Book Review: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths


Title: The Stranger Diaries
Author: Elly Griffiths
Pages: 338 pages
Published: March 5th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: NetGalley

GoodReads Description: "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 is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favourite literature.

To make matters worse, the police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her closest confidant, her diary, the only outlet she has for her darkest suspicions and fears about the case. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn't hers, left on the page of an old diary: "Hallo, Clare. You don’t know me."

Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?"

I loved the gothic creepy setting of this book! I loved the ghost story and the killer's references to it. I thought it was a quick read and very intriguing! I was not too fond of the characters overall. By the way, what are the statutory rape laws in England? Fifteen year old girl dating a 25 year old? I thought that was crazy. But that's beside the point. Overall, I liked the story, the mystery, the setting... Wish I could have liked at least one of the characters, but it didn't ruin the book for me at all - still a great read!

Entertainment Value: 5
Characters: 3
Voice: 5
Plot: 5
Overall: 4 stars!

Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!