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A twisty, chilling psychological thriller cum gothic ghost story set in a Victorian psychiatric home with a disturbing history...

`Saunters from creepy to genuinely terrifying ... I was completely unable to put it down' Elizabeth Haynes

`In the new wave of gothic novels, The Lingering is a stand-out triumph' Eva Dolan

`An atmospheric chiller of a book ... reminiscent of early James Herbert' Fiona Cummins

Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history.

When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution...

At once an unnerving mystery, a chilling thriller and a dark and superbly wrought ghost story, The Lingering is an exceptionally plotted, terrifying and tantalisingly twisted novel by one of the most exciting authors in the genre.

'Utterly beguiling and darkly sinister, this superb Gothic ghost tale is a brilliantly crafted rug puller' Lisa Howells, Heat Magazine

`A wonderful cross-over novel that ranges from taut psychological chiller to supernatural suspense ... Nail-biting stuff, superbly executed' Sunday Times Crime Club

`Readers will find this contemporary gothic tale hard to put down' Publishers Weekly

`A thrilling, chilling, shocking tale, perfect if you take delight in an icy shiver scuttling down your spine' LoveReading

`An atmospheric chiller of a book, full of secrets and shadows. The house at the heart of this spine-tingling story looms as large as its impressive cast of characters. Holliday's evocative writing is reminiscent of early James Herbert' Fiona Cummins

'Cements Holliday's position as one of the most gifted and entertaining psychological thriller writers in the business' Steve Cavanagh

`Brilliantly chilling and perfectly paced' Anna Mazzola

'Fascinating fusion of murder mystery and ghost story. Blood-chilling from beginning to end' Paul Finch

`One of the most original ghost stories I have ever read' Cass Green

`A perfect twisted read' Amanda Jennings

`Like Stephen King meets Thomas Harris' Derek Farrell

`A serious spine-chiller from an exceptional talent' Chris Whitaker

`Tense and chilling, with a creeping sense of unease' Neil Broadfoot

`Perfectly paced and guaranteed to cause you sleepless nights for all the right reasons. Fans of Susan Hill and Andrew Taylor, take note' David Mark

`Creepy, unsettling and all-consuming' Jenny Blackhurst

`Spooky, compelling and chilling' Jane Isaac

`Eerie and unsettling, with a bittersweet beauty' Fergus McNeill

`Unnerved me right from the start' June Taylor

'A perfect winter read' Lisa Gray

`An unsettling tale of haunting ... that lingers in the mind' Mason Cross

`A relentlessly unnerving mystery - like shuffling footsteps from a long-locked attic' Matt Wesolowski

`Gets under your skin and stays there' Quentin Bates

`The story is at the same time a locked room mystery, a chilling thriller and a dark and complex ghost story which has been described as both creepy and chilling' Mystery People

`The Lingering - with its fabulously evocative cover - is a thoroughly modern ghost story, also involving a serial killer, pharmaceutical experiments and the journal of a long-dead doctor. And I will say, I am never going to look at my bath in the same way again!' Promoting Crime

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryHorrorFiction & PoetryRomanceRomance Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 15/11/2018 ISBN-13: 9781912374533  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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S.J.I. (Susi) Holliday is a pharmaceutical statistician by day and a crime and horror fan by night. Her short stories have been published in many places and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham prize with her story `Home from Home', which was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in spring 2017. She is the bestselling author of the creepy and claustrophobic Banktoun trilogy (Black Wood, Willow Walk and The Damselfly) featuring the much-loved Sergeant Davie Gray, and has dabbled in festive crime with the critically acclaimed The Deaths of December. Her latest psychological thriller is modern gothic with more than a hint of the supernatural, which she loved writing due to her fascination and fear of ghosts. She is proud to be one of The Slice Girls has been described by David Mark as 'Dark as a smoker's lung.' She divides her time between Edinburgh and London and you will find her at crime-fiction events in the UK and abroad. Follow Susi on Twitter @SJIHolliday or visit her website

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Customer Reviews

Haunting, compelling and remarkable, this is a book for anyone who is fascinated by the edges of life, memory and the power of the mind. The setting, a large house which itself seems to have memories, exerts its power throughout on those who live in and around it through the years. Vague suggestions, extreme hatred and twists dominate the narrative, even if at times there is a little over working of the idea. Clever changes of the point of view ensure that the reader is left in no doubt as to who is really guilty, and who knows what is going on in a community with high ideals but dealing with forces beyond control. Suspicion and hard facts form a story which has a potential to linger in the mind. I found this an interesting book and I was glad to have an opportunity to read it as part a tour. Ali and Jack are shown arriving at Rosalind House, a community of ill matched people led by the quiet but intuitive Smeaton Dunsmore, who are apparently trying to find a way to live together. On the surface this is a gentle, self - sufficient life style, with hints of an ill - defined spiritual dimension as the emphasis on peaceful existence is set out in a handbook. It soon becomes obvious that one of the people has her own agenda of discovering what exactly has happened in the house and grounds before, and how best to find out what is left behind by people who suffered trauma. While Ali’s exploration of the house allows the reader to witness some of the supernatural elements of life left behind, her own unnatural level of concern for Jack means that she obviously feels they have something to hide. How she deals with such minute introspection is one of the dynamics of the book, as well as the interface with the other residents, who appear to feel uncomfortable by her evident influence over Jack. Angela in particular finds Ali and Jack a troubling yet intriguing intrusion into both the building and community, and it is in their interaction that the heart of the story emerges. I felt that there were several important themes emerging through this novel, and certainly the reader’s interest and involvement is maintained until the last page. I was not always certain how much of the novel is realistic, but the author’s background seems to guarantee that much of the narrative is viable. This is a memorable book with a highly original premise; certainly the house as a character is well done and disturbing at the right level. The community is perhaps a little too idealistic, and there is a little overwriting of some elements, but this is a confidently handled book with the author writing a compelling if disquieting narrative. While some of the characters are extreme, the nature of the book is such that this is necessary to fulfil its early promise. Altogether an impressive read, this is a strong book for lovers of the supernatural and the suggestion that there are no easy explanations for human relationships.

- 18/11/2018
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