2020 is coming to an end. Thank God! It’s time to start wrapping up the challenges set for this year. I wanted to complete the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge and … Continue reading Beat Those Reading Challenges
One of my goals for the year was to complete the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge (check it out here). Since I’m a mood reader, I decided to do a prompt … Continue reading Wrapping up the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge
Guys, I finally finished a book! I’m actually getting to do a review! I picked The Stranger Diaries for my monthly challenge. The Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge prompted me to read a book nominated for an award in 2020. The Stranger Diaries won the 2020 Edgar Award for best novel. It deserved it.
Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder, but most of the time it is a work of fiction. She is a high school English teacher that specializes in gothic horror. Clare’s life collides with her favorite novel when her friend is murdered. When Clare turns to her diary to document her feelings, she discovers writing that isn’t hers. Suddenly, she finds herself living in a horror novel.
The Stranger Diaries is what I wanted The Broken Girls to be. For instance, it incorporated a haunted school, a horror novel, and a murder mystery. Each element brought great depth to the story.
Above all, I loved the inclusion of multiple points of view. It had Clare’s point of view, her daughter Georgie’s, and Detective Sergeant Harbinder’s point of view. Even with multiple points of view I couldn’t single in on one suspect. There wasn’t a character that I didn’t suspect.
I didn’t expect the ending. It wrapped up so well. The friendship that developed between Clare and Harbinder was great. The Stranger Diaries was a well developed mystery with a lot of depth. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until now. It is definitely underrated!
My Rating: 5/5
Happy New Year! I hope it is a great year for anyone reading this. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love goal setting. I have … Continue reading 2020 Reading Goals