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Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel
"This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end." —People
“Utterly bewitching…As unforgettable as it is original.” —A.J. Finn
“Goose-bump spooky, smart, and haunting…I loved this book!” —Louise Penny
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 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 favorite 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?
A Note From the Publisher
LibraryReads deadline: February 1, 2019
“My heart is still pounding
after finishing Elly Griffiths’ The Stranger Diaries. As with her other
books, this is fiercely intelligent, warm, human and at times, funny. But
unlike her others, this is a stand-alone. Her first and I hope not her last. The
Stranger Diaries picks up where the great Gothic thrillers of the past
leave off. At once a homage to that great literary form, and a
re-imagining. It is goose-bump spooky, smart, and haunting, in every
sense. I loved this book! And you will too.”
—Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series
“Elly Griffiths’s haunting tribute to gothic literature is a riveting, humane whodunnit that explores the impact of even our smallest deeds. Urgently paced and sprinkled with literary gems, The Stranger Diaries will have you turning pages until well past the witching hour!”
—Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore