The Lingering – SJI Holliday

Isbn:9781912374533. November 15th 2018. Orenda Books. With thanks to TBC for arranging a paperback to be sent my way.

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.

At 252 pages long, this book should have taken me no time to get through, unfortunately real life and bad health got in the way. It took me a lot longer to get through then planned in the end. I am hoping to retry again sometime in the future to see if it helps me enjoy it more. My fingers are crossed because I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

I found it could be really slow, and and I wasn’t a fan of the main characters. It wasn’t until about half way through I started to like Angela’s point of view. I still don’t really like Ali and Jack (or Smeaton to be honest).

Aside from feeling it was slow, I enjoyed the plot. It was dark and creepy, and I want to read more books like it. The setting is the kind of place I’d be fascinated by, but terrified off in real life.

Honestly, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had been able to read it at a better time of my life.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

You can buy the paperback here.


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