It’s my stop today on the fabulous Stranger Diaries Blog tour. If you’re a regular visitor of my blog you know I am always up for a good crime thriller, so I couldn’t be happier to be on tour for this fab book!
Elly Griffiths is famous for Ruth Galloway mysteries, and she is treating us a stand alone novel this time with another unusual female detective. Don’t you like to read female police detectives? I really enjoy that, such a difference in the literary world of middle age male detectives with troubled pasts!
The idea in the heart of the book is quiet interesting. Imagine one of your closest friends being murdered. You’ve the habit of keeping a diary, every single day of your life. You pour your secrets, feelings, desires to your diary. And then one day you realise, a stranger is stalking you and even worse, they’re replying your entries in your diary! Holy creep! How creepy is that?
So our protagonist Clare is the diary keeper. She also has a teenage daughter and you know- teenage girls doesn’t come without problems. Her ex-husband, her colleague, even a Cambridge professor involves in the story and you really hold on to the book until the end to discover the identity of the killer.
This was such a gripping read, with some interesting characters and also the side story of the gothic writer from the olden times whom Clare writes a book about is adding a different flavour to the book. I really enjoyed reading those parts.
I feel sad that this book is standalone and I won’t be reading more of DS Harbinder. Might consider starting a hashtag #BringHarbinderBack 🙂 Any supporters? x
Elly Griffiths is WINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. She was born in London and worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. Her bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk. The series has won the CWA Dagger in the Library, and has been shortlisted three times for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her Stephens and Mephisto series is based in 1950s Brighton. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children.
Elly Griffiths will also be speaking at Crime Files Rooftop Bookclub on 12thNovember. Please see the link below to make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to meet and listen her 🙂
Please don’t forget to visit the other fantastic blogs during this blog tour 🙂