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Published by Orenda Books, 15 November 2018. ISBN:
the days draw in and the nights become longer and the mist creeps across the
common at the bottom of my garden, there is nothing better than curling up with
a creepy thriller featuring an old asylum in the middle of the bleak
Cambridgeshire Fens. And Susi Holliday’s The Lingering fits the bill extremely
The book opens (after an unsettling
prologue) with Jack and Ali Gardiner arriving at a spiritual commune hoping for
a fresh start. The nearby village is known for the witches that lived there in
the past and Rosalind House, the home of the commune, is a former abandoned
psychiatric hospital. From the beginning, it is clear Jack and Ali have secrets
to hide, and their arrival triggers a set of unexplained and malevolent events.
As the residents of Rosalind House become twitchy and suspicious of one
another, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone – or
something – is out for revenge.
Rosalind House has a tragic past, and
its secrets, lies and persecutions are soaked in the very fabric of the
building. Add in the desolation of the Fen landscape and a village that has a
history of witchcraft, and we have the perfect setting for The Lingering, and
one that hints at the supernatural.
The characters are well drawn, and
their development is excellent. Ali and Jack are rounded and believable, and I
did like the third main character, the naïve Angela – one of the commune’s
residents who is determined to prove there is some kind of ghostly presence in
Rosalind House. The plot, too, sizzles, and Susi Holliday builds the story
brick-by-brick, sweeping us along and taking us in completely unexpected
The Lingering – with its fabulously
evocative cover – is a thoroughly modern ghost story, also involving a serial
killer, pharmaceutical experiments and the journal of a long-dead doctor. And I
will say, I am never going to look at my bath in the same way again!
Hollidaygrew up in East Lothian. 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 competition. Her third book The Damselfly was published in February
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter, when she was
eight. When she grew up she had to earn a living and became a BBC radio talk
show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but
also some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true
journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good
story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small presses. She
formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message
across using their life stories. Now she is writing crime thrillers drawing on
her experiences in journalism. Her third
book set in East Anglia and featuring investigative journalist Alex.Dark Waters, was published by Harper
Collins/Killer Reads in March 2018.