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The Lingering

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,034 ratings  ·  261 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2018 by ORENDA BOOKS
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Amalia Gkavea
No. Just no. DNF at 30% and I am so disappointed... I was really, really looking forward to reading this but what I found was a story dragging and dragging until Hell freezes over. Two characters that made me want to knock my head on the wall. A plot so predictable, a kind of dialogue that was more wooden than a log cabin and what was possibly the weakest approach to create a mix of Gothic Mystery, Haunted House Thriller in a Dystopian environment. I mean, give me a break here...

Not even the fen
Richard (on hiatus)
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-horror
The Lingering by S.J.I.Holliday, chosen as a Halloween read, is an unusual and contemporary horror novel.
Ali and Jack, escaping some dark trauma from the past, join a commune in the Fens - a flat, underpopulated area of eastern England known for its mists, marshes and isolated villages.
The commune, a hippyish ragbag of eccentrics and outsiders, is housed in an old lunatic asylum, which was in turn built upon the site of an ancient Manor House. There is of course a history of madness, murder, wi
Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient spiritual commune in the English Fens, desperate for a 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.

Right from the start it is made clear to the reader that Jack has done something terrible in their past which is how they came to be at Rosalind House looking for a fresh start.

Once they
The Book Review Café
When I pick up a novel I’m always looking for a read that will captivate my imagination, a novel that leaves me breathless, one that will unnerve me and one where I reach the last page I immediately want to read it again, novels that make me feel like this are a rare breed indeed, well up until now that is. I’m not going to beat about the bush I loved The Lingering by SJI Holliday, it was the perfect read for me, I found it to be creepy, and very, very dark. Part ghost story, part domestic thril ...more
Ova - Excuse My Reading
3.5 stars

This was a good read, however it's not as scary as I thought it should be. A well written, slow paced thriller with some surprises and reveals.

The main story line follows an apparently troubled young couple moving in with a commune in a once-asylum building called Rosalind house. On sideline we also follow the journal of the doctor who worked in the asylum and the events in the past are revealed.

Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally read scary stories because I’m a big fat wuss and I was slightly worried, that just like with scary movies, I’d be hiding behind my sofa or have my face buried in a pillow which would make reading rather difficult. Luckily though, I wouldn’t quite label this one as a scary read. Creepy? Absolutely! Chilling? Right to the bone!

The Lingering oozes atmosphere from the very first page, almost like a movie scene. Driving a car down a driveway, seeing a house loom up in front of you f
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Creepy, atmospheric read for October? Yessss please! I have had this book on my kindle for so long just waiting for the perfect time to read it, now is the time! Bodies of water that feel like they are pulling you down, trying to smother and drown you...cold flashes....glimpses of ghosts...wet footsteps when nobody is around to leave them...things that go bump in the night...yep this is my kind of book.

Would you live in a former asylum? One that served as a psychiatric hospital that practiced "q
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
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I think that the tagline for The Lingering should be as follows:

The Lingering: giving you a reason not to bath since 2018! 😱😂🛀👻

Jack and Ali Gardiner (a policeman and a psychiatric nurse) have sold most of their worldly possessions, trading in the city life and their stressful jobs for a fresh start. Starting over away from it all in the Fens at Rosalind House. Taking their places in
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re like many readers and like to try and match your reads to the season then have I got the perfect book for you to add to your fall/winter TBR! The Lingering is ideal to dive into this time of year, it has a rich and vivid setting that will get under your skin, and the story itself is intriguing and also toes the line with hints at the supernatural without it totally taking over the plot. An added bonus for me is that it’s set in a commune and that sort of lifestyle absolutely fascinates ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
There is always something about a story set in a commune that instantly appeals to me. Especially when the building they are living in is a former psychiatric home. Alarm bells started to go off in my head and I knew no matter what, I had to read this book.

