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Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley is a fitting book for me to read, as it is part detective story, part supernatural and as a cherry on top it all takes Place in Britain. Daniel O'Malley is an Australian author, whose debut novel The Rook is. It follows the story of a young lady, who in the very beginning of the book stands alone in a rainy park, surrounded by corpses and who has no idea of who she is. She discovers eventually that she used to be called Myfawny Thomas and used to be an agent in a secret organization overseeing the supernatural events occuring all over Britain. Her first tasks include finding out who exactly is responsible for her memory loss, as letters from her predecessor reveal that there is a traitor in their organization. Getting to know Myfawny Thomas' life and works through her body who is trying to conceal the fact that she has every lost her memory while tackling the many duties of a Rook is an enjoyable read, with some fast-paced action, glimpses into the life of the former Thomas and detailed detective work as the new Myfanwy tries to uncover the plotters without being discovered herself. Add some supernatural talents for each of our main cast, and the table is set for a really addictive narration all the way through.

Soon enough Myfawny gets swept up into the life of her predecessor and to her surprise, finds herself to be rather enjoying it, too. Suspecting everyone you meet of betrayal while at the same time trying to do your job (not to mention trying to find out exactly what your job is) is conveyed well in the course of the main character's inner monologue. The details of the Chequy's organisation, enrollment and education are sprinkled throughout the novel, so the reader is not forced to go through a sudden dump of information and expected to swallow it all up immediately. More likely, the information becomes available just when you need it.

Without spoiling too much of the plot, I heartily recommend this book for everyone who likes the bizarre, the mystery and Belgium.

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