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The Nesting

book | Fiction | Sep 2020
UK → HarperCollins (Ed. Kim Young)
US → Penguin Random House (Ed. Danielle Perez)

A house stands alone in the woods.

Deep in the forests of Norway, Lexi finds a fresh start with Tom and his two young daughters, working as their new nanny. 

The darkness creeps closer.

But Lexi is telling lies, and she’s not the only one. This family has a history – and this place has a past. Something was destroyed to build this house, and in the dark, dark woods, a menacing presence lurks.

Lexi must protect the children in her care – but protect them from what?


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For readers looking for a high creep factor, THE NESTING delivers...A captivating bedside thriller for chilly autumn nights.

The Chicago Review of Books

The Nesting is an intriguing mix of gothic drama and domestic noir, with some lovely writing.

Sophie Draper, author of Cuckoo

[I]t was a fast, immersive read [...] it's a really compelling read for fans of both domestic thrillers and horror.


The Nordic landscape alone would make this a book worth reading, but the gothic and folktale elements seal the deal [...] If you enjoy gothic stories, then definitely check this one out.

Portland Book Review

Gothic and suspenseful.

Woman & Home

A truly hair-raising, atmospheric novel… The author beautifully conveys the mystique of the atmospheric Norwegian hinterlands, which are the perfect setting for this dark story… A genuinely unsettling thriller with a clever storyline that provides plenty of spine-chilling moments

Book of the Week, Dundee Courier

An atmospheric thriller...

New York Post

A taut, scary thriller that winds the suspense so tightly you can barely breathe. I was rooting for the heroine all the way to the terrifying conclusion. This one will definitely keep you up at night.

Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel

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, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It

[Y]ou NEED this book!’

One More Word

Norwegian Fjords and folktales are beautifully evoked in this vivid and compelling novel.

Rosamund Lupton, Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of Sister

A thrilling blend of lore and suspense, The Nesting is a gripping, deliciously tense
page-turner that will give you chills.

Rachel Harrison, author of The Return

The Nesting is a razor-sharp, garrote tight thriller that will leave readers chilled


[A] nail-biting, Gothic suspense novel

OK! Magazine

The story is peppered with well researched folklore and startling tenderness

Daily Mail

A wonderful dark nordic tale, filled with twists and turns.


This one has all of the elements of the perfect thriller for spooky season.

Good Housekeeping

Nordic folklore, snowy landscapes, and an ever-turning screw of tension – a fun, gothic treat.

Kirsty Logan, author of The Gloaming

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, author of Wintering

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
New York Times

The Nesting is at once a taut psychological thriller, an eerie Nordic fable, and a thoughtful meditation on stewardship––not only of children, but of friendship, of truth, and of the natural world we take for granted at our peril. Ms. Cooke tells her story with a spare, elegant prose that betrays a poet’s ear, and also a poet’s discipline. The language is beautiful, but effortlessly so, pushing the story forward in two deftly handled timelines. The characters are heart-breakingly three-dimensional, yet tell us only what we need to know when we need to know it. This is my favorite kind of book––a quick read with a long echo​.

Christopher Buehlman, author of Between Two Fires

A dark but gripping read

Bella Magazine

A darkly magical gothic thriller.

Sunday Mirror

[A] haunting thriller laced with dark Nordic fairytales, as a family's dream home in the forest is menaced by something unseen.

Waitrose Weekend

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