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, Fiction, Crime, Gothic, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Stranger Diaries

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "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...
  • Meredith
    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
    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...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    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...
  • Kylie D
    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...
  • Phrynne
    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...
  • Michelle
    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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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...
  • Debra
    "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...
  • Holly B
    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. 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 ...
  • Liz
    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 ...
  • marilyn
    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, Claire, specializes in teaching in her high school English classes. Claire'...
  • 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...
  • Fran
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Mackey
    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
    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...
  • Sandy
    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...
  • Katie B
    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...
  • Paulette
    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...
  • Brenda
    Clare Cassidy was a high school English teacher with her main focus being on the writer R.M. Holland, who had actually lived in the old house which was now the school. Many would swear to the ghost of his wife, Alice, being seen at the school, while his daughter Mariana was an enigma. Clare was fascinated by the history and was in the process of writing her own book about the writer. Her fifteen-year-old daughter lived with Clare, while her ex-hu...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: Hallo, Clare. You don’t know me. Someone has written in my diary. I didn't recognize the handwriting. It was thin and spiky, written with what we used to call an italic pen. I keep thinking of that bit in I Claudius where Caligula drives his father to madness and death by, amongst other things, writing his name on the wall in tiny letters. One letter less each day until, by the time he got to the G in Germanicus, his father was dead. W...
  • 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.
  • Crime by the Book
    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 novels with academic/bookish backdrops are up your alley. From its rich atmosphere to its bookish plot to its cast of compelling characters, there's just so much t...
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    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 thrown in. When teacher Clare Cassidy’s friend and work colleague, Ella Elphick is found brutally murdered in her home, Clare is badly shaken and their school is plunged i...
  • Ingrid
    Reaading Elly Griffiths is like coming home, her style is comfortable and familiar. The story has a gothic element and is built up well.
  • Monika Sadowski
    It was my first book written by Elly Griffiths but certainly not my last - I so enjoyed her writing. The story is told from three POVs although there is also a short story which give us fourth narrator. It was slow build up that introduce all the characters with details. And then everything changed. I just couldn’t stop reading. Wow for all the twists and mysteries love itThank you to Net Galley and Quercus Books for a free copy in exchange fo...