The Forgotten Room

By Lincoln Child

Jeremy Logan (The Third Gate, Deep 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 Symposikon, 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.

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One half of my favorite author duo has returned with a new book! It’s been so long since he’s put out a Jeremy Logan book that when I heard this one was coming out and that Jeremy Logan was “returning” and I had no idea who that character was and if I’d read the other books. Turns out I have. The last one, The Third Gate, came out back in 2012, which was before I started reviewing everything I’ve read.

Anyway, back to this book. I read this all in one sitting, on an uncomfortable bench in the sun. Even the discomforts couldn’t tear me away from this book! It was a page turner, which almost goes without saying for a Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston book.

The set-up and intrigue was so good that I was a little let down by what the ending actually turned out to be. It seems a little plain in comparison to some of their other novels. Still the setting, the characters, the details, the unraveling of the mystery….all were top notch!

Still a good book overall and if you’re a fan of Lincoln Child and/or Douglas Preston, definitely read this one.

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