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 locked-room 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.
I had been seeing rave reviews about this book and couldn’t wait to jump in – and I have to say they weren’t wrong – this book is stunning!
I loved the setting for the book and the writing style is superb for this story. It had me feeling chills and I did more than a few shudders, I was completely immersed in the story and it was a real page turner for me. I couldn’t wait to see how the book would end. I thought the characters were marvellous and I loved seeing them develop as the book progressed.
I am a bit wimp at times but I love reading this kind of book as I can get creeped out safely and the author certainly did that for me with this one – No hesitation whatsoever in giving this one 5 stars – it is blooming brilliant!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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