The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths @ellygriffiths @QuercusBooks #mustread #recommended #TheStrangerDiaries

Author : Elly Griffiths
Title : The Stranger Diaries
Pages : 384
Publisher : Quercus
Publication date : November 1, 2018


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 when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an RM Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case.

Not 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…


It’s official! Elly Griffiths can do no wrong in my eyes and has found herself a spot on my list of go-to authors. You may be familiar with Elly Griffith’s fantastic Ruth Galloway series (which I really need to get caught up on) or her equally brilliant Stephen & Mephisto series (which I also really need to get caught up on) but The Stranger Diaries is a stand-alone gothic mystery thriller type of thing and it’s bloody awesome!

I was in one of the worst reading slumps I can remember ever being in when I picked up The Stranger Diaries. However, from the minute I started reading, I didn’t look back. There is just something about Elly Griffith’s writing that completely draws me in and I was hooked from the first page, as if a spell had been cast upon me.

It all begins when Clare Cassidy’s colleague and friend, Ellie, is found murdered. Clare is a literary teacher who specialises in the works of gothic writer R.M. Holland. His story The Stranger features heavily throughout the book and often made my spine tingle. And because a line from that story is found on a note near Ellie’s body, Clare swiftly finds herself on the list of suspects.

The story is alternately told through Clare, her daughter Georgia and a detective by the name of Harbinder Kaur. Elly Griffiths manages to give all these characters incredibly distinctive voices, which I felt was particularly evident when switching from the slightly creepy The Stranger narrator to Georgia, the teenager. Harbinder is one of those characters I didn’t particularly like for the longest time. But somehow she grew on me along the way and I always love how an author manages to do that.

This gothic mystery is intensely gripping. I wouldn’t necessarily call it creepy in the OMG-I’m-so-freaked-out-I-may-wet-myself kind of way but it is rather chilling and there is a sort of threatening vibe throughout, where you feel in your bones something is coming but you’re not sure what that will be.

Obviously I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice to say The Stranger Diaries is brilliantly written and oozes atmosphere throughout. This story is utterly engrossing and absorbing and I devoured it in one glorious sitting. I absolutely loved this one and whatever is next from Elly Griffiths, myself and my grabby hands will be right there at the head of the queue.

The Stranger Diaries is available to buy in ebook and hardcover format!

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  22 comments for “The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths @ellygriffiths @QuercusBooks #mustread #recommended #TheStrangerDiaries

  1. February 11, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Ah, such a creeppy story! Love it ❤ Great review!
    I was thinking about getting this on audio, but with the alternating perspectives it might be too confusing, so i'm just gonna read it.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. February 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    This is still languishing on my kindle. Must start reading faster… Great review!

    Liked by 2 people

    • February 12, 2019 at 10:43 am

      I know the feeling. I may just toss the entire Ruth Galloway series on my list of 20 Books of Summer this year 😂

      Liked by 1 person

      • February 12, 2019 at 11:11 am

        That’s actually one series I’m up to date with! Well, I will be when I’ve read The Stone Circle, although I’m not paying £12.99 for a kindle copy so it’s either audio or wait for months for the paperback…


  3. February 11, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    I am super excited to read this one, Eva! I can tell I’m going to love it. Wonderful review!

    Liked by 2 people

    • February 12, 2019 at 10:44 am

      I think you will too! We seem to enjoy a lot of the same books. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. February 11, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Always enjoy the Elly Griffiths books enormously!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. February 11, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I’m bumping it up to first place on my readlist 🙂 I can’t wait to find out more! Great review Eva!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. February 11, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Great review. I have this on my TBR pile and you’ve made me want to read it sooner rather than later.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 12, 2019 at 10:44 am

      I hope you’re able to get around to it soon, Nicola!


  7. February 11, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    I haven’t heard of this author before, but it sure sounds interesting and the cover is nice too 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 12, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Isn’t it pretty? She’s a fantastic author. I hope you find the time to introduce yourself to her work 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. February 11, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Great review, yet another author to add to my list ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 12, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Just doing my bit and making sure you never run out of books 😉


  9. February 11, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I’ve liked some of Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway books but I didn’t realize that she had another series, too. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 12, 2019 at 10:46 am

      I’ve only read one of the Stephens & Mephisto series myself but I really enjoyed it. It’s very different from Ruth Galloway too.


  10. February 12, 2019 at 8:59 am

    I really enjoyed this too. Have only read a couple of the Ruth Galloway books – must catch up!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. February 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Lol you are succeeding xx

    Liked by 1 person

  12. February 15, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I really want this now! Terrific review 🙂


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