I picked this up rather randomly off the shelf at the library. This was first published in 1953. What a great suspense story! I thoroughly enjoyed theI picked this up rather randomly off the shelf at the library. This was first published in 1953. What a great suspense story! I thoroughly enjoyed the way the first person narrator spoke and how he was able to mete out the clues and bits of information in such a way that made it really difficult to put down the book. The ending was brilliant--exactly as it should have been.
My favorite line of the whole book has to be at the crux of the story. It's absolutely magic in what it does to your breath as you realize what is about to be said. I think that as he put his arms around [his wife] and told her that she was wrong, and that he did love her, there was already stirring within his mind, very faintly, and in an undefined form, the feeling that he might have to kill her.
After this, my second favorite line would definitely be the last. But I won't give it away. wink.gif
I saw that this was supposed to have been made into a movie (or will be soon). The story is definitely well-suited for the screen, but I'm not sure I would like it because of how it ends. Somehow, in a book, it works, but on screen...I think it might lose some of the charm of seeing the story unfold through Peter Harding's eyes.
I'd highly recommend the book to any fans of suspense however. It's well-written and superbly crafted....more
The Rook is a masterful unfolding of a supernatural mystery that continued to keep me on the edge of my seat from page 1 until the end. Very unique chThe Rook is a masterful unfolding of a supernatural mystery that continued to keep me on the edge of my seat from page 1 until the end. Very unique characters, settings, and circumstances are woven within compelling twists and unexpected surprises, all wrapped in a delightfully real narrative voice.
My only complaint is a minor one, and that is the profuse use of the f-word. Though to the author's credit, the profanity is not used too frivolously or unnecessarily. It only comes across when a character is angry, frustrated, or annoyed, which is much more acceptable than when it is used for casual conversation.
I'm not usually a fan of female main characters, but Rook Thomas comes across as a multi-layered lead who is neither all good nor all bad, which breaks typical conventions for fictional females. She makes mistakes, some of which she regrets and others which she embraces. She also makes good choices, some of which turn on her and others which work out for the best. Overall, she is simply real and well balanced. She is both strong and vulnerable. She has her weaknesses and things that make her nauseated, yet she is starkly aware of her strengths and potential for power. I absolutely adore her character arc throughout the story.
For a debut novel, The Rook is quite impressive. I couldn't stop reading and mused upon the story when I wasn't immersed in the world. It is one of the rare books that I will likely re-read someday soon. Very excited to see that a sequel is slated for 2015!...more