The story alternates mainly between Ali, who has just arrived at the commune and Angela who is a long standing resident there. Angela is quite a quirky character. She believes in the super natural and is determined to find proof that the build
3.5 stars

It's getting harder and harder to capture my attention when it comes to horror novels. The Lingering is thoroughly original, but it takes awhile for the build up to actually capture you. I battled between 3 and 4 stars for this title, so my opinion may change as I write this review. Ali and Jack Gardiner have decided to give up their livelihoods and move to the Rosalind House. The Rosalind House is a spiritual commune, run by a group of parishioners who have decided that today's soc
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I don't even know where to begin with this book! I love that the synopsis is fairly vague so that you have no idea what to expect going in and I certainly wasn't expecting THAT.

Jack and Ali are having some marital issues.. so what's the best way to try and solve that? Why, pack up your bags and move to a commune. Seems legit. There's something interesting about this commune though - they're located on an abandoned psychiatric home, The Rosalind House. There's a history of abuse, ghosts and witc
Bill Kupersmith
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An abandoned lunatic asylum is the perfect setting for a ghost story and Rosalind House, built in1845, is now the home of a “synergistic loving” community presided over by Smeaton Dunsmore, one of the narrators. The community rule is a volume called The Book of Light. Mostly they seem keen on gardening and carpentry. Another resident and narrator is Angela Fairley, who humorously refers herself as Fairy Angela, and is a psychic investigator searching the house for evidence of paranormal activity ...more
THE LINGERING, by S.J.I. Holliday was a gothic style ghost story that started out promising, in terms of atmosphere. Jack and Ali are moving into a "commune" of self-sufficient people. They are (obviously) leaving their jobs and lives in the city behind for a "new start" at life.

Almost immediately, you know that they are not the innocent couple they seem--in fact--this point is hammered in by the multiple character's viewpoints, including the two in question. The chapters are told by various POV
I have to admit this was well written but:
-the plot was fairly obvious from the beginning
-It wasn't very spooky (maybe this was my fault for reading it on the train at nine a.m. instead of alone at night)
-(view spoiler) was an idiot
-The thing with the village people not YMCA village people, although that would've been a funny twist was a missed opportunity
-The whole ending and reveal with a certain character was rushed and lackluster
-my expectations were too high because
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-tbr
"It's the house they need to worry about. What it was built on. The memories that live here, hidden deep in the foundations."

I saw The Lingering pop up around bookstagram & I had to get a copy! First off, this cover is gorgeous. It's so haunting & I could tell this was going to be a good one.

The Lingering is definitely a slow burn, so don't expect a fast-paced thriller here. It's a gothic blend of horror and suspense. While I think there could have been a bit more focus on the ghostiness in th
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Commune - check
Asylum - check
Murder - check
Creepy - check, check, check

4.5 * What is not to like lol. I really enjoyed this creepy and atmospheric story set in a commune based in an old asylum, which didn't end up going where I thought it was, I like surprises (in books). Definitely creepy with an interesting premise and characters. If you like ghost stories and fancy something a little different give it a go.
Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
4.5 STARS.

I’ve been dying to read another paranormal thriller for a while now and this one was just what I needed 🙌🏼 This book was so sinister and creepy in the best ways possible and I can’t believe I didn’t read this book sooner! ⁣

What I loved most about this book was how unsettling it was. While it is definitely a slow-burn, it’s executed so well to where it gives you all the creeps throughout 👻 I also really loved how this wasn’t just your typical haunted house novel and there is MUCH more
Linda Strong
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018

What really caught my interest in this book is that it's set in a former asylum and psychiatric hospital. This book has all kinds of things going on ... psychological horror, mystery, supernatural, and quirky, disturbing residents.

Jack and Ali move to a commune in a small village. noted for its history of witches. Once they arrive, all manner of strange things occur and the residents become extremely jumpy ... so what do they know that Jack and Ali don't?

