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The Nesting

by C.J. Cooke

Crime / Mystery Family Drama Modern and Contemporary Fiction Spine-Chilling Fiction Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Nesting

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.

Liz Robinson

The Nesting Synopsis

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

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?

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The Nesting Press Reviews

'Norwegian Fjords and folktales are beautifully evoked in this vivid and compelling novel' Rosamund Lupton

'The Nesting is a gorgeous, atmospheric book that chilled me to the bone. The perfect escape book into the deep woods of Norway, where nothing is as it seems. C.J. Cooke just became one of my favorite authors.' - Samantha Downing

'An original and haunting thriller, filled with secrets, ghosts, and Norse folk tales. The Nesting is an evocative and chilling tale that will keep you guessing, and is best read with the lights on' Alice Feeney

'It's been such a tonic - chilling, totally engrossing and full of intrigue. The pages just whizzed by while I ignored everyone! It's marvellous' Katherine May

'Nordic folklore, snowy landscapes, and an ever-turning screw of tension - a fun, gothic treat' Kirsty Logan

'gothic and suspenseful' Woman and Home

'This claustrophobic, cloying read with Gothic undertones was so eerie I wanted to sleep with the light on' Prima

'Atmospheric' New York Post, Best Books to Read

'A taut, scary thriller that winds the suspense so tightly you can barely breathe' Simone St. James

'The story is peppered with well-researched folklore and startling tenderness...a winner' The Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9780008341862
Publication date: 15/10/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008341862
Publication date: 15th October 2020
Author: C.J. Cooke
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Spine-Chilling Fiction, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 45 Novels With A Gothic Influence, Our Favourite Books of 2020, Spine-Chilling Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About C.J. Cooke

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.

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