Atmospheric, gothic, spine-chilling…


“Haunting… mysterious” – Entertainment Weekly 

“Jess-Cooke is one to watch” – Publisher’s Weekly 

“Intense, thrilling… this is grip-lit at its best” – ELLE magazine

CJ Cooke wrote her first book aged seven. A few decades later, her work is published in 23 languages, has won numerous awards, and has been optioned for film and television. She writes about motherhood, climate change, and trauma. Her fiction is often classed as gothic and/or psychological suspense, but she’s not really bothered about genre.

CJ’s previous works include the novels The Boy Who Could See Demons (2012), about a psychiatrist and her 10-year-old charge in post-Troubles Belfast, which was critically appraised by The New York Times, The Guardian, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and The New York Review of Books, The Guardian Angel’s Journal (2011), which was an international bestseller, and I Know My Name, which was a No. 1 iBooks bestseller and optioned for TV.

Her last book, The Nesting, was awarded funding from the Arts Council of England to carry out research in Norway. Her new novel, The Lighthouse Witches, was published by HarperCollins (UK & Commonwealth) on 30th Sept 2021 and Penguin Random House (US) on 5th October. Her third poetry collection, We Have To Leave The Earth, is out with Seren on 18th Oct 2021.