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The Stranger Diaries
The Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time? A gripping contemporary Gothic thriller from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries: Wilkie Collins and MR James meet Gone Girl and Disclaimer. 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...
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Lynnsoprano
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Very different from the author‘s Dr. Ruth series, but quite enjoyable. An excellent murder mystery told from three perspectives and interspersed with sections from a scary short story. Very creative. As usual, Griffiths writes great characters. 4⭐️ The photo is the journal I keep at the piano for notes/reminders during music lessons. Not really all that strange 😊

Clare-Dragonfly What a lovely and appropriate journal cover! 2w
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Lynnsoprano
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STILL waiting for Dorian to move past us. Going stir crazy being cooped up in the house. Decided to use @Alisnazzy ‘s Jane Austen mug for elevenses while reading this book. Enjoyable so far, a bit different than I expected.

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Lynnsoprano
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I‘ve been too keyed up, watching the hurricane and prepping the house, to concentrate on reading. But now that everything is done and the only thing to do is wait, my book and a cuppa are just the thing.

Melissa_J Stay safe! 2w
mrp27 Hope all goes well, stay safe! 2w
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Lynnsoprano
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1. Done
2. Hunkering down and waiting for the hurricane 🙁
3. Mint chocolate chip
4. My primary instrument is voice 😊, but I play piano, played cello in high school and viola da gamba in grad school. I want to get a guitar and take some lessons, but I finally have decent nails for the first time in my life, and I‘d have to cut them, so still debating.
5. Off I go!
#friyayintro

Lcsmcat I love the sound of a gamba! We could form a Litsy Consort if we could find another recorder player, or a harpsichordist. 😀 3w
Cortg Oooh! Good luck this weekend with Dorian 😬 I‘ll be thinking of you ❤️ 3w
MallenNC I hope the hurricane passes without trouble! 3w
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melissajayne Stay safe. 3w
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Stay safe and enjoy the excuse to stay in reading! 3w
Lynnsoprano @SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I need to calm down enough to be able to focus on a book. Thanks for the positive thoughts. 3w
Lynnsoprano @Cortg @MallenNC @melissajayne Thanks! The last advisory is a bit more favorable, so keeping fingers crossed 🤞 Taking all the prayers and positive thoughts you can send this way. 3w
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano I hope things stay quiet! I havent read this one yet, will definitely be reading ot 3w
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Lynnsoprano
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I‘ve read all the Dr. Ruth Galloway novels the author has written and loved them. I don‘t know anything about this, but I‘ve had it on my Kindle for a while, so I think I‘ll give it a go.

TheLibrarian Enjoy! I really liked this book. 3w
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Brewychock48
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I loved this book. I highly recommend it. This was a my favorite Elly Griffiths book. Very thrilling,creepy, and the ending blew me away.
Just when I thought I knew who did it, I was totally wrong. Wow!!

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LauraBeth
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Library Day

rretzler 😻 1mo
Bookzombie I love library day! 💕🐱 1mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been wanting to read The Stranger Diaries. 👍🏻 1mo
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LauraBeth @LeahBergen this The Stranger Diaries managed to miss my book radar so I asked @MicheleinPhilly about it yesterday and she gave it a 👍 1mo
LauraBeth @Bookzombie it‘s the best 💃 1mo
rretzler @LauraBeth @LeahBergen I was so focused on the 😻, I missed the 📖. The Stranger Diaries was good, but I didn‘t think it was quite as good as Griffith‘s Ruth Galloway series! 1mo
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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

I guessed whodunnit very early on but figured I had to be wrong because it seemed too obvious. Entertaining enough, but not my cup of tea. But then again I don't tend to gravitate towards gothic mysteries in general, so I may be the wrong audience. I could see this being a cozy fall read if you enjoy this type of book though! 🎃

Crazeedi I really enjoy her Ruth Galloway series, sad to hear this isn't up to snuff 1mo
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Ajessgirl
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I loved this! It's a standalone mystery, and has a great Gothic feel. I loved the shifting viewpoints and integration of books and writing within the story. I also loved the heavy spotlight on Herbert, the family dog. ;)

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Jstodberg
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I kept thinking I knew who the murderer was but was surprised in the end. Definitely a good read.

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jenniferw88
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#bfc update @wanderinglynn

Tagged book is the best I've read so far.

