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CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #46: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

Thanks to everyone who recommended this book.  It was fantastic.  I read it like a crack head needing their next fix.  I devoured all 400+ pages in about 5 days.

One rainy afternoon Myfanwy Thomas wakes up in a park and she is surrounded by dead bodies.  She doesn’t know how she got there, or even who she is.  She finds a note in the coat she is wearing, telling her what her name is, and that she has the choice to go and live under an alias, knowing she will never find out who erased her memory, or to continue to live as Myfanwy Thomas and find out who did this to her.  Luckily for us, she picks option two.

It turns out that Myfanwy works for a branch of the British Government that is in charge of the supernatural, and more importantly, keeping the general public unaware that the supernatural exists.  Also, most of the employees have supernatural abilities.  Myfanwy can manipulate other people’s nervous systems.  Basically, she can kill someone with her mind!  The old Myfanwy had to directly touch people to do it, but she was also a bit of a wuss.  The new Myfanwy is a total bad-ass.  Even better, she’s a smart-ass.

This is a great sci-fi detective story, with tons of interesting characters.  Of course there is room for a sequel, but I would definitely read it.  This is the book that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children desperately wants to be.

5/5 Stars.

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3 thoughts on “CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #46: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

  1. Okay, yes yes on that last thing. I read Miss Peregrine’s and was mostly bored. It was trying SO HARD and did not succeed.

  2. With so many positive reviews for this book, I really will have to read it before the end of the year. I suspect I should wait until after my exam on Monday, though, I really don’t need more things taking my mind off my revision reading.

  3. I’m going to make myself unpopular by saying that this book was a huge disappointment. The opening pages establish a fantastic premise – Myfanwy has amnesia, somebody is trying to kill her, oh and she’s part of an underground agency that battles fantastic creatures. The she seemingly forgets all about the plot to kill her and is wrapped up in lame meetings, sex in the city-ish martini dates with a long lost sister, and endless and unnecessary flashbacks (she’s reading a novel which apparently her waifish past-self wrote to her). So much potential but a big swing and a miss in my opinion.

    Just finished The Raven Boys which starts with an equally strong premise, which it then delivers on.

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