Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

The Nesting by C.J. Cooke – ARC Review



My Rating ~ Four Stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE:  14 October 2021

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 416

Publisher: Harper Collins





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.




Thank you so much to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

Lexi’s life is falling apart when she happens to overhear a job opportunity to be a nanny to 2 little girls in Norway. She has no experience in this area, but the stranger she overhead talking about it does. When she realizes the stranger isn’t going to apply for the job, she steals her resume and application and takes on her identity. 

Upon arriving in Norway, Lexi is awed by the house the father of the girls is building, but soon starts to notice a strange and terrifying woman figure around the house. The children are still reeling from the death by Suicide of their mother months before and things don’t seem as straight forward as she was led to believe. 

The Nesting was a meandering, creepy story. While the story moved at a fairly slow pace, the creep factor kept it going. I’m totally going to have nightmares about the Sad Lady. I absolutely love stories set in cold places, I’m fascinated by them and this one did a great job of building the right atmosphere.  Giant elks, rivers that hide folklore monsters and nature that may hold a grudge. My husband now has no hope of ever cutting down another tree on our property. Just in case 😅

The mystery in this one, although interesting, took a back seat to the horror aspect for me. I wasn’t quite as invested in how and why Aurelia died as I was with who or what the Sad Lady was and whether the Nordic folktales were coming true.


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