The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley. Highly recommended!
Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything. Maybe it’s the summer, maybe I’m just lazy, I don’t know. Either way, it’s time to exercise the keyboard for creative pursuits again.
This post is about a book called “The Rook,” by Daniel O’Malley. It’s an urban fantasy (a genre that I’ve never sought out, besides Harry Potter, which I’m not sure counts) set pretty much in modern-day England. A family member got it for me on Kindle, and I’m really glad they did. This was an awesome book, and if the author writes more in this world I will definitely read it.
The book follows the story of a woman in her thirties who wakes up in a park in the rain. She has no idea who she is, or where she is, but she’s surrounded by a pile of bodies wearing latex gloves. So, ick, right? Searching for clues for who she might be, she looks through her pockets. In one of her coat pockets, she finds a letter addressed “To You.” Reading it, the letter explains pretty much exactly the situation she finds herself in, and tells her that she’s been targeted by an unknown assassin. It also gives her instructions for getting to safety.
In a hotel (she was also told how to get money), she ditches her filthy and soaked clothes to the hotel laundry and cleans up. Looking in the mirror, she realizes why she got such funny looks while checking in – she’s got pretty much the worst black eyes (on both eyes!) that a person could have.
After resting, she sits down to another letter that explains to her that the body she’s in used to belong to a woman named Myfanwy Thomas, and it gives her a choice. She can leave the past of whoever Myfanwy is behind and adopt a new and completely anonymous life (the identity of which was completely prepared by the former Myfanwy prior to whatever happened), or she can step into Myfanwy’s former life, and try to figure out who was out to get her.
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