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A family is hunted by a centuries-old monster: a man with a relentless obsession who can take on any identity.

The String Diaries opens with Hannah frantically driving through the night--her daughter asleep in the back, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied with strings through generations. The diaries carry the rules for survival that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the 19th century. But how can Hannah escape an enemy with the ability to look and sound like the people she loves?

Stephen Lloyd Jones's debut novel is a sweeping thriller that extends from the present day, to Oxford in the 1970s, to Hungary at the turn of the 19th century, all tracing back to a man from an ancient royal family with a consuming passion--a boy who can change his shape, insert himself into the intimate lives of his victims, and destroy them.

If Hannah fails to end the chase now, her daughter is next in line. Only Hannah can decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to finally put a centuries-old curse to rest.

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The String Diaries
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4.2 / 5
The String Diaries
June 1st, 2015
I enjoyed this book from the first scenes. The author painted such a clear picture that I couldn't wait to find out what happened. I loved the three timelines and going to Hungary, Wales and France. A very beguiling premise as well!
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Fast-paced "X-File" of a thriller
November 12th, 2014
A fast-paced, exciting thriller with just enough of a supernatural touch to give the story an "X-Files" feeling -- namely, a shapeshifting, predatory antagonist. Solidly creepy with plenty of heart-stopping action.
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