The Nesting by C. J. Cooke

 Release Date - September 29, 2020

Following a suicide attempt, Lexi Ellis isn't sure what to do next. Her relationship is over. She needs a place to stay, a job, and a new start. When she overhears a woman and her friend discussing a live-in nanny position in Norway, Lexi listens in. The woman doesn't want the job, so Lexi snaps a picture of the woman's CV and job inquiry and poses as that woman. She never expects to land the job, but that's exactly what happens.

Tom Faraday is an architect who is working on his late wife's dream cliffside home. She died tragically, but he can't let her dream end. He needs a nanny to help their daughters, and Lexi seems like the perfect fit. After all, Lexi finds herself enamored by the two young girls and a mother figure is exactly what the little girls need. 

It doesn't take long before Lexi realizes there is a serious problem. Young Gaia keeps seeing a "sad lady" haunting the home. Lexi finds muddy footprints inside the home. Even Tom acts weird when he tells her not to go into parts of the home. She starts to wonder if the girls' mom killed herself or if there's something far more dangerous going on.

Usually, The Nesting is exactly the kind of book I'd look forward to. It's a dark, creepy, Gothic-style thriller with a delightfully chilling setting. Yet, as much as I wanted to love it, I struggled to get into it. I liked Lexi's character. The girls were also appealing with their innocence and honesty. Yet, the story took longer than I needed for it to really get started. I grew tired and found it too easy to skim rather than read. 

It had a tempting plot, but in the end, the descriptive nature and slow build did me in.


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