Book Review: The Rook

The Rook is author Daniel O’Malley’s debut novel. I found it as I have found many other great novels. By simply walking through the aisles of my library and picking up books that happen to grab my attention. The monochromatic cover art was initially what caught my eye but after reading the back of the book I was intrigued and decided to give it a try.
At the beginning of the novel you are introduced to a woman who wakes up surrounded by dead, in the rain, who has recollection of who she is or how she came to be in the predicament that she is currently in. Struggling to grasp onto to something that will help illuminate her situation, she finds a note in the pocket of the coat that she is wearing.
The letter gives her directions on how to find her way to safety and she later discovers rookthat there are more notes left to her that explain who she is and how her memory was lost. As it turns out her memory was stolen; wiped from her mind after an attack on her life was made. Before this attack, she was Myfawny Thomas and she was a high ranking member of a secret British organization call the Chequy. This organization works to keep the supernatural world secret from the rest of society.
After discovering the dangerous occupation of the previous occupant of the body, she decides to step into life of Myfawny Thomas and unravel the mystery of who attacked her. This novel presents the introduction to a world that is full of mystery, action, betrayal, and depth. While reading I had many guesses about how the events would play out and I was proved wrong in the end.
O’Malley weaves a tail that is complex and intriguing. Even if supernatural thrillers aren’t your thing I would give this book a chance. Though the characters have wacky abilities, that is only a small part of the story. I really enjoyed this novel and I can’t wait to read the novels that this author has set in this world.

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