Orenda signs Holliday’s ‘disturbing’ psychological mystery

Orenda signs Holliday’s ‘disturbing’ psychological mystery

Orenda Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights (ex USA/Can) for SJI Holliday’s The Lingering, in a two-book deal negotiated with Phil Patterson of Marjacq Scripts.

At once an unnerving locked-room mystery, a chilling thriller and a dark and superbly wrought ghost story, The Lingering centres around married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner, who move to a self-sufficient commune in the Fens, hoping for a fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided (and died) there, and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history. Jack and Ali’s arrival sets off a chain of unexpected and unexplained events, and it becomes clear that they aren’t all they seem…

Karen Sullivan says, ‘The Lingering was pitched as a cross between The Lovely Bones and The Woman in Black, and I was immediately intrigued. This exceptionally plotted, character-driven and wholly believable thriller is both unnerving and tantalisingly twisted, with fascinating themes of control, coercion and retribution threading the narrative, but also remarkably original, with an uncanny sense of place, a bewitchinghistory and some curiously relevant messages. I love books that veer in unexpected directions, absorbing the reader and pulling in elements from other genres, and this is a tour de force! Susi is an exceptional writer, and The Lingering is undoubtedly her best work yet … and a perfect fit for the Orenda list.

Phil Patterson says, ‘I am a great admirer of Karen Sullivan and Orenda Books, and I am thrilled that Susi will be in such good hands.’

SJI Holliday says, ‘I’m delighted that Karen and her team will be publishing me with their much coveted combination of professionalism, enthusiasm and passion. I’m very excited to become an official member of #TeamOrenda.’

The Lingering will be published in November 2018