The Lingering by SJI Holliday #BlogTour

I am delighted to share my review for The Lingering by S.J.I Holliday with you on Blog Tour today, which is out now

The Book

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 the second book that I have read by the author and one of the things that I love about SJI Holliday is that you are always guaranteed a dark and creepy read…..and this story is just that and even more.

I was hooked from the very first page the author draws you in with an OMG prologue leaving you wanting more. We then follow a story that alternates between  characters and tells the story about a couple who move to Rosalind house which has some very disturbing history.

The Lingering is full of mystery and not forgetting the fact that it is a ghost story….Woo Hoo I do love a good ghost story and this is beyond good. I freaking loved it

I loved the authors style of writing, it is atmospheric and will certainly send chills down your spine. The more I read the more I wanted to know and the whole time I kept thinking what a brilliant movie this would make. Just be warned this is a story that you don’t want to read with the lights out.

If you are looking for a short and eerie read then this is the book for you…which I highly recommend.

S.J.I. (Susi) Holliday grew up in East Lothian, Scotland. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham prize. 

She has written three crime novels set in the fictional Scottish town of Banktoun, which are a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller. They are: “Black Wood”, “Willow Walk” and “The Damselfly” – all featuring the much loved character, Sergeant Davie Gray. 

Her serial killer thriller “The Deaths of December” (written as Susi Holliday), featuring Detective Sergeant Eddie Carmine and Detective Constable Becky Greene was a festive hit in 2017.

Her spooky mystery “The Lingering” will be released in September 2018.

You can find out more at her website: and on Facebook and Twitter @SJIHolliday. Sign-up for updates and giveaways here:

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