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The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
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Jul 26, 12

Read in January, 2012

You may think my review is biased because the author happens to be a friend of mine, but regardless of that fact, this novel is amazing! This novel is about a woman who opens her eyes to find herself in a park surrounded by dead bodies and no memory of who she is or how she got there. Through a series of letters her "former self" left for herself, she must learn who she is, who took her memory, and who is out to destroy her. Who she is just happens to be a high ranking official of the Chequay, a British organization that deals with supernatural occurrences. It is so much fun reading how Myfanwy (yes that is her name) figures out how to re-enter her life without anyone noticing she lost her memory. And the way Dan handles the chapters is brilliant. He alternates between the present, and the letters Myfanwy left herself which fill us and her in on her past. His unique, and witty sense of humor fills the pages and you can't help but fall in love with this world he has created and the heroine we follow. It's a great novel by a first-time author. Check it out!
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Kerrey Being the author is a friend of yours, you should find out when we can expect to see more from him. I loved this book after i got past the first few confusing pages (and toward the middle i began to understand the possible reasons for the cofusion at the start). Its the best one I have read in AGES, and i check often to see if i can find more from mr o'malley. Kudos!


David I know he's planning a follow up as well as working on a different novel, I just don't know when either might be finished. He's from Australia and I live in Toronto so we mainly keep in touch over email. Next time I write him I'll ask for an update. I can't wait for more, and I've been waiting years already since I was lucky enough to read an early manuscript.


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