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The Nesting by C.J. Cooke

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Random Things Tours
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

The grieving widower. The motherless daughters. A beautiful house in the woods. And a nanny come to save the day….
So what if Lexi isn’t telling the truth about who she is? Escaping to the remote snows of Norway was her lifeline. And all she wanted was to be a part of their lives.
But soon, isolated in that cold, creaking house in the middle of ancient, whispering woods, Lexi’s fairytale starts to turn into a nightmare.
With darkness creeping in from the outside, Lexi’s fears are deepening. Lexi knows she needs to protect the children in her care.
But protect them from what?


My Thoughts

Nesting:

noun

the tendency to arrange one’s immediate surroundings, such as a work station, to create a place where one feels secure, comfortable, or in control

Atmospheric and hunting, this story will keep you awake for hours; teasing you and making you wonder how much of it is real. Like my mum always said: Nature is much more intelligent than humans…
I can’t start talking about this book without mentioning the beautiful cover, it’s beautiful but full of dark corners with hidden creatures in it, like this story, nothing ever is as beautiful as you think.
I really liked this story, the main character, Lexi/Sophie, is a troubled woman that needs a change in her life, so when an amazing offer is presented to her the only natural think she can do is accept… Never knowing that she will risk her life and sanity in it.
This story mixes fiction with Scandinavian folklore, making the reader doubt what part of the things that are happening are real or part of the nature’s action. But, be prepared to see the nature through other eyes from now on.
I’ll admit that the ending seems a little bit rushed, within the last chapters everything is solved letting the reader with a few questions that will never be answered. I would had wanted to know more about the family story or what happens with the book.
This is a book that once you start reading you can’t stop, is like the nature hidden on the plot absorbs you in their own world without you noticing it. I liked that the author tries to make the reader more aware of their surroundings and that damaging nature will always affect us, it doesn’t matter if it’s with a nøkk or another creature, what you give is what you get, don’t forget it.

“Mother Nature is our ruler, and that we had to be careful not to abuse our privileges.”


About The Author

C.J. Cooke is an acclaimed, award-winning poet, novelist and academic with numerous other publications under the name of Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Born in Belfast, she has a PhD in Literature from Queen’s University, Belfast, and is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she researches creative writing interventions for mental health.
She also founded the Stay-At-Home Festival.