Rook  - Monica MacDonald, Estelle  MacDonald

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

My rating = 3.5 

In Rook, Kate and Kali alternate in telling their stories. At first, I wasn't sure what they had in common and liked trying to figure out the connection between them. They're two different ages in two different times - Kate is a senior in high school, while Kali is raising a young daughter. I couldn't find any similarities between them until I dug a little more into their stories. 

Kate's grandmother has passed away and willed her house to Kate's mother. Kate doesn't know much about her grandmother because her mom doesn't usually want to talk about her. Right away, strange and scary things start happening to Kate, and I kept wanting her to tell someone even if that person wouldn't believe her. I don't know how she stayed in that apartment by herself! 

Kali is a character who has a quiet strength. After her husband died, she does her best raising their daughter alone. The financial responsibility of taking care of a child as a single mother, especially in Kali's time, leads her to rely on someone who uses that to his advantage. She is fierce about protecting her daughter and keeping the two of them together. 

The way these two characters are connected surprised me. It took several chapters to get to some answers, but it was worth it. I never would have been able to guess where the story took me in a million years! Once I had a clearer idea of what was happening and why, I raced through the rest of the book, desperate to find out what was going to happen next. I couldn't sleep, thinking about how I needed to read just one more chapter even though I really really needed to go to sleep! 

I enjoyed Rook although it had a slow start for me. Once I got into the story, I didn't want the momentum to stop. I needed to find out what was going to happen next, and my Kindle was glued to my hands. The way Kate and Kali's stories are related was a refreshing surprise and different than anything I've read in a long time. If you're a fan of thrillers, mysteries, or the fantasy genre (or all three!), then I recommend you read Rook. I'm looking forward to the next installment!