The Stranger Diaries

The Stranger Diaries

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"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 favorite 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?"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781328577856
1328577856
9781328576088
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 24 cm

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Clare Cassidy is a secondary school teacher in an English town in West Sussex, specializing in the literary works of Victorian author R. M. Holland. Clare is devastated to learn that a fellow teacher and close friend has been found murdered, with a quote from Holland's most famous story found nex... Read More »


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tomato Oct 07, 2019

Wasn't sure if I'd like this, being such a fan of the Ruth Galloway novels, but it's quite good, and I enjoyed it.

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bette108
Sep 17, 2019

The cover of this book, the font and the initially opening chapters led me to think this book was written 20-30 years ago and was rather simple. However, even though that's not the case, and the structure of the book is not as simple as it initially appears, I still wasn't gripped by the whodunnit.

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samsue
Aug 31, 2019

Always fun to get a surprise ending. Interesting read, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat. Lots of suspicious activity and possible bad folks. Overall, didn't enjoy it enough to check out other books by this writer.

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becker
Jul 15, 2019

This had a gothic tone and some good creepy characters which made for a pretty engaging read.

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skippyone
Jun 09, 2019

I probably would have enjoyed it more had I not been such a fan of Griffiths' Ruth Galloway mysteries. As a stand alone novel it's intriguing to read the events from 3 points of view, unfortunately, I could have done without the DS's constant running commentary on the main character. She comes across as an unpleasant shrill, colouring her investigation with her bias. Galloway fans might recognize her as a sort of female Nelson, but without the benefit of seeing his development over the course of 11 books.

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LauraSteinert
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.

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ready2read
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.

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gloryb
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.

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