The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths Review


Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mariner Books for my digital ARC of this book. Unfortunately, it did not make the cut for me. I usually love murder mysteries, but the story did not grab my attention and I struggled to keep going as I found it was too slow paced for me. What I did enjoy though, was the old-fashioned, gothic vibe.


The narration is split between multiple POVs, as well as “The Stranger”, which the reader gets to learn about throughout the book. I did enjoy the multiple POVs, although I wasn’t a big fan of the characters.


This one would be recommended if you like slow-burn mysteries that aren’t over the top.


Thank you to NetGalley and Mariner Books for my digital ARC in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are my own and unbiased opinions.


Rating: 3 stars



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?

Happy reading!

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