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Monday, September 28, 2020

Review: The Nesting by C.J. Cooke

The Nesting 
by C.J. Cooke

Thank you Berkley and NetGalley for this copy.

Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: September 29, 2020
Kindle Edition
416 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Gothic, Nordic Crime

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?

My Review:

In need of a gothic thriller mixed with Nordic folklore? Look no further - you NEED this book!  When I read the prologue, I was expecting a completely different story from the one I got.  If you read a ton of thrillers like I do, you may think the prologue is familiar to what you have read before but fret you not - this is such a unique and suspenseful read.  And the prologue comes full circle towards the end of the book and I love how everything intertwined.

Lexi truly grew on me as a character and Cooke really makes her shine.  At first I had to side eye her and figure out what was going on in that head of hers.  I was also equally fascinated by her and truly enjoyed watching her growth.  And c'mon with Gaia.... LOVE THIS LITTLE GIRL SO HARD.  Honestly, all these characters had such depth!  I kinda really want more.  Can we see Gaia and Coco grow up?!

I think one of my favorite things, however, is the Nordic folklore we get to learn about.  I really would love to get my hands on Nordic folklore stories now! I don't know how Cooke managed to thoroughly bring everything together so seamlessly but I'm glad that she did.

You'll definitely have to suspend a little bit of reality for certain parts but I almost never have an issue with that.  It IS fiction after all.  And personally, the overall story outshines any nit picky things I could point out.  This one hooked me right away, did lull a little bit in teeny tiny places, and then crescendos to a satisfying ending.  Enjoy, readers.


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