The Stranger Diaries

THE TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR.
THE RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK.
‘Utterly bewitching … a pitch-perfect modern Gothic’ AJ FINN, author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

The Stranger Diaries

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THE TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR.
THE RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK.
‘Utterly bewitching … a pitch-perfect modern Gothic’ AJ FINN, author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time?

This is what the police know: English teacher Clare Cassidy’s friend Ella has just been murdered. Clare and Ella had recently fallen out. Found beside the body was a line from The Stranger, a story by the Gothic writer Clare teaches, and the murder scene is identical to one of the deaths in the story.

This is what Clare knows: No one else was aware of her fight with Ella. Few others have even read The Stranger. Someone has wormed their way into her life and her work. They know her darkest secrets. And they don’t mean well.

This is what the killer knows: Who will be next to die.

‘Compelling, intelligent and increasingly mesmerising’ PETER JAMES

‘Picks up where the great Gothic thrillers of the past leave off … goose-bump spooky, smart, and haunting. I loved this book! And you will too’ LOUISE PENNY

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About The Author

Elly Griffiths

My name’s Elly Griffiths, except it’s not really.

“My real name is Domenica de Rosa and I’ve written four books under that name. I was born in London in 1963 and my family moved to Brighton when I was five. I loved Brighton and still do – the town, the surrounding countryside and, most of all, the sea. I went to local state schools and wrote my first book when I was a 11, a murder mystery set in Rottingdean, near the village where I still live.  At secondary school I used to write episodes of Starsky and Hutch (early fan fiction) and very much enjoyed making my readers cry.

“I did all the right things to become a writer: I read English at King’s College London and, after graduating, worked in a library, for a magazine and then as a publicity assistant at HarperCollins. I loved working in publishing and eventually became Editorial Director for children’s books at HarperCollins. All this completely put me off writing and it wasn’t until I was on maternity leave in 1998 that I wrote what would become my first published novel, The Italian Quarter.

“Three other books followed, all about Italy, families and identity. By now we had two children and my husband Andy had just given up his city job to become an archaeologist. We were on holiday in Norfolk, walking across Titchwell Marsh, when Andy mentioned that prehistoric man had thought that marshland was sacred. Because it’s neither land nor sea, but something in-between, they saw it as a kind of bridge to the afterlife. Neither land nor sea, neither life nor death. As he said these words the entire plot of The Crossing Places appeared, full formed, in my head and, walking towards me out of the mist, I saw Dr Ruth Galloway. I didn’t think that this new book was significantly different from my ‘Italy’ books but, when she read it, my agent said, ‘This is crime. You need a crime name.’

“And that’s how I became Elly Griffiths.”

Dr. Ruth Galloway Series in Order

  1. The Crossing Places (2009) ISBN 9781786481863
  2. The Janus Stone (2010) ISBN 9781786482129
  3. The House at Sea’s End (2011) ISBN 9781786482136
  4. A Room Full of Bones (2011) – awaiting reprint
  5. A Dying Fall (2012) ISBN 9781786482150
  6. The Outcast Dead (2014) ISBN 9781786482167
  7. The Ghost Fields (2015) ISBN 9781786482174
  8. The Woman in Blue (2016) ISBN 9781848663374
  9. The Chalk Pit (2017) ISBN 9781784296629
  10. The Dark Angel (2018) ISBN 9781784296667
  11. The Stone Circle (2019) ISBN 9781786487315
  12. The Lantern Men (2020) ISBN 9781787477551
  13. The Night Hawks (2021) ISBN 9781787477841
  14. The Locked Room (2022) ISBN 9781529409673

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