“Rook Thomas, you look different somehow."
"Well, I recently got the shit kicked out of me," she said.
"Ah, that would be it then.”
Seriously though, this is a great book. And a debut, nonetheless!
Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas wakes up in the middle of the street, surrounded by dead bodies, all of which are wearing latex gloves. But the person looking out from behind Myfanwy's eyes has no memory of being Myfanwy Thomas.
Confused, beaten, and with only a letter in her coat pocket to guide her, Myfanwy sets out to discover what has happened to her & who it is that apparently wants her dead.
The Rook is a paranormal tale that somehow pulls off a sophisticated narrative while remaining relentlessly hilarious.
“Checquy statistics indicate that 15 percent of all men in hats are concealing horns.”
One of my favorite aspects of this novel is how cleverly written all of the individual puzzle pieces are.
Now, I have a tendency to turn my nose up at the prospect of paranormal fantasy. I'm not sure why, but as I've gotten older, werewolves & vampires & ghosts have fallen a couple levels on the Interest Totem Pole™.
However, I don't like to write off any genre specifically because I know there are hidden gems everywhere. Well, this is one of those hidden gems for me.
This story gives you a quick-witted heroine with a fiery determination in the form of Myfanwy Thomas. The format of the book alternates between the present plot & letters that explain the history of the Checquy organization & all of its current functions as a sort of paranormal police force.
My only real complaint about this book is that I found the chapters comprised of letters were a bit detrimental to my engagement with the present plot line.
The letter format itself was brilliant, but I think the organization of the chapters are where things came a big unglued for me.
Sometimes the story would cut away in the middle of the action to tell the history of a particular character, only to drop you back into the thick of the conflict. It consistently took me a moment to readjust every time the switch occurred. I was like:
"Oh, okay now we're back to fighting (insert paranormal creature)... What was happening again? Oh yea now I remember!"
Overall though, a super fun ride with lots of fun paranormal elements, skillful writing, and a spectacular brand of humor that blended the story together beautifully. I've been looking forward to reading this book for ages now, & I'm so happy I can tell you it did not disappoint!