AUDIOBOOK + BOOK REVIEW: The Nesting by C.J. Cooke @CJessCooke #TheNesting @BerkleyPub

Publisher: Berkley + Penguin Random House Audio

Release Date: September 29, 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction / Supernatural Suspense

Goodreads Blurb

The woods are creeping in on a nanny and two young girls in this chilling modern Gothic thriller.

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. 

My Thoughts

Give me all the gothic books!! I know we just pushed over into December but after hearing so many good things about The Nesting by C.J. Cooke I knew I had to read it. I felt so bad for our main character Lexi, and I don’t blame her for what she does in this book. Little does she know, the job of nannying is going to become so much more! I loved the creepy, claustrophobic vibes and that the book switches between three viewpoints. There is Lexi’s “now” POV, a “then” POV which is told from Aurelia’s viewpoint, and there are also Aurelia’s diary entries. This style kept me interested the entire time, but I especially loved once we got to the creepy, supernatural suspense parts.

The Nesting actually reminded me a lot of The Woman in the Mirror, and it definitely had similar vibes, so if you read one or the other, you might like them both! I thought this one was less creepy, but it was definitely still suspenseful and at times chilling. I listened to the audio and I loved Aysha Kala who is the narrator. This book is set in Norway, but our main character Lexi is from the UK, and even though Kala has an accent I could understand her perfectly and I felt like listening to the audio brought a lot to the story.

I don’t know if I was entirely satisfied with the end, but this was still a solid 4-star read for me. It is said to be horror, but I found it to be more supernatural suspense, and even that is pretty scarce. If you are looking for a creepier, gothic read The Nesting would be perfect, and I highly recommend the audio! I was reading slowly but once I switched to listening I flew through it.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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