This is a disturbing read, making the ha
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing beginning and setting up the premise, it got a bit slow in the middle, however the ending was great !!
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The Lingering was a great spooky October read. This books has a bit of everything; domestic thriller, strange commune in a former psychiatric institution, and ghosts. What more could you want? It is super fast-paced with non-stop twists and turns. Loved it!
Karen Mace
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blimey that was rather brilliant!! And creepy AF!! I think the moral of this story is 'trust nobody'. Oh, and don't ever take a bath.......ever, ever again!!!

The Lingering is a (very!) twisted supernatural crime story. We are introduced to Jack and Ali Gardner who decide to leave their old life behind to begin again at a self sufficient commune. The village they move to has link to witchcraft and the locals are well aware of the stories and history. Even Rosalind House where the commune has set
Caroline Mitchell
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, favorites
I loved this book! I adore novels with a creepy edge and The Lingering was such a treat. I listened via audiobook and the narrators did such a great job of bringing the characters to life. The story focuses around three main characters, Ali, her husband Jack and Angela, who all stay in a commune - a former psychiatric home with a very dark past. I adored Angela, with all her theories on the supernatural and funny little quirks. Halfway through the book, the story took a turn - although I won't s ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, paranormal
I purchased this book completely on the word of a blogger friend, maybe you know Inge at The Belgian Reviewer? She has great taste in books, so I knew it had to be good. Of course, it was brilliant!

The Lingering is very different from the usual thrillers. At first you think Ali and Jack are a typical couple having marital problems, and this is their last-ditch attempt at trying to save their relationship. Mind you, going to live at a commune seems an unusual choice, but we don’t know their troub
Louise Beech
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. One of the spookiest books I've read in a long time. So beautifully written too. Holliday knows what to do with them words to make you jump at every sound while you're reading. Reminded me how I felt reading Rosemary's Baby when I was thirteen. Creepy, tense, and clever. ...more
Vikki Patis
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A haunting, excellent read. The Lingering is creepy AF.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hypnotic, disturbing, and utterly chilling, THE LINGERING by SJI Holliday is the perfect book to read in a dimly lit room, in a big empty house - that is, if you want to terrify the life out of yourself!!

Rosalind House is the perfect place to live if you want to remove yourself from the pressures and stresses of the modern world and start afresh. While the old mansion has a chequered past with whispers of witchcraft and its disturbing history as an asylum, everyone who lives here doesn't feel an
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strange sightings, she saw it, she felt it, something is lingering.

This novel had me gripped from early on, there were little hints dropped about Ali, they had me constantly asking myself, ‘what’s the story here’, and ‘what’s that sentence alluding to’? It was a great technique to build suspense and ensure this plot had my full attention.

“Are your unconscious thoughts as dark as your heart?”

You only have to say the word asylum and my ‘eerie-detector’ starts tingling; it’s one of my favourite set
Mairead Hearne (
My Rating 3.5*

Control, Coercion and Retribution

Jack and Ali Gardiner arrive at Rosalind House running away from the life they have known. Jack worked for the police department in the very distressing unit of child protection. Ali worked as a nurse in a very busy hospital. Both arrive, exhausted, looking to start afresh and leaving the hectic and chaotic world of city life behind.

Rosalind House is home to a commune, a place of refuge for folk, who for various reasons, all want to leave the ha
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-set-in-uk
Novel set in Cambridgeshire from the Queen of creepy storytelling

Rosalind House has a chequered history. For many years it was an asylum and by the 1950s it had become a psychiatric unit. Today, it houses a community of disparate people, founded in 1995 by Smeaton Dunsmore, who is still in charge; the individuals are encouraged to ‘Embrace the LIght’. But the dark walls have many a gruesome tale to tell, from the 16th Century when women were consigned to brutal deaths as witches, through to the
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Librarian Note: Also writes under the name Susi Holliday.

Susi (S.J.I.) Holliday grew up near Edinburgh and spent many years working in her family’s newsagent and pub before studying microbiology and statistics at university. She has worked as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years, but it was on a 6-month round-the-world-trip that she took with her husband several years ago tha

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