The body you are wearing used to be mine. So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions in a series of letters her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of an MI5ish secret organisation called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain (who knew?). She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own. In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters such wacky folk as a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children with bizarre traits are transformed into Chequy operatives, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Daniel O'Malley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Dimensions: Width: 15.50cm , Height: 3.80cm , Length: 23.40cm
ISBN 10: 0732295394
Publication Date: 01 February 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
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Amelia writes: Myfanwy (pronounced Miff-un-ee, rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas wakes up in a London park, surrounded by bodies (all wearing latex gloves) with absolutely no idea who she is. In her pocket she finds two letters addressed to her, written by the old Myfanwy Thomas who knew about her upcoming amnesia. Following the instructions in the first letter, she goes to a hotel to hide and reads letter two which presents her with two options. If Myfanwy opens one of two safety deposit boxes she will find documents (bank cards, passport etc) and funds for her to start a new life abroad. If she opens the other she will find everything she needs to slot into Myfanwy's old life - information about her work, friends, history. This option does come with a warning - Myfanwy ended up with no memory in the middle of a park because one of her colleagues tried to kill her. But she's not sure which colleague. Myfanwy the Second chooses option two (of course) and discovers that she is a high ranking member of a covert government organization called the Checquy. Their role is to protect Britain from a variety of supernatural threats all the while keeping those same threats a secret. Armed with a binder full of crib notes left behind by the old Myfanwy (who was very organised when it came to her upcoming amnesia) she not only has to slip as unobtrusively as possible into a life she doesn't remember, but also figure out who among her colleagues might have wanted her dead. <br />This supernatural thriller has a great combination of British humour, a tightly plotted mystery and a smattering of magic. If you enjoyed the recent Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, or Max Frei's The Stranger you should definitely try The Rook.
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