Walks may decrease over the next few weeks as I either have a stomach bug or my Crohn's Disease has flared up AGAIN 😡

OrangeMooseReads Way to go! Hope you feel better soon. 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 4. I hope you feel better soon. 💚 3mo
DivineDiana Feel better! 👏🏻💪🏻👍🏻 3mo
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Annl Feel better. I am in my 5th Ruth Galloway, but may take a break and read the one you tagged? 3mo
jenniferw88 @Annl I read the first Ruth Galloway and wasn't a fan. This is separate - very spooky and great to listen to. If you like the gothic genre I can thoroughly recommend it. 3mo
tammysue Wonderful! 👏🏻👏🏻 I hope you get to feeling soon! 💕 3mo
BookwormAHN I hope you feel better 💐 3mo
Bookwormjillk Oh no! Hope you feel better! 3mo
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SW-T
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Mehso-so

The gothic elements and atmosphere were good, but the ending felt pretty rushed. Overall, not bad but didn‘t quite live up to the promise.

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jenniferw88
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Forgot to take a pic of the post office, but this was the route I took home after sending my #mysterymessageswap @TheReadingMermaid

#bfc week 3 stats so far: 1/2 walks; another book completed (at 2/12 now) and some more fruit consumed @wanderinglynn

The book is great on Audible, especially the narration of The Stranger story (it would have been equally good if Mark Gatiss narrated this bit!) and the Indian police woman. Definitely spooky! 5 🌟

audraelizabeth Good job! Your smoothie looks yummy. 4mo
Bookwormjillk Nice! 4mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 2! 4mo
TheReadingMermaid Very nicely done 👌 4mo
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ferskner
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Cinfhen Yay!!! 4mo
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jenniferw88
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2nd walk done for #bfc completed. Also first book read (NOT tagged). @wanderinglynn

TheSpineView Good work! 4mo
RachelO Yay! Good on you! 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 4mo
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Pamwurtzler
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This was a creepy one! I‘ve read a couple of her series books, but this is a stand-alone and was really enjoyable.

Karkar @pamwurtzler - would I like this one?
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Pamwurtzler @Karkar I think so. Multiple points of view, creepy setting, possible ghosts. 4mo
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jenniferw88
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First walk for the #bfc completed, thanks to my manager at Oxfam asking if I could cover this morning! @wanderinglynn

Have tagged the book I listened to on the way back (it's a bit scary to listen to at 8:40 in the morning on your own when walking through the park!)

Jess Wow. That trail looks beautiful. 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4mo
jillannjohn Great job. I‘m curious about this book. 4mo
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BookwormAHN Nice trail 😺 4mo
Kaye 💖 4mo
Wife 🌹 4mo
TheSpineView Nice! 4mo
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TheLibrarian
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My #AprilWrapUp - overall not a terrible month with 9 total books read.

My favorite book from April is tagged. What was your favorite book read in April?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 📖💖 4mo
marleed I‘m unable to narrow it down to one but I must say Evelyn Hugo just doesn‘t get out of my head! 4mo
marleed Oh wait, I bet you are wondering my favorite from your April stack. I need to get to reading because I have read any of your interesting reads yet. But I did stack your tagged book! 4mo
TheLibrarian @marleed I was wondering from your April stack but I‘ll take both!! I ADORE Evelyn Hugo! 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I‘m still enjoying Griffiths‘ Ruth Galloway series but have been chomping at the bit to read this one. It is deliciously creepy and bookish and set in and around a school. Pushed all of my buttons. My only regret is that I didn‘t save it for Halloween because it is PERFECT for that time of year. 4🌟

batsy I really enjoyed this one, as well! Spooky and Gothic-y 😁 4mo
JamieArc I had that same regret! I was also finishing The Woman in White as I read this, so all the Wilkie Collins references were fun. 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I just got this as a kindle daily deal Saturday. 4mo
teainthelibrary Added this to my TBR.. I‘m loving the cover! 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, this sounds good 👍🏻 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I can read books about serial killers with dozens of victims but as soon as an author kills an animal, I‘m inconsolable.

Crazeedi I just read book 2 of the ruth Galloway series! I haven't read this one yet. 4mo
DivineDiana Yes, animals are not expendable. 😢 4mo
JenReadsAlot Agreed. 4mo
TrishB Same! 4mo
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HardcoverHearts
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This new book is on sale today in digital form. Not sure if it‘s across platforms or only for Kindle so check your preferred retailer if you are boycotting Amazon. I find that Apple Books tends to match the deal prices almost all the time.

This was a fun read! I like her Ruth Galloway series but this stand alone was 👌🏻.

LiteraryinLititz I‘m only 4 books into the Ruth Galloway series, but if this is a standalone it‘s going on my TBR! Thanks for the heads up! 5mo
HardcoverHearts @LiteraryinLititz My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it. 5mo
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Matilda
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🔪 📚 ebook deal on a JUST released mystery!

Review: https://bookriot.com/2019/04/01/favorite-mysteries-and-thrillers-2/

HardcoverHearts Haha- I just posted the same. 👯‍♀️ 5mo
Matilda @HardcoverHearts 👯‍♀️🔪📚 5mo
Pamwurtzler Thanks! I‘m on hold at the library but now I can just buy it!! 5mo
Matilda @Pamwurtzler and you don‘t have to play beat-the-Library clock! 5mo
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TheLibrarian
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This was a great atmospheric, gothic tale and it‘s only $2.99!!

