The Nesting

The Nesting

Book - 2020
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"Architect Tom Faraday is determined to finish the high-concept, environmentally friendly home he's building in Norway - in the same place where he lost his wife, Aurelia, to suicide. It was their dream house, and he wants to honor her with it. Lexi Ellis takes a job as his nanny and immediately falls in love with his two young daughters, especially Gaia. But something feels off in the isolated house nestled in the forest along the fjord. Lexi sees mysterious muddy footprints inside the home. Aurelia's diary appears in Lexi's room one day. And Gaia keeps telling her about seeing the terrifying Sad Lady... Soon Lexi suspects that Aurelia didn't kill herself and that they are all in danger from something far more sinister lurking around them."--Publisher description.
Topical Term: Widowers
Single fathers
Horror tales
Suspense fiction
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2020
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780593197660
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 22, 2020

Mesmerizing. Norway is an undeniable force in this ethereal suspense tale. As with Ruth Ware's "The Turn of the Key," there is a hastily accepted nanny position for active little girls in a far-flung location and there is a house with a creepy vibe. Although I would heartily recommend this title to Ruth Ware fans, I will also make it very clear that this new title from C.J. Cooke excels on its own merits. The creep factor is a bit more dialed up than I prefer, but the arc of the narrative contains and at the same time utilizes the supernatural in a superb manner. Open up this new release and transport yourself to the fjords of Norway.

Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

Sep 18, 2020

I was initially drawn to this novel because of the title. Mysterious. Dark. Scary. All of which this book was!

Lexi Ellis is in a horrible place in her life. She's at the end of a long term relationship, suicidal, and has no idea what to do or where to go. Broken and homeless she happens to overhear two women talking about a prestigious nanny position that has become available. It is in that moment she decides to steal one of the woman's identity and apply for the job.

This nanny position would solve all her current problems. Nannying for a wealthy family in Norway would allow her to start life anew while also writing her novel. It sounds like an ideal situation for her, and she is excited when she gets the job as Sophie, the seasoned nanny.

Tom is a grieving widow and father of two very young girls. While building their dream home in Norway his wife, Aurelia, died under mysterious circumstances. With is business partner, Clive, he is determined to start new and continue to build the home in honor of his late wife.

Once Sophie (Lexi) arrives in Norway she realizes being a nanny isn't fun and games. The girls have a rigorous education schedule she must adhere to and she knows nothing about children or teaching.

Then there are the weird occurrences that start to happen around the remote property. What really happened to Aurelia? Will Sophie be next to die? Through alternating storylines we get a look into the past through Aurelia's eyes and the present through Sophie's eyes.

This book is perfect for fall. Curl up with some tea and a cozy blanket and dive into this dark, gothic and chilling novel that has some Norwegian folklore woven into it. It's a 5 star read!

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me the eARC to read give my honest review.

"The Nesting" by C.J. Cooke is set to be released September 29, 2020 here in the U.S. so preorder now!

Happy Reading!


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