left by...
  • Phrynne
    2019-02-22
    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 passageways, a deserted building with lights that flash from the windows at night and even a self proclaimed witch. What more do you need for the spookiness factor?And the...
  • Diane S ☔
    2019-03-31
    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 atmosphere, but I think characters too. She makes the reader care.In this outing an English teacher Clair, who also teaches a writing class, is involved in a mystery. ...
  • Holly B
    2018-11-11
    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. Police procedural mixed with the creepiness of the setting. 5. A quirky female detective with a sharp eye for inconsistencies. (She was my fave) 6. The setting of a "haunted" school.If ...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    2019-03-18
    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 Diaries has a unique and interesting format to the story that we all loved. The story is told from different overlapping POVs, and timelines, passages from a book, a story withi...
  • Liz
    2019-02-28
    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 description. Perfect! And this book did work for me on so many levels. First the characters…there are three narrators and I enjoyed each of them. It was easy for me ...
  • Michelle
    2019-01-03
    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 friend and fellow English teacher, Ella, has been discovered murdered and covered in stab wounds. A note lay beside her reading "Hell is Empty". A book within a book. Clar...
  • Debra
    2019-02-27
    "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, "The Stranger: is found near her body. Police further shock her when they inform her that they believe the killer is someone she knows.Could she and her fifteen-year-o...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2019-02-24
    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. One day, one of her closest friends is murdered, and right beside her body? A copy of the Gothic writer’s most famous story. On top of that, the police insist that au...
  • marilyn
    2019-03-01
    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 Stranger, written by the fictional Gothic writer R. M. Holland, who one of the main characters, Clare, specializes in teaching in her high school English classes. Clare's ...
  • Linda
    2018-10-30
    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...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    2019-04-17
    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 Stephen King first hit the scene, I faithfully read everything he put out. I was on a horror kick for awhile there. Today my go to genres are biographies and historical fict...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    2019-08-17
    4★“I collect my papers and lock the classroom. Then I’m almost sprinting across the gravel towards my car. It’s five o’clock but it feels like midnight. There are only a few lights left on in the school and the wind is blowing through the trees.”An old ghost story seems to be coming to life for attractive, divorced Clare, who teaches English at Talgarth High in West Sussex, England. She’s taught ‘The Stranger’ in her class and e...
  • Fran
    2019-01-20
    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 innermost thoughts. Additionally, she shares her feelings with rescue dog, Herbert. After all, a dog will not judge his owner! Clare is thrilled that author R.M. Hollan...
  • NZLisaM
    2018-11-14
    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-be haunted house turned into a secondary school had me even more excited. The Old Building of Talgarth High, was once home to Victorian Horror writer R.M. Holland, best remember...
  • Susan
    2018-10-11
    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...
  • Carolyn
    2019-02-04
    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 gothic story writer R.M Holland, whose biography Clare is writing. Holland was mostly known for his famous gothic tale, 'The Stranger', which Clare uses to teach her ad...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    2019-03-27
    4 stars rounded up to 5I 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 about. The second time I put aside an evening to immerse myself in this book and I was hooked after the first few chapters, actually I couldn’t stop reading it. There are...
  • Mackey
    2019-01-12
    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 to absorb, just wait until you read the book. I’m still trying to untangle my mind from the who’s and who’s nots and what’s real and what’s not! For someone wh...
  • Jayme
    2019-02-05
    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 fallen down, or was pushed down, a staircase, and that her ghost will sometimes be seen at the school....just before another death occurs...R.M. Holland may or may not...
  • Katie B
    2019-03-12
    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 than most current books in the genre that rely too heavily on insane plot twists. While this book might not have worked for me on every level, I would definitely be...
  • Book of Secrets
    2019-03-23
    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 those in Holland's famous short story, "The Stranger." Is there a flesh and blood killer on the loose, or is there a connection with the restless spirit rumored to...
  • Sarah Joint
    2019-03-24
    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 also a mother of a teenager and a divorcee. Happiest spending her nights with a good book and cup of tea (or a glass or two of wine) her life has little drama, and she ...
  • Sandy
    2019-02-26
    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 author R.M. Holland whose chilling story “The Stranger” was a one hit wonder. Teaching at Talgarth Academy is a big plus as it was once Holland’s home & his study...
  • Paulette
    2019-03-11
    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 local high school (Talgrath High)The story follows three POVs:Claire a teacher at the high school, she teaches teenagers about the famous writer RM Holland. Her friend and...