#kindledeal

ladym30 This looks really good. Thanks❤️ 5mo
JamieArc I recently read this and wished I had saved it for fall - really liked it. 5mo
EmilyM Bought it! 5mo
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tammysue
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So creepy! I enjoy psychological suspense, a good gothic thriller + multi-layered stories. This was all that and more. Elly Griffiths totally killed it with her latest stand alone murder mystery!

Kaye I agree, I really liked this one. 5mo
tammysue @Kaye 👍🏻🤗💕 5mo
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RedLeaves
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Mehso-so

Not bad....Didn't love 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Howseldomtheydo
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Finally starting to look like spring! #litsywalkers 2.5m enjoying the tagged book

AmyG How lovely! 5mo
tammysue Pretty! 💛 5mo
Wife 🌹 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm 😍🌼 5mo
Megabooks Lovely! 5mo
Suet624 The rest of the neighbors need to get with the program! 5mo
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BekahPat
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When visiting one of my favorite indie bookstores #murderbythebook the bookseller pressed this into my hands and assured me I would love it. Spot on. It hit all the gothic mystery elements that I love. An old school, a book intertwined with a book, a diary. I hope to read more of Elly Griffiths very soon.

JackOBotts Sounds like a great read! 5mo
LiteraryinLititz Her Ruth Galloway series is good! 5mo
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TheLibrarian
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A wonderful atmospheric, gothic tale about literature and murder! What more could you want?

Full of small twists and turns, this book will leave you surprised at the end.

#NetGalley

JamieArc I read this at the same time as I was finishing The Woman in White, which made for a really fun reading experience. 5mo
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Booksnchill
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Thanks to @ferskner for passing on the ARC of this book! I also listened on audio (Nashville Public Library). I was hooked early! A stand alone from the author the the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men series this is set at a school where a famous author penned a gothic story and his study is still on the top floor (haunted natch). Murders ensue. Several points of view, all well done, I did not guess the resolution and the gothic touches are👍4🌟

ferskner I just finished it too! Soooooooooo fun and exactly what I needed to get me out of my reading rut 6mo
Booksnchill @HeatherBookNerd this is an excellent audio with multiple narrators. 6mo
Booksnchill @ferskner i tore through it- audio was really special and I did both so it went extra fast! 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @Booksnchill you know I love a good audiobook!!! 6mo
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Ckbadara
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! This book was quick paced and I found myself very engaged in the mystery. I also love it when authors use the book within a book format and I felt that worked well here. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives, although I didn‘t connect with my the daughter character as much as the others. Overall, this was a definite pick for me!

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JamieArc
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Books, mystery, creepy gothic atmosphere... I really liked this one. It would make for a perfect fall read. It also references The Woman in White and Wilkie Collins a lot, which I happened to be finishing, so that was fun. A little underwhelmed by the ending, but a fun read that I would recommend nonetheless.

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Theaelizabet
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This had some nice Gothic touches, but the ending fell flat. And why three narrators? There seemed to be no reason for it in terms of the narrative. I‘ll stick with Griffiths‘s Ruth Galloway series. The first couple that I read were acceptable little mysteries.

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ferskner
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I'd like to thank these two books for getting me out of one of the worst reading ruts I've ever had. Here's to reading what you crave!

RedLeaves How strange, I've just finished Daisy Jones and just started The Stranger Diaries! 5mo
ferskner @RedLeaves that's so weird! 5mo
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Kaye
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Oh my gosh ! What a good book ! I‘d highly recommend the audio. It‘s terrific. It has a bit of everything. An old fashioned “ghost story” is scattered throughout. A school set in the old mansion where the author had lived. An English teacher who is writing the life story of this author‘s life. Then the murders begin. A policewoman who was quite a character. Really terrific. Just read it. It is SO. GOOD. A good surprise ending. 5 Gold 🌟

