Neither an exciting psychological thriller, nor a convincing ghost story…
The Lingering by S.J.I. Holliday
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Horror
Published: 15th September, 2018
Bunch of hippies living in an abandoned asylum, practicing all sorts of woo woo, without a steady source of income? Now, that’s scary. Ghosts? Not so much. Well, not these ghosts anyway.
When I’m reading a ghost story, I want to feel my heartbeat quicken, have those chills running down my spine, and all that jazz. I’m sad to report that The Lingering gave me none of the shivers I’ve been looking for. Sure, there were mysterious creaking floor boards, ominous water dripping, unpleasant bathroom incidents and strange sightings, but none of them were portrayed in a way that I would hold my breath or be worried in the slightest.
Ali and Jack were an odd couple. Even the way they got into the woo-woo community was quite out of the ordinary, so obviously the current residents had some reservations toward them. Jack’s outbursts and Ali’s aloofness did not help in smoothing out these matters either. They have secrets, they spend too much time in their room, and Ali is particularly resistant of the bubbly Angela’s attempts to make friends. No bueno.
The oddness with them didn’t end there though. Jack, a former police officer, just simply didn’t seem like a person the police would ever employ. Like, how did this dude ever passed all those evaluations and all? Ali, who used to be a nurse on the psychiatric ward was a proper nut job. I usually like those. Not Ali though. She just came across as those evil mastermind types who just do shit because, you know… EVIL!
Then shit got real weird in the second part. You know those forehead scrunching moments we all have sometimes, wondering if things are really going the way we think it is, but the main question is why on earth would we roll that way. But hey! It works for others. I’m just peculiar when it comes to ghosts. I like subtle shit, and creepiness that plays on my senses.
The Lingering is a short and entertaining paranormal story, but it somehow misses the tension that propels you toward the end because you just simply need to know what’s going to happen next.