Saturday 24 October 2020

The Nesting - C.J. Cooke || Blog Tour


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?

I was gifted my copy for the blog tour.
A brilliant creepy gothic esque read steeped in folklore and horror mixed with the feelings of a modern day thriller. Lexi needs to escape from her life right now, she needs a break and then a chance encounter on a train sees her applying for a job as a Nanny in Norway. When she is given the job, the relief that this is break she needs is overwhelming but joy soon turns to something else as she starts to feel isolated leaving in a creeky house in the woods.

Sensing not all is at seems, strange and eerie things start to happen, the woods begin to feel oppressive and the little girl she is looking after starts to tell her all the the thing she sees and spends most nights waking up in terror. The fairytale soon turns dark.

I simply adored this book, i devoured it whilst wrapped up cosy, the book was creepy, thrilling and so much more. It was disturbing and gave a glimpse into the folklore of Norway, something i knew very little about but found so interesting how it was interwoven into the narrative of the book and how cleverly it was also done.

I was so gripped whilst i tried to work out what happened, what was happening and where it would lead. I found that what was created was a world that was realistic, dark and heavy. The characters impacted by the world around them and their behaviours unexplainable. I haven't read anything like this before, and its a book that will linger long after you finish it.

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. 

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