The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1) by Daniel O’Malley 4 Stars

Wow, just wow – I came across this book by accident, while researching another book. The first sentence grabbed me immediately and from the moment I started I had a hard time putting it down.

Myfanwy Thomas works for a fantastical government agency that deals with (as well as employs) the paranormal entities/oddities and supernatural goings on in Great Britain.

Myfanwy has her own special powers, but has lost her memory – however she knew it was going to happen because several different psychics told her so. The new Myfanwy learns this through the countless letters and explanations she got from her former self. Once she learned she was going to be attacked by someone in her organization, and lose her memory as a result, she began to investigate.

In order to prepare for her amnesia she leaves letters to herself explaining what she knows about the organization, the research she has done and who could have possibly done such a thing and why. She can’t let on to her co-workers and superiors that she’s lost her memory until she finds out who the traitor is.

The new Myfanwy has to learn the ropes quickly and in doing so sets off a whole host of oddities and crazy happenings that are so fantastical you can’t believe what you’re reading.

The book reads like an extended episode of Dr. Who with ultra crazy characters who could easily be foes and/or allies of the great and mighty Doctor, except they aren’t aliens, they were all born and live on earth.

Granted it’s a horror show of great proportions (and I’m not a fan of straight up horror in any media type) but it’s told in such an absurd and bizarre way that you can’t help but laugh, all the while you cringe and go ewwww.

I’m not even sure how to categorize this one, since it moves through genres at a pretty quick pace. Paranormal, urban fantasy, thriller, mystery and comedy? That last one might be a stretch however there were some particularly funny moments where you couldn’t help but laugh out-loud.

The book is extremely long, over 500 pages, and probably could have ended a bit sooner than it did (which is why I gave it 4 stars). But as we get to know the new Myfanwy, (all the while you are learning about the old Myfanwy), you want to know what happened to her and why…

The imagination of O’Malley is vast, and the craziness in this book has far surpassed anything I’ve ever read. I look forward to reading the next one when it comes out in January 2016.

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