The Nesting by C. J. Cooke @CJessCooke #audiobook #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Nesting by C. J. Cooke. With thanks to the publisher for my audiobook copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Atmospheric, gothic, spine-chilling… The new thriller from C.J Cooke will haunt you long after you turn the last page… It was like something out of a fairytale… The grieving widower. The motherless daughters. A beautiful house in the woods.

Deep in a remote Norwegian forest, Lexi has found a new home with architect Tom and his two young daughters. With snow underfoot and the sound of the nearby fjord in her ears, it’s as if Lexi has stepped into a fairy tale

But this family has a history – and this place has a past. Something was destroyed to build their beautiful new house. And those ancient, whispering woods have a long memory.

Lexi begins to hear things, see things that don’t make sense. She used to think this place heavenly, but in the dark, dark woods, a menacing presence lurks.

With darkness creeping in from the outside, Lexi knows she needs to protect the children in her care.

But protect them from what?

MY REVIEW

It’s safe to say that I seem to have been drawn to audiobooks more this year than I ever have been before. As soon as I saw the description for The Nesting I was pretty sure that it would work extremely well as an audiobook. I really couldn’t wait to listen! So what did I think…

The Nesting follows Lexi as she begins her new job in Norway as nanny to two little girls, Gaia and Coco. However things aren’t quite right in this new life she has started. There is such a wonderful eerie atmosphere throughout this book. The kind that wrapped me up and refused to let go. The narrator, Aysha Kala did an amazing job of pulling me completely into this story and the characters lives. Even from that first introduction to Lexi. I couldn’t help but root for this complicated character, flaws and all. In fact I loved all the shades of darkness that surrounded these characters. As past events still ripple outwards, continuing to cause trouble and weigh down heavy on them.

The story itself moves at a good pace with a slow burn quality that worked so well. The reader is shown two timelines, then and now. Events from both of these timelines increase the tension and deepen an even stronger mystery. Along with the addition of dark folklore dotted throughout that was guaranteed to make me love this book even more. Every element of this story combined to create something very special. From the setting itself which reinforces the folklore/fairy tale aspect. Right through to the creepy, dark moments that were waiting, hiding in the corner ready to catch me out.

The Nesting was from the very beginning a special kind of story for me. It had a magical charm that captured my imagination along with a paranormal element that was woven in perfectly. I have to admit even when I wasn’t listening to this book I was thinking about the characters and wondering what would happen to them. At times I found myself smiling away at certain things the characters said or did. Both these lighter and darker moments show how well C. J. Cooke crafted her story into something extremely engaging for the reader. It was so very easy to feel involved in the mystery along with being eager to discover the truth.

Even though I have the audiobook I’m going to buy a hardback copy of this fabulous book. That way I can re read it and experience the story once more but maybe in a different way to how I did while listening to the audiobook. The other reason of course is that it will look stunning on my bookshelf!

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