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C.J. Cooke - Author

About the Author

C.J. Cooke is an acclaimed, award-winning poet, novelist and academic with numerous other publications written under the name of Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Her work has been published in twenty-three languages to date. Born in Belfast, C.J. has a PhD in Literature from Queen's University, Belfast, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she researches creative writing interventions for mental health. C.J. Cooke lives in Glasgow with her husband and four children.

Featured books by C.J. Cooke

The Nesting

The Nesting

Author: C.J. Cooke Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2021

'Vivid and compelling' Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Three Hours It was like something out of a fairytale... The grieving widower. The motherless daughters. A beautiful house in the woods. 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? Atmospheric, gothic, spine-chilling... The new thriller from C.J Cooke will haunt you long after you turn the last page... 'A gorgeous, atmospheric book that chilled me to the bone' Sunday Times bestselling author Samantha Downing ''A dark but gripping read' Bella 'So eerie I wanted to sleep with the light on' Prima 'gothic and suspenseful' Woman and Home 'Atmospheric' New York Post, Best Books to Read

Other books by C.J. Cooke

The Lighthouse Witches

The Lighthouse Witches

Author: C.J. Cooke Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2021

Don't miss the brand-new chilling thriller from the bestselling author... High upon the cliffs of a remote Scottish island, there is a lighthouse that has weathered storms for centuries. Liv Stay has fled to the island, Lon Haven, with her three daughters - Saffy, Luna and Clover - to escape truths she'd rather not face. Lon Haven was meant to be safe. But soon strange things start to happen. Haunting noises in the dead of night, animal skeletons left on Liv's doorstep and strangest of all, unknown children at the lighthouse, who disappear without a trace. The villagers say it's the work of witches. They say that the children are dark omens, sent to destroy them. Liv doesn't know what to believe. But within months, nine-year-old Luna will the only one of the family left. Twenty years after that dark year on Lon Haven, Luna is still haunted by questions - what happened to her sisters, to her mother? To find out, she must return to the lighthouse on Lon Haven, the one place she promised she would never revisit...

The Nesting

The Nesting

Author: C.J. Cooke Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Discover the most deliciously chilling and foreboding contemporary Norwegian folklore-filled tale. When Lexi joins an English family in Norway as their nanny, she discovers the past holds worrying secrets, and an alarming presence haunts the here and now. The prologue beautifully set the tone and it stayed with me as I continued to read. As Lexi narrated her own tale I experienced glimpses of the world in-between. An essence of ancient sits on the edge of awareness and slips into thoughts, into dreams. The descriptions of the wilderness set me down on the forested floor and a wire noose of tension began to close. The Nesting is fabulously modern, yet overflowing with suspense and gothic atmosphere. It is a book to savour and I have fallen in love with this tale, not only is it a Liz Pick of the Month, it also slips into our LoveReading Star Books too.

The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Author: C.J. Cooke Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2019

ONE DIED. WHO LIED? A horrific car crash in Belize has devastated Helen Pengilly's family, leaving her daughter in a coma and her husband Michael missing. Alone and terrified, Helen's memory is dragged back to that day 22 years ago. To protect their family, Helen and Michael both said they would forget what happened. But now it seems that there is someone who will stop at nothing to make them remember... Who is playing the blame game? What readers are saying about The Blame Game: 'addictive and powerful' 'A cleverly crafted thriller with a unique story' 'a great read' 'A heart-wrenching story of grief, guilt and family, and the extreme lengths you'll go to save those you love' 'This is a book all psychological thriller lovers should read... addictive' 'A fantastic, edge of the seat family expedition turning into a gripping read' 'A real page-turner' PRAISE FOR C.J. COOKE: 'Grip-lit at its best' ELLE 'Stunning' C.L. TAYLOR 'Will keep you guessing the whole way through!' C.J. TUDOR

I Know My Name

I Know My Name

Author: C.J. Cooke Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2017

...But what if that's the only thing you can remember? Kommeno Island, Greece: I don't know where I am, who I am. Help me. A woman is washed up on a remote Greek island with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. Potter's Lane, Twickenham, London: Eloise Shelley is officially missing. Lochlan's wife has vanished into thin air, leaving their toddler and twelve-week-old baby alone. Her money, car and passport are all in the house, with no signs of foul play. Every clue the police turn up means someone has told a lie... Does a husband ever truly know his wife? Or a wife know her husband? Why is Eloise missing? Why did she forget? The truth is found in these pages...

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