Tuesday 6 November 2018

Blog Tour: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Today I am thrilled to be taking part in The Stranger Diaries blog tour by Elly Griffiths. This was such a compelling and mysterious read which is perfect to settle down with on these chilly, autumn evenings. Read on for my review and for more details on the chance to meet Elly herself.


The Stranger Diaries quickly became a story that I enjoyed way more than I originally thought I would. I don't mean that in a way to suggest that I didn't think I would enjoy it, it was just even better than I first anticipated. It was a lot more involved and mysterious than I was led to believe and I wasn't expecting the multiple character viewpoints which just heightened that sense of intrigue and mystery.

Clare Cassidy is an English teacher at Talgarth High which is in the grounds of where writer R.M Holland, author of The Stranger Diaries used to live and is claimed to be haunted by his wife Alice or died after falling down the stairs. The mystery still remains surrounding her death on whether she fell or was pushed. Clare has a keen interest in Holland and is currently writing his biography and there are still lots of secrets she is trying to uncover. Clare's life suddenly takes a sinister turn when her life and work collide when her best friend and work colleague Ella is murdered. Who could have done such a thing and so close to home. Becoming increasingly suspicious of those around her and confiding her thoughts and fears in her diary, she suddenly notices some writing she doesn't recognise, writing that isn't hers....

The deeper you get into the story the more sinister and mysterious it becomes and sorry for the cliche but I couldn't tear my eyes away from it; it was always oh just one more chapter and another and another, until the early hours of the morning were looming and I really ought to get some sleep.
I wasn't expecting a modern gothic story to work so well, but it really really did. This had all the elements of a Victorian gothic with the eery setting, the slow nerve racking turn of events and the constant sinister and foreboding atmosphere. I didn't even have the slightest clue who the culprit was and was hugely surprised at the end.
Greatly compelling, mysterious and bewitching. I hope Elly writes more of these.

Event: Crime Files Rooftop Book Club

If you want a chance to win Elly and hear from her first hand about her latest book The Stranger Diaries you can book tickets to see her the Crime Files Rooftop Bookclub on 12th November 

This post was part of The Stranger Diaries blog tour and you can catch up with the other posts by visiting the blogs below

The Stranger Diaries is out now 

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