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The Nesting

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

It was like something out of a fairytale...

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?


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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

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

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

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

Sophie Draper, author of Cuckoo

Gothic and suspenseful.

Woman & Home

An atmospheric thriller...

New York Post

[Y]ou NEED this book!’

One More Word

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

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

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 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

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


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

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