‘The Lingering’ spoiler-free review!

Hi everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Lingering by S.J.I. Holiday! Huge thanks to Anne Cater/Orenda Books for sending me a copy to review ๐Ÿ™‚

What the book is about…

Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient spiritual 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 retributionโ€ฆ

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.

What I thought of it…

This was a great thriller! Right from the prologue, I was completely hooked and the book never lost my attention once. The short chapters made this an incredibly pacey read.

The Lingering is told in alternating POV chapters between Ali, who has just moved into the commune with her husband and is struggling to adjust, and Angela, a longer-term resident who is intrigued by the idea of paranormal activity in the building. We are also given glimpses into the mind of Smeaton, who runs the commune, as well as journal entries from a doctor in the 1950s who was investigating reports of mistreatment at the old asylum. These perspectives are all fascinating and each one adds something to the story. There is not a single superfluous word.

The thrills start very quickly in this one; in fact, it was creepy before anything even happened! You could not pay me to move into an old asylum! Holiday conjured the setting perfectly. Things were very vague at first, which added to the creeping sense of dread; it’s great to go into this book not knowing much about it because it will only add to the spooky atmosphere! There were some genuinely scary moments.

This felt like a book of two halves, with part one successfully building the tension and part two erupting into madness. Every piece of information that was slowly revealed had me on the edge of my seat; I couldn’t believe some of what I was reading. It was really exciting. However, it wasn’t all cheap thrills; there was real substance to the story as well.

I’m not going to say any more because I recommend going into this one blind. But I’d say this is the perfect read for a dark and gloomy night… just maybe leave the lights on!!

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If you’d like to find out more about this book and what other readers thought of it, check out the other stops on the blog tour! x

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5 thoughts on “‘The Lingering’ spoiler-free review!

  1. That. is a. HUGE! blog tour. Wow! Okay, you totally have me. I’m going to add this book to my list, though I want to see if it’s in audiobook format. I tend to like thrillers better when I listen to them, as some of the scary parts fall flat on the page if I can’t hear them.

    The opening to the synopsis worried me. When I read “Married couple…” I thought UGH! Not another married couple with a seemingly-perfect life but there’s trouble in deep waters plot! Nope, this isn’t that. HOORAY!


    • It will probably be terrifying in audiobook format; it takes a lot for words on a page to scare me but wow, this one was creepy! I don’t recommend reading it in the bath ๐Ÿ˜‰

      And it’s certainly not your average domestic drama, it’s like nothing I’ve ever read! I hope you love it if you decide to try it! ๐Ÿ™‚


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