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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths Review

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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


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Verity by Colleen Hoover Review

Verity|Colleen Hoover

If you are hunting a great psychological thriller, Verity is the book for you. I kept seeing it all over the bookish internet so I finally read it. It is completely worth the hype!

When bestselling author Verity Crawford is injured in a tragic car accident her publisher hires struggling writer, Lowen Ashleigh, to finish her series. Lowen temporarily moves into the Crawford’s home to sort through Verity’s notes. While she is there Lowen finds a horrifying unfinished autobiography that admits what happened on the day Verity’s daughter died. Lowen tries to hide the manuscript from Jeremy Crawford even as her feelings for him intensify. She knows that the truth in the manuscript is just too much for the grieving father to handle.

My Thoughts on Verity

I was hooked from page one. I can’t say very much about the book because I don’t want to spoil it, but believe me when I say you need to read this.

The thriller plot was great, but I also liked how it focused on the writing process. It showed a sneak peek inside the publishing world.I am sure I have read from an author’s perspective before but it’s still not a perspective I read often.

Reading from the unfinished manuscript was horrifying. It gave a great insight into Verity’s mind and writing style. In her best selling novel series she writes from the villain’s perspective. I really wish they were real novels because they sound amazing.

This is the first book I have ever read by Colleen Hoover. I never realized that she had written a mystery/thriller. I am going to have to research her to see if she has written anymore thrillers because I would definitely read more of her work.

My Rating: 5/5


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