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The Lingering

Published by Orenda Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

A twisty, chilling psychological thriller cum gothic ghost story set in a Victorian psychiatric home with a disturbing history, and someone set on revenge…

LONGLISTED for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize

Number One Bestseller in Ebook


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

‘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
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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.
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'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

‘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

‘Brilliantly chilling and perfectly paced’ Anna Mazzola

‘One of the most original ghost stories I have ever read’ Cass Green

‘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

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 sjiholliday.com

  • Publisher: Orenda Books (November 15, 2018)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781912374533

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