The Rook

The Rook

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A quick-witted, genre-bending, and wildly imaginative thriller about the secret organization keeping England--and the world--safe from supernatural threats (one staff meeting at a time).
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, [2012]
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780316098809
Branch Call Number: FIC OMALL D


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Jul 07, 2018

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So reads the letter Myfanwy Thomas discovers in her pocket when she wakes up surrounded by a circle of dead bodies wearing latex gloves.
From the first line, this book drew me in with its intriguing premise (Myfanwy works at the British equivalent of the CIA - but for magic!) and snarky heroine. It reads a bit like Harry Potter for adults, if Harry was a mid-level bureaucrat who periodically had to deal with issues like a house full of man-eating purple fungus in Bath.

katbee Jul 06, 2018

This is an awesome mystery adventure story. It made me think of Nightvale because of all the crazy random things happening. I can't wait to read the next one. The narrator for the audiobook is amazing.

Jun 21, 2018

One of the most unique stories I've ever read, O'Malley has written a wildly entertaining tale of the paranormal. Myfawny Thomas' journey from timid amnesiac to powerful Rook is filled with suspense and a very colorful cast of supporting characters. From a being who controls 3 bodies simultaneously with one brain to a man who can contort his body into almost any shape, this book offers both humor and suspense to go along with an engaging story

Jun 20, 2018

This was just a super fun read! The characters are colorful (think of Myfanwy's journal as a character itself!), and the book doesn't take itself too seriously. It's funny (actually funny!), a bit ridiculous, and this might not seem to make sense, but it comes together so well. It's a little supernatural, weird spy thriller, part comedy. I really enjoyed reading this, and look forward to more from this author!

JCLMaryanaK Jun 05, 2018

'The Bourne Identity' meets 'X-Men'

Apr 22, 2018

Far out and imaginative. A real magical treat to read.

Mar 20, 2018

Most excellent book! Could not put it down and once I was finished with it I just had to read Stiletto.

CMLReads_Kristin Jun 20, 2017

This will appeal to fans of Dr. Who and/or Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next titles. Fast paced, funny, supernatural, and British!

Feb 26, 2017

I wasn't able to finish the book. I only made it to 200 pages and so. The setting is interesting with this mysterious superpower cope agency. That the main character had amenasia but still able to follow back to her "normal" life is quite fascinating. My problem with the book is that the story is way too slow with loads of unnessisary details packed in the lines. The letters olk myfanny wrote to the new one was long and tedious, which also seems really unrealistic to me. The story was also full of quite wierd mental activity of Myfanny. The character was constantly comparing herself with other person for the appearance. Overall, I like the idea of the story but the type of writing is not my cup of tea.

Nov 21, 2016

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this since I generally like hard SF much better than fantasy but the way this book uses the main character's total amnesia is so amazingly original, funny and at times heartbreaking meant that the occasionally over the top fantastical parts never bothered me.

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