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The Stranger Diaries Reviews

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

The Stranger Diaries: a gripping Gothic mystery perfect for dark autumn nights

Elly Griffiths

Score pending

2 reviews

Imprint: Quercus Publishing
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 1 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9781786487391

Death lies between the lines. The chilling new stand-alone thriller from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries

  • The TimesBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Marcel Berlins
27 Nov 2018

"scary throughout"

RM Holland, a once famous, near-forgotten writer of gothic novels, lived in a house that is now part of a second-rate school in West Sussex. His study is kept as it was and Clare Cassidy, one of the teachers, is writing a book on him. Her best friend is murdered, her diary suddenly contains entries she didn’t make, there is talk of ghosts and Holland’s most famous creepy novel re-enters the scene. The narration is distributed between Clare, her teenage daughter, Georgia, and DS Harbinder Kaur, a gay Sikh detective investigating the killing. Soon there is another murder. Scary throughout.


4 stars out of 5
Francesca Brown
5 Dec 2018

"a perfect easy read that you'll rip through at a supernatural speed"

Described as "Susan Hill meets Gone Girl and Disclaimer" The Stranger Diaries is a perfect easy read that you'll rip through at supernatural speed. Griffiths tells the story from multiple viewpoints, which not only adds to the tension, leaves you feeling permanently unsure who to trust (except badass detective sergeant Harbinder Kaur - she's great). This idea of perspective is key throughout the book. After all, just because you write something in a diary for your eyes only, doesn't necessarily make it true,