The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child
Knopf Doubleday: 5/12/2015
eBook review copy, 304 pages
The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child is a highly recommended thriller.
Yale professor Jeremy Logan is an enigmalogist or an investigator who
specializes in analyzing
phenomena that have no obvious explanation. He has been asked by Gregory
Olafson, the director, to come to the Lux to discreetly investigate
what could have led to the erratic behavior
and horrific suicide by one of their distinguished doctors, Willard
Strachey. The Lux is a think tank located in Dark Gables, a seaside
mansion in Newport, R.I. Ten years earlier Jeremy was asked to leave
the Lux based on questions about his research.
Once he arrives, Jeremy discovers that the doctor wasn't the only one
behaving erratically. He thinks that Strachey's behavior may be related
to his oversight of the renovation of an unused wing of the mansion.
While investigating, Jeremy discovers a secret room in that wing. The
secret room contains equipment from a project that doesn't seem to have
any documentation on it. It seems to be from something that may have
been called Project Sin that was conducted in the 1930's.
Jeremy has keen insight into people and as he interviews the residents
you will wonder if the cause of the problem is related to the paranormal
or if it can be explained by science. It is clear that whatever has
caused the problem is still ongoing and Jeremy may be in danger himself
if he can't figure it out soon.
The writing is excellent, as usual, and Child will grab your attention
and hold it to the end. The chapters are short and quick, which made
this an excellent book to read in quick bursts here and there as time
permitted during the day. I found myself reading it pretty quickly as
the mystery and plot were compelling and Jeremy is a likeable character.
Jeremy also appeared in The Third Gate and Deep Storm, but this is a
stand-alone novel that can be enjoyed without reading about any of his
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Knopf Doubleday for review