batsy I enjoyed this too 🙂 6mo
Kaye @batsy Have you read any of her other books ? It looks like she may have written 2 other series but I don‘t think this is part of either of them. 6mo
batsy Yes, I've read the first in her Ruth Galloway series and really liked it! I haven't continued only because I get so easily distracted by other books 🙈 6mo
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Kaye Thanks. I‘m going to hunt up that one. I hope it‘s just as good. 😁 @batsy (edited) 6mo
Cathythoughts Sounds great @kaye just took a screenshot & will put this on my audible list 👍🏻 6mo
Kaye @Cathythoughts The Audible is excellent. Hope you enjoy it. 6mo
Avanders Oooh sounds good ... @BethM maybe another idea? 6mo
BethM Ooo yeah id totally read that! 6mo
hermyknee Oh great recommendation - I‘ve been looking for a good audiobook!!! 6mo
Kaye @hermyknee I REALLY liked this one.The audio was fantastic and it reminds me a bit of the old gothic stories. The narrator the reads the actual “ spooky story” is terrific. Perfect voice. He reads pieces of it throughout, then at the end, he reads the whole story . Very unique. Hope you like it. If you‘ve never received a OneBook from anyone in Audible before, I‘d be more than happy to share it with you. No strings attached. Holler if interested 6mo
hermyknee @kaye thanks for the offer, but I‘ve used my OneBook Audible already 😫 I returned an audiobook that I wasn‘t really in to this month though, so I‘ve got a spare credit! 6mo
Kaye Sounds great. You could take a listen to this and see how you like it. I‘ve seen a few other reviews of it in here and they‘re all good. It‘s got 120 ratings so far, 4.5 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫. @hermyknee (edited) 6mo
tammysue Happy seeing all gold stars on this one, can‘t wait to read it now! 👏🏻😊 5mo
Kaye @whatshesreadingnow I think I liked it so much because it was really different. Once in awhile it‘s nice to toss something in that isn‘t your normal type of book. Sometimes you hit a dud but sometimes you hit a Jackpot 🎰 5mo
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Kaye
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Not my normal type of book, but this is very good. The audio is terrific, told by multiple people. 6 hours to go !

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Gingermint2000
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There are three points of view of a murder of a teacher at the high school. Clare another teacher at the school. DS Kaur that is looking into the case and suspecting a teacher at the school. And the Clare's daughter Georgia that suspects teachers and students.

rretzler I enjoyed this one too. I‘m a big fan of Elly Griffiths 5mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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This stand alone is my first Elly Griffiths. A fun, quick read. This novel combines some of my favorite mystery tropes: action at a school (this one is a day school, not a boarding school, but still), and a modern story interwoven with another, older tale. Wonderfully gothic and I loved the detective as well. #netgalley

Pamwurtzler Looks good! I just put it on hold. 6mo
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Samantha.1020
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That feeling when one of your most anticipated reads for the year comes in at the library....I may just put everything else on hold and read this one now!

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AmyStewart
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You know those books you love so much that throughout the day you think, "I can't wait to crawl back in bed and read that book some more"--well, this is one of those books. It's a creepy British murder mystery with Victorian gothic literature as its reference point, a spooky attic and even spookier abandoned factory--really, it's just exactly the book you want to be reading in front of the fire on a dark and stormy night. Go do that right now!

jillrhudy Really enjoyed it! 6mo
tpixie Stacked!! 6mo
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LaceyDoesLit
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kyraleseberg
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This was a fun gothic mystery within a mystery!
Clare's life begins to mirror her favorite short story as people she's close to begin to die and a stranger leaves a message for her in her diary.
Loved the alternating narration by Clare and the detective on the case, Harbinder. The 3rd narrator, Clare's daughter Georgia, felt unnecessary to me and didn't really add to the overall story so it made parts uneven for me.

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GenreMinxReviews
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The story is told from three different female view points & surprisingly the one character who rubbed me wrong at the start turned out to become one of my favorite characters. I wish I could say that I enjoyed all the voices but there was one that I just didn‘t really care for. If you are looking for more from your mystery, there was also a nice dose of police procedural as well as psychological thriller. Full review at www.thegenreminx.com

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kyraleseberg
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Finishing this ARC today!

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rretzler
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Standalone novel by Elly Griffiths. More of a thriller with elements of detective fiction. Perhaps not as gripping as some but very well written - it kept me interested all day. 4.5/5.0 #2019

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quietjenn
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Hoping to get in a bit more of this before sleep. I'm not far in, but really enjoying it so far.

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Ms.Story
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This book has a lot going on & some of it didn't seem to enhance the story; the multiple narratives sometimes took away from it. I liked the story itself: a woman keeps a diary which someone is reading. The ending felt quite rushed but I was okay with that since I'd figured out the murderer anyway. It was nice to read something else by EG as the Ruth Galloway series is one of my favourites!

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charl08
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This made me laugh. Novel has gothic themes but also several nods and winks.

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EadieB
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I have read Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series and Stephens and Mephisto Mystery series. This standalone Gothic mystery is one that will not disappoint. The first-person narration switches between three characters, Clare, DS Kaur, and Georgia, Clare's daughter. The plot is one that kept the pages turning until the very end. Hopefully, Griffiths will turn this standalone into another series. Thanks NetGalley

#thestrangerdiaries #ellygriffiths

Andrew65 Sounds good. 9mo
batsy I liked this one, too 👍🏽 9mo
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catherine2
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Reading an ARC of this one and it‘s sooo good. I think it was already published in the U.K. Houghton Mifflin is publishing the U.S. version in March.