The Stranger Diaries

The Stranger Diaries

Book - 2018
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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 convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case. ot knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn't hers...
Publisher: London :, Quercus,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781786487407
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 24 cm.


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May 11, 2019

While I understand the point of having three points of view in a narrative, I find it extremely annoying when I'm told the same "facts of the case" three times. Then the police go over the facts in dialogue and then the teacher goes over the facts with the police, and then with her friends. I have a list of 500 books to read, I'm NOT so new to the genre that I can't recognize a clue (DON'T tell me 6 times please), and I don't forget from one chapter to the next what happened. It was a very frustrating read--especially the ghost story she has written in to convince readers the long dead writer mentioned was real.

Apr 17, 2019

I am a big fan of author Elly Griffiths - especially her Ruth Galloway series - but also the more recent 'Magic Men" books. I was thrilled to hear that she had released her first stand alone; it did not disappoint. It's like getting a little lesson on Gothic novels, in a novel with a modern setting.

ArapahoeKati Apr 15, 2019

This has all the modern gothic elements: an English school setting, a (ghost) story within a story, diary entries and multiple unreliable viewpoints surrounding a murder. You'll be torn between reading slowly or racing to the conclusion.

Mar 20, 2019

This story is unlike Griffiths' Ruth Galloway stories. The author tells this story using 3 narrators. - a mother and daughter, both involved in the 2 murders, and a police woman who is investigating those murders in a small town in England. Thus the reader is told about the same incident from 3 POVs, each giving some new info about the characters (their lives, relationships, and motives), the murders (teacher colleagues of the mom), and the surrounding situation (the connection to a spooky past history of the school). Just when I was finding the repetition of similar facts getting rather tedious with no suspects in sight as all of the characters seemed "good", the author quickly advanced the story to its shocking conclusion. The tension is kept throughout the book by the repetition of a phrase about evil doers being amidst this group of people (mainly teachers and students), mysterious entries by another hand in the main character's diary, the suggestion of nearby ghosts and restless spirits, and the insertion of a portion of a spooky gothic story (always written in italics) which contained murders after the same phrase was spoken. A good read around Halloween time.

debwalker Mar 12, 2019

Spooky! After a colleague is found dead, English teacher Claire Cassidy discovers messages from the murderer in her own private journal.

Mar 04, 2019

You may not want to read this chilling standalone mystery after dark. Clare Cassidy is an English teacher and working on a biography of R.H. Holland, the author of the atmospheric and enigmatic tale "The Stranger." Her friend and fellow faculty member Ella is murdered and Clare's life begins to take on a very sinister turn. She finds a message in her personal diary and then there is another murder. Is there a serial killer on the loose? Why do these crimes all connect back to Clare and mimic "The Stranger?" I could not put this down and read it at breakneck speed to get to the end -- totally shocked by the reveal of the facts behind all the evil acts in the narrative. Then at the end you get to read the entire text of "The Stranger" and its chilling conclusion. Goosebumps!

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