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THE ROOK BOOK
Reviewed by
Peter Bourke
on
The Rook Book Review. O'Malley should be commended as a writer because this was one book that I could not put down.
Rating:
3.75
THE ROOK
Daniel O'Malley
 
 

Review Information

Reviewer: Peter Bourke
Review Date: Feb 2012

Book Information

Publisher: Harper Collins
RRP: TBA

7.5

out of 10

 

 

THE ROOK is Australian Daniel O'Malley's first published novel but after finishing this book, you would think it was his tenth due to how well the story flowed. The problem with reviewing The Rook is that I have to be careful in not spoiling the story of the main character Myfanwy Thomas who works for a powerful Clandestine secret organisation called Checquy that are basically the puppets of the "free world". Another problem for those in this organisation is that once you join... you're in it for life and only three people managed to leave the organisation in the last two hundred years but somehow still ended up dead.

The best way to describe The Rook is James Bond meets the supernatural which creates a very realistic story based in modern London yet adds a healthy amount of curve balls with its supernatural and secret agent themes. Just like the Bourne Identity where the main character "lost" his identify, Myfanwy is in a similar situation which creates a modern mystery. 

The book starts with a bang where Myfanwy awakes in park and discovers that all the dead bodies around her are wearing gloves. With no recollection of what happened or who is she is, she discovers a letter from herself that helps put her jigsaw pieces of a life together again. These letters to herself reminds me of the film Total Recall which had a similar premise and works quite well in giving a historical account of Myfanwy's previous life.

In essence, The Rook has two main characters as O'Malley litters the novel with notes from Myfanwy to herself throughout the book. This serves to inform the reader of what came before and questions you in thinking that Myfanwy is actually setting herself up and using herself... maybe. Early on in the novel, Myfanwy is given a choice from herself to either flee the country, change her identity and live a "normal" life or investigate who wants her dead in Checquy. Myfanwy chooses the later.

With action, high drama and a touch of comedy laced throughout the book, The Rook will leave you questioning the sincerity of the letters from Myfanwy to herself that definitely rattles our heroine to core at the times. Even though the Checquy are a relatively noble organisation, the conspiracy that Myfanwy has discovered is rotten to their core.

Final Chapter

O'Malley should be commended as a writer because this was one book that I could not put down. However one word of note, the novel does start a little slow but once it finds it feet, you'll be joining the confused heroine Myfanwy Thomas on this rollercoaster self-discovery as she attempts to uncover the mystery and even finds out that vampires may exist!






 
 



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