Jack and Ali are looking for a fresh start and a new home at Rosalind House, a self-sufficient commune established in a former psychiatric hospital. But the couple are clearly not all they seem, and their arrival sparks a chain of unexpected and unexplained incidents.
As the disturbing history of Rosalind House and the nearby village come to light, events from the past return to haunt the residents, and someone is seeking retribution…
Atmospheric, chilling, the tension masterfully built as the true horror of the story is revealed. Today I’m delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Lingering by SJI Holliday and this one, dear reader, is a cracker of a novel.
Something lingers at Rosalind House. The place has a reputation with the locals and certainly the commune that is currently based there is only adding kindling to the flames. Yet all they seek is to live in peace and remove themselves from the excess of modern life. They simply seek an escape.
Jack and Ali arrive in what appears to be a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, their sanity and themselves. They have left everything behind and yet there is the sense they are running away from something, something that isn’t quite ready to let them go. Their circumstances are revealed gradually through the story and I have to say that parts of their backstory gave me more chills than the events at Rosalind House. Not everyone is suited to the life of a commune and Ali struggles to adapt. Strange things start to happen and it’s not long before she begins to doubt her decision to go there. Their past however, doesn’t seem to want to leave them and it creeps slowly into the day to day life of the commune. Their arrival causes Rosalind House to stir. It’s dark history leaving them unable to find any peace until the icy, chill of its touch reaches out and grabs them. Evil has been lingering in the shadows of Rosalind House and it seems that Jack and Ali’s arrival only helps bring it out into the light.
A fantastic mix of psychological thriller, murder mystery and ghost story, The Lingering is simply wonderful. It pulls you in right from the get-go and consumes your thoughts long after the final page is turned. Even now, several weeks later, it still send shivers down my spine and creeps into my dreams. I do love a creepy, story but just one word of advice… perhaps don’t read this in the bath.
The Lingering by S J I Holliday is another fantastic offering from the wonderful Orenda Books
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Thank you so much to Anne at and Orenda Books for my review copy and for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour. This is a book I will definitely be recommending and I now look forward to reading more from S J I Holliday.
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