Book Review | The Nesting by CJ Cooke

Title: The Nesting

Author: C J Cooke

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: 15th October 2020

Source: NetGalley 

Buy: Amazon UK

Atmospheric, gothic, spine-chilling… The new thriller from C.J Cooke will haunt you long after you turn the last page…

Deep in a remote Norwegian forest, Lexi has found a new home with architect Tom and his two young daughters. With snow underfoot and the sound of the nearby fjord in her ears, it’s as if Lexi has stepped into a fairy tale

But this family has a history – and this place has a past. Something was destroyed to build their beautiful new house. And those ancient, whispering woods have a long memory.

Lexi begins to hear things, see things that don’t make sense. She used to think this place heavenly, but in the dark, dark woods, a menacing presence lurks.

With darkness creeping in from the outside, Lexi knows she needs to protect the children in her care.

But protect them from what?


TW: Mild - Mental Health, Suicide, Domestic Abuse

Aurelia has it all, two beautiful daughters, a handsome architect husband and a housekeeper who dotes on her.  She is truly living a charmed life and when her husband tells her that he is going to build her a house in her ancestral country of Norway she is overjoyed.  Her joy is short lived as the land they have bought doesn’t seem to want them there.

Lexi doesn’t have it all, her life is falling apart, she finds herself homeless and on a train.  On that train she overhears two young women talking about a nannying position for a man and his two young daughters which will take the successful applicant to Norway.  Despite no qualifications Lexi manages to scam her way in to the position and finds herself looking after two adorable girls with no idea whatsoever of what she should be doing.  She also learns that her employers wife committed suicide in Norway.

The Nesting tells us its story from two different POV’s, the present with Lexi and the past with Aurelia.  Each woman encounters things, things that should most definitely not be there, things that could be warning them both of trouble to come.  The land in Norway where the family are building there house sounds idyllic, its by a river that flows in to a nearby fjord, its surrounded by thick forests and there is nobody for miles around.  It should be peaceful, the perfect retreat from the city but it turns out to be the complete opposite of that, the land is full of whispers and creeping shadows, unexplained occurrences and things out of the corner of your eye.  Very quickly Lexi realises that her new life maybe a lot worse than her old.

From the beautiful cover to the very last page, The Nesting sucked me in.  I think the setting really hit the nail on the head, I’m a sucker for books set in Scandinavia and the Norwegian setting was perfect, atmospheric and wonderfully creepy.  It wasn’t as scary as I would have hoped but it had its moments.  

A perfect Autumnal read.

Thanks to Net Galley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.







10 comments

  1. I have a NetGalley copy of this but just haven't had time to read it. It sounds very creepy and atmospheric!

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  2. Lovely cover and I agree the setting is appealing.

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  3. Sounds atmospheric and spooky! I hope there's a good ending. Must check this one out!

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  4. It's the setting that makes me want to read this one. :)

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  5. I can feel the chill just looking at the cover! Or that could jkust be that I came back in from putting stuff in the bin outside...brr!

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    1. It’s freaking cold! I need to get my kids trained to take the bins in!

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