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7 Reasons to Read "The Stranger Diaries" by Elly Griffiths

When English teacher Clare Cassidy is using R.M. Holland's short story "The Stranger" in her creative writing course for adults, she has little idea it will change her life.

She's researched the gothic writer's life for years and almost finished his biography. It's just a shame that she can't figure out all the details of his family tree.

But when Clare's friend and colleague is murdered and the scene of the crime looks eerily similar to scenes from "The Stranger", things get very odd.

As more mysterious events occur, one of the detectives investigating the case, DS Kauer, starts to worry that Clare might be the killer's next target. Harbinder Kauer sets out to uncover the truth behind this dark and twisted mystery.

With its riveting plot and complex characters,"The Stranger Diaries" is a must-read for fans of mystery novels. Whether you're looking for a good mystery or would just enjoy discovering an exploration of human nature, this novel has something for you. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy today!

1. A book-within-a-book

From the very first page, you are whisked into R.M. Holland's gothic short story "The Stranger." The scenery is dreary, the characters are mysterious, and the plot is full of twists and turns. You never know what's going to happen next, and that's what makes this story so captivating.

This book-within-a-book is not only a clever way to engage the reader, but it also serves as an important plot device. As the events of the story unfold, you can't help but wonder if there is a connection between Holland's tale and the real-life murder of one of the book's characters.

2. A love letter to books

If you're a bookworm, then you'll appreciate all of the references to classic literature throughout "The Stranger Diaries." From Jane Austen to Bram Stoker, there are Easter eggs for every type of reader.

This novel is also a love letter to the written word. The characters are all writers or readers, and they talk about their love of the written word throughout the book.

3. A tribute to the gothic genre

If you're a fan of gothic novels, then you'll also love "The Stranger Diaries." It's full of suspense, terror, and mystery, and it pays homage to classic gothic works such as "Frankenstein" and "Dracula."

Whether you're a fan of gothic fiction or just enjoy being whisked away to another world, this book will satisfy your literary cravings. This novel has something for everyone. It's the perfect blend of genres, and it will keep you guessing until the very end.

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4. Well-developed characters

The modelesque and snobbish Clare, the gay, Sikh DS Harbinder Kaur, who's still living with her parents, and Clare's daughter, Georgie, are all well-rounded characters with their strengths and flaws.

Even if you may be a little annoyed with the changing voices and the multiple points of view, you realize at a certain point that their varying perspectives allow the exploration of the mystery from different angles, adding extra depth to the story.

5. An intriguing mystery

  • Is Clare in danger?
  • Who is the real killer?
  • And what secrets does R.M. Holland's life hold?

These questions will have you turning pages well into the night as you try to figure out the truth.

From the chilling opening scene to the final page, "The Stranger Diaries" will keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to discover who did it and why. Just when you think you've figured everything out, another twist comes along to throw you for a loop. Everyone is a suspect in this novel, and you'll be second-guessing yourself until the very end.

If you love a good murder mystery, then this book is definitely for you. Whether you're looking for a nice thriller or just enjoy getting lost in a good mystery, the novel has everything you need.

6. A glimpse into the dark side of human nature

What drives a person to kill? Is it possible to truly know someone? "The Stranger Diaries" doesn't just focus on the whodunit aspect of the mystery, but it also makes you question the motivations behind the crimes. It's a dark and disturbing exploration of what it means to be human, and it will leave you thinking long after you've finished it.

The novel isn’t a horror novel per se; however, it is certainly full of terrifying elements that will give you chills as you read on. The dreary setting, shadowy characters, and horrifying murders all combine to create an atmosphere of unease that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

7. Clever writing style

Griffiths has a clever writing style that keeps the pages turning. Her complex use of language is masterful, and she has a knack for developing intriguing characters with just a few well-chosen words.

All in all, "The Stranger Diaries" is a must-read for fans of mystery, horror, and suspense. With its clever use of a book-within-a-book, eerie atmosphere, gripping plot, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes, this novel will have you hooked.


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