The ideas behind this story are great. The crimes in the book are closely tied to a ghost story which was written by an author who lived in the old part of the school at which Clare Cassidy teaches. She is also studying that author, RM Holland, and using his life and work in her English classes. The first murder is of her close friend, Ella, who is also a teacher at the school.
I liked the development and interactions of the three main characters in the book, who take it in turns to narrate the story. They are Clare, her daughter, Georgie, and the leading investigating officer, DS Harbinder Kaur, who also attended the same school but suffered some discrimination during her time there.
My favourite character, by far, was Harbinder. She is down to earth and doesn’t hold back on anything that she says or does.
The conclusion of the story seemed a bit rushed and weak to me, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
Had it not been for a small number of typos, a continuity error or two and what I perceived as a slight slip in forensic investigation, I would have considered awarding The Strange Diaries a rare five stars. It deserves a four-star rating a strong recommendation and I can’t wait to read more from this author. My hope is that I shall soon meet DS Kaur again in another investigation.