The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

2020 Limelight reviews
Mystery and Crime

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths is another great page turner. This time she has turned her hand to a gothic thriller, in a contemporary setting. She cleverly includes gothic tropes such as: an eerie abandoned building where mysterious lights are seen at night, inexplicable notes appearing in a character’s diary, acknowledgement that ghosts do really exist (and you don’t have to be a flake to believe in them!), and murders emulating those that occur in…..a gothic short story, taught by one of the characters.

Who can resist a story within a story? Not me!

This is a very clever novel, told from multiple perspectives with well developed characters. Griffiths’ women are well drawn and nuanced. They are extremely capable, but riddled with self-doubt and -criticism – like most women I know!

This is a stand alone novel, however I think there is scope for Griffiths to write more books featuring DS Harbinder Kaur.

Find The Stranger Diaries in the SMSA Library Catalogue

Review by Gaby Meares
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