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The Lingering

by SJI Holliday


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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
'The Lingering is 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 vivid setting, stunning twists and surprising, unsettling characters' Louise Voss
'Read with all the lights on' Crime Fiction Lover
'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
'Perfect modern-day Hitchcockian suspense' Steph Broadribb
'Creepy, unsettling and all-consuming' Jenny Blackhurst
'The QUEEN of creepy story-telling' TripFiction
'Nerve-shredding and genuinely chilling' Random Things through My Letterbox
'Spooky, compelling and chilling' Jane Isaac
'Dark as the darkest night and wonderfully disturbing' Grab this Book
'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...

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Orenda Books Ltd
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SJI Holliday (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 fro...

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