The Rook by Daniel O’Malley {52 Books in a Year}

My goal is to read 52 books in 2012.  Good or bad, as I read, I will be reviewing the books here.  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me about your favorite books!

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
(Book overview found on

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.

My thoughts…

The RookThe Rook by Daniel O’Malley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me and toted as part Harry Potter, part Ghost Busters, part Men in Black and part Bourne Identity. It sounded like just the type of book I would love. I was wrong. I wanted to love it, I really did, but in the end I just couldn’t.

The story started strong and then just went downhill from there. There were countless characters with strange names and nothing about them that was memorable. I found myself constantly having to search back through the book thinking, “now who was this person?”

It felt as if the author started with a great story and then rushed to make some publishers deadline. I lost interest at page 50. I held on though. I kept HOPING it would get better and I really wanted to know how it all turned out.

When I finally finished I was disappointed. There are SO many ways it could have ended that would have been exciting but O’Malley chose the one way that really wasn’t.

Perhaps you will like this book. I just didn’t.

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