My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first book I’ve ready by Elly Griffiths and it won’t be the last. The Stranger Diaries is an exciting book about Clare Cassidy, a high school English teacher, whose life is flipped upside down when one of her closest friends is found dead. To make matters worse, a noted is found by her body with a quote from R. M. Holland’s “The Stranger,” a story taught in Clare’s English class every year. As the story unfolds, the killer appears to get closer and closer to Clare. But, who are they? And what do they want?
I really enjoyed this book and read it really quickly. I was captivated by the writing style of Elly Griffiths and the format of the storytelling. It had a gothic quality that was lovely, similar to a book I read recently called Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb to which I also gave a positive review.
The Stranger Diaries has all the potential and makings of a 5 star read. It had excitement and tension. The multiple perspective-style writing was done extremely well. It had a ghost story quality that would be perfect for a late October read. And the writing was just plain, old good! Unfortunately, in the author’s quest to create a lineup of suspects and throw the reader off the murderer’s trail, there were a bunch of story lines created that didn’t all get closure in the end. I felt like there were a lot of loose ends left untied which is the reason I gave it 4 stars instead.
All in all, it’s a good story with a ton of positive qualities. The only place it fell short for me was creating too many subplots in an attempt to throw the reader off the scent and later leaving the reader wondering how those subplots were related/were relevant/ultimately turned out.
-I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Elly Griffiths, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the opportunity to review.-