The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare...

Details The Stranger Diaries

TitleThe Stranger Diaries
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreMystery, Crime, Gothic, 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    The Norfolk settings first drew me to Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series - Kings Lynn is one of my very favourite English towns. But after several outings I’d begun to find Ruth annoying. The Zig-Zag Girl featured a fascinating period - the 1950s - but stage magic and Brighton don’t appeal to me. Yet I had very high expectations for The Stranger Diaries and I expect that I’d been less disappointed had it not promised so much. Griffiths ...
  • Leah
    “Hell is empty!”Clare Cassidy is writing a biography of the writer RM Holland, who was best known for his terrifying ghost story, The Stranger. So she’s happy to be teaching at Talgarth Academy, a school in Sussex which was once Holland’s home and where his study is still intact, giving Clare access to his papers. Clare uses The Stranger as part of her lessons, both for her school pupils and for the adults who attend her creative writing ...
  • Rachel Hall
    Elly Griffiths first sensational standalone is a magnificent piece of storytelling that manages to combine a contemporary murder mystery between the pages of a chilling Gothic ghost story and proves as entertaining as it is atmospheric. The Stranger Diaries not only works as a homage to the work of R.M. Holland, a fictional Victorian writer known for his Gothic mysteries, but it also brings to life his crowning achievement in the form of his nota...
  • Joanna Park
    I’m a huge fan of any mystery or thriller that evolves around a book so The Stranger Diaries intrigued me from the start. I love the idea of a book holding clues to a mystery that’s happening in the present so this book was a big hit with me!I wasn’t sure about the main character Claire. On one hand she seemed very sassy and I found some of her observations very amusing. However she seemed like an unreliable narrator as she kept lying to th...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    If you enjoyed the way MAGPIE MURDERS combined a cozy country mystery with a modern one, THE STRANGER DIARIES does something similarly smart with gothic novels. It totally gets the gothic tradition to the point that I got actually creeped out a few times while reading it. While not quite a horror novel, it was really enjoyable. (The short story by the fictional Victorian writer in the book is A+, I loved all the bits of it scattered throughout th...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Sherrie
    Equally as good as Elly Griffiths series of books. As always, I had no idea who the murderer was. It has kept me riveted from the start
  • 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.
  • Fictionophile
    I have long been a fan of Elly Griffiths – in particular her fabulous Ruth Galloway mystery series. Therefore I was beyond excited to learn that she had written a new, stand-alone novel.“Stranger Diaries” has three distinct narrators and I was engaged with all three. I enjoyed how the three narrators sometimes spoke of the same event, so that you could learn their differing perspectives – both of the event and of each other. If I had to p...
  • Karen
    Elly Griffiths is well known for her Ruth Galloway and Mephisto and Stephens series’ but if you’re not familiar with those, fear not, for The Stranger Diaries is a standalone.It starts with a story from long ago, recounted by a stranger on a train at Halloween – this immediately sets the tone for a deliciously creepy and atmospheric tale.Back to the present, teacher Clare Cassidy is writing her own book about a former horror writer called R...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wendi Lee
    This was such a fun, absorbing Gothic thriller!Clare Cassidy is an English teacher obsessed with a famous gothic short story, "The Stranger." She's trying to write a book about the author's life, and even teaches at the school where he once lived. But her life quickly begins to parallel the events in "The Stranger" with a shocking murder, and DS Harbinder Kaur is pulled into her world. Harbinder has her own feelings about the case and the school,...
  • Clare
    With thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.I have been a fan of Elly Griffiths for years and have read all her Ruth Galloway and Mephisto and Stephen mysteries. I was excited when I found this would be a new mystery.English teacher Clare Cassidy worked at Talgarth High, her 15 year old daughter Georgia was also a pupil at the school. In her spare time Clare was writing a novel about the Famous writ...
  • 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 found by her body. The investigating police detective ...
  • Kathy
    With elements of the best Gothic classics set in the present-day world of conveniences and police work, The Stranger Diaries is an absolute thrill from start to finish. Elly Griffiths, known for her outstanding Ruth Galloway and Magic Men series, has taken her brilliant writing to the creation of a stand-alone that will take your breath away. Wilkie Collins and Dame Daphne du Maurier, you can rest easy. Elly Griffiths has this now, and atmospheri...
  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    This is a slow burner, a story that takes its time to suck you in but then turns into an absolute page turner. It's an atmospheric read, a bit creepy, perfect for a wintry evening.The story centres on Clare, single mum of teenage Georgia and an English teacher at a high school near Brighton. She is also researching the life of a Victorian Gothic writer called RM Holland whose home is now the school that she works at. When the book opens, her frie...