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The Rook
Daniel O'Malley

Hachette Audio
March 1, 2012 / ASIN: B007FXV1PI
Paranormal Suspense / Audio book (Unabridged) / 17 hours and 51 minutes

Reviewed by Jo Rogers

Imagine the best spy thriller possible. Add paranormals to it and you'll have Daniel O'Malley's The Rook.

The story began when Mwiffany Thomas woke up in a park in a residential area of London, England. It was raining and she was soaked from lying on the ground in the chilly rain. She got up and looked around her. Several dead bodies, all dressed in purple and wearing latex gloves, laid on the ground around her. There was a street lamp close, so she could search her pockets to to try to find something that would tell her who she was and what had happened to her.

Mwiffany found a letter she had written to herself. The letter told her she wasn't Mwiffany Alice Thomas, but she was now in her body. She was in a lot of danger. Someone wanted her dead and would stop at nothing to accomplish that. Just because she was not Mwiffany Thomas, didn't mean she would be safe. She had to get to a hotel and out of sight. She had cash and credit cards for all this and would get more after she got some rest. She could continue life as Mwiffany Thomas or disappear and start a new life. She had plenty of money either way.

The first sentence grabbed my attention and I was hooked. I didn't want to put it down. So deep was my connection that I dozed off while listening, but when I went to replay what I slept through, I found I had heard every word, even in my sleep.

Needless to say, the characters are far from normal humans, but you can believe they are real in spite of those abnormalities. The plot is full of bizarre twists. So listen to The Rook and enjoy!

Reviewer's Note: Contains graphic violence, profanity
Reviewed 2012