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Publisher Description

International Bestseller

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel

"This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end."

Death lies between the lines when the events of a dark story start coming true in this haunting modern Gothic mystery, perfect for fans of Magpie Murders and The Lake House.

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she even teaches a course on him. But when one of Clare’s colleagues is found dead, with a line from Holland’s iconic story “The Stranger” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with her favorite literature.

The police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her diary, the only outlet for her suspicions and fears. 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?

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 5
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

redmarg ,

The Stranger Diaries

Honestly, I really enjoyed this book. I never wanted to put it down. I liked reading from the different perspectives. As always, when I read a murder mystery I try to figure out in the early stages of the book who the murderer is. In this book, I had a few ideas but what I liked is that I didn’t know for sure who did it. The ending fell a bit flat for me but it was still a great book all together. Definitely worth the read.

Puzzles r g8 ,

The Stranger Diaries

I loved this mystery and it kept my interest throughout. I
Loved the aspect of the different perspectives for each incident. I really wanted to find out who was guilty but then again, I didn’t want the book to end.

CarolMO-1 ,

The Stranger Diaries

THE STRANGER DIARIES....A great old-fashioned "whodunit"....AND a wonderful gothic story within a story....entitled THE STRANGER.

"If you'll permit me, said the stranger, I'd like to tell you a story. After all, it's a long journey and, by the look of those skies, we're not going to be leaving this carriage for some time. So, why not pass the hours with some story-telling? The perfect thing for a late October evening." In fact, as it turns out....it's All Hallows' eve.

THE STRANGER is a short dark story interwoven throughout the telling of Elly Griffiths' THE STRANGER DIARIES....a sinister little tale of hell club initiation night that begins to show a presence in our story.

Follow English literature teacher Clare Cassidy as she researches the mysterious life of R. M. Holland and his ghost stories in this haunted murder mystery as death enters her life and someone up to no good enters her private diary.

Three dubious POV's produced a bit of redundancy, but we have a wide range of interesting characters and a host of suspects for the witty Detective Sergeant Kaur to investigate.

Particularly enjoyed the many literary quotes, the lovable and brave little dog Herbert....and the ghost sighting.

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."

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