2020 Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel
by Elly Griffiths
"Death lies between the lines when the events of a dark story start coming true in this haunting modern Gothic mystery, perfect for fans of Magpie Murders and The Lake House.
Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she even teaches a course on him. But when one of Clare's colleagues is found dead, with a line from Holland's iconic story "The Stranger" left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with her favorite literature.
The police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her diary, the only outlet for her suspicions and fears. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn't hers, left on the page of an old diary:
Hallo Clare. You don't know me.
Clare becomes more certain than ever: "The Stranger" has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?
The Edgar Allan Poe Awards are given by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction and nonfiction produced the previous year.
Listed below are the winners for Best Novel, Best First Novel by an American author, Best Paperback Original, Best Fact Crime, Best Critical or Biographical work, Best Young Adult Novel, and Best Juvenile Novel. Also included are the winners of the Mary Higgins Clark Award.
The first Edgar was awarded in 1954.