The Lingering by SJI Holliday ** # Blog Tour Review**

Today's featured book is a real chiller of a book- The Lingering by SJI Holliday.

An unnerving mystery, a chilling thriller and a dark and superbly wrought ghost story set in an isolated commune. 

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. 

My Thoughts

This is a modern gothic novel which drips with atmosphere and ever deepening suspense. Set in an isolated and mysterious mansion, which is set apart, you learn about its secretive and troubled past. With elements of witchcraft, ghosts and unexplained events, the tension soon begins to mount. The commune inhabitants are isolated and regarded with suspicion by the local villagers. As you read the story, you are never quite sure who to trust or what is real and to say that there are unreliable narrators is an understatement.

    Told through the perspectives of Ali and Angela, you change your mind several times as to what has actually been happening. I found this to be tense, taut writing with some fascinating characters and a thoroughly disturbing plot. This is a story which unnerves the reader and leaves you slightly breathless as the story develops. The Lingering is a chilling tale which preys on one's fears and nightmares.

In short: An original and unnerving tale where the supernatural and horror collide.
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. 

You can follow Susi here: Website   |  Twitter   |  Facebook 
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Book links: Amazon UK   |  Orenda Books

Thanks to SJI Holliday, and Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater of Orenda Books for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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