Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child

  • ISBN-10: 0385531400 - Hardcover $26
  • Publisher: Doubleday (May 12, 2015), 304 pages.
  • Review copy courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.

The blurb:
Jeremy Logan (The Third GateDeep Storm) is an "enigmalogist"—an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation. In this newest novel Logan finds himself on the storied coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, where he has been retained by Lux, one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America. Just days earlier, a series of frightening events took place in the sprawling seaside mansion that houses the organization. One of its most distinguished doctors began acting erratically—violently attacking an assistant in the mansion's opulent library and, moments later, killing himself in a truly shocking fashion. Terrified by the incident and the bizarre evidence left behind, the group hires Logan to investigate—discreetly—what drove this erudite man to madness.

His work leads him to an unexpected find. In a long-dormant wing of the estate, Logan uncovers an ingeniously hidden secret room, concealed and apparently untouched for decades. The room is a time capsule, filled with eerie and obscure scientific equipment that points to a top secret project long thought destroyed, known only as "Project S." Ultimately, the truth of what Project S was . . . and what has happened in that room . . . will put Logan in the path of a completely unexpected danger. 

When Jeremy Logan arrives at Lux in Newport, Rhode Island, it lead me to imagine  an elite think tank based in New Haven with Yale professors and graduates.  The mansion that Lux occupied could easily be one of the old mansions on an Ivy League campus. Certainly, the politics and backbiting and the perks of Lux were also reminiscent of highly productive professors.

While the "enigmatologist" does sound a little wacky, Lincoln Child presents both the field and the expert in such a logical way that it's easy to suspend disbelief and follow Jeremy Logan's investigations of the mysterious deaths.   I was fascinated by the architecture of this mansion and the idea behind The Forgotten Room.   The concept and execution were wonderfully done - such a fun, absorbing read!

About the Author:
Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of The Third GateTerminal Freeze,Deep StormDeath Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times bestsellers, most recently Two Graves. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

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