A Light Left On | The Stranger Diaries | Review

To finish off my February reviews, I thought I’d review a crime fiction book that I read a little while ago.

Elly Griffiths is well-loved in the bookshop I work in, especially her Ruth Galloway series. Having never read any of her books before, I thought I’d start on her standalone and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so, I have started on her Ruth Galloway series…


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

A gripping contemporary Gothic thriller from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries: Wilkie Collins and MR James meet Gone Girl and Disclaimer.

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer RM Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare’s life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an RM Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case.

Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn’t hers…

Netgalley Review

Well-loved author in the bookshop and I can see why! Thoroughly enjoyed this spooky read and what a mystery! Loved the introduction of another book that links throughout.

Star Rating4 Stars

As mentioned above, Elly is a well-loved author in the bookshop I work in. Local’s love her books, especially her Ruth Galloway series. I think it’s because it’s set in the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk area, and personally, if a book is set in a place you know or love, it makes for a better read (or maybe it’s just me?)

The Stranger Diaries isn’t set in the area but as my first Elly read, I throughly enjoyed this gothic mystery. It’s a read between your fingers kinda read, with jump scares and shocking secrets that will leave you wanting to read it in one sitting (I certainly did!)

It’s the perfect book to curl up with when the weather is miserable, just be sure to leave a light on!

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding this, or any of Elly’s other books for that matter, to your TBR pile?

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