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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths





This was gothic but set in modern times with very modern characters. The characters portrayed were teachers, their present day normal teenagers, single mothers trying to do their best (in their opinion!!) for their children, and like countless families actually knowing very little of what their children are upto.

Clare is writing a book on R M Holland and the mystery behind him. She also teaches at Talgarth High which is where Holland lived and his wife had a tragic end. The mystery surrounding his daughter Mariana survives to the day. When one of her dearest friends are found murdered on similar lines to the Holland stories with tag lines from his writings, Clare knows she is in some danger. When Rick another fellow teacher is found stabbed to death in Holland's study Clare has to figure out who and most importantly why people surrounding her are being targeted. The danger spirals when Herbert her pet goes missing and then her ex husband is stabbed in London in a seemingly random attack.

Are these attacks as random as they seem, what is the significance of the notes that appear in Clare's diary which is secured in her house, her daughters random reaches into the spirits - all happening at the same time, all either connected to the Holland book or is it something else entirely. The detectives in charge have to put random clues by a clever murderer together before he strikes again. Both the final almost victim and the murderer were surprises to me.

A book I couldn't put down combining murder, the spirit world, a bit of Gothic and 21st century schooling with touches of romance put together well.

Sent to me by Netgalley, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

6 comments:

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Interesting use of various elements in this quasi-Gothic crime fiction. To me, "Gothic" signifies something dark (though not necessarily so) and this book lives up to that view, I think.

bermudaonion said...

I know several people who love Griffith's work so I really want to try one of her books.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like an entertaining read!

Literary Feline said...

I haven't read any of this author's books, but I do want to give them a try. This sounds really good!

carol said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Cathy said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it; I know I certainly did!