CJ Cooke: The Nesting

My review of The Nesting is written with thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book via Netgalley.


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?


I was drawn to The Nesting by the absolutely stunning cover, but this book offers so much more than that. It is wonderfully atmospheric and it is perfect to read as the dark nights are closing in.

The majority of the novel is set in Norway and i was immediately transported to the setting by the beautiful descriptions, particularly the surroundings of the Faraday’s unconventional house.

The plot of The Nesting has several different elements to it. It is difficult to explain in more detail without spoilers but  there is always a sense of tension as we read on to see which part of the story will unravel next. I did not expect the plot to go in the direction that it did and I really enjoyed all the twists and turns. There are also mythical and supernatural undertones to the plot which I found particularly interesting and they definitely gave the novel an extra layer.

The Nesting is the first book I have read by the author but I will definitely be looking out for more.

The Nesting is available from Amazon.

You can read a guest post by CJ Cooke, which I shared as part of the blog tour here.

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