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The Forgotten Room: A Novel (Jeremy Logan Series) Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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Praise for Lincoln Child and The Forgotten Room
“Intriguing. . . . Lincoln Child is a master at mystery plots.” —The Florida Times-Union
“Electrifying . . . One of Child’s best yet.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Reflects the best of the ‘mad scientist and locked room’ mysteries of the early twentieth century . . . Fun and intriguing.” —Associated Press
“Chilling. . . . Child makes the most of the creepy setting, his unusual lead character, and an intricate plot.” —Publishers Weekly
“[A] very imaginative story for those who prefer a soft blending of mystery and paranormal.” —Booklist
“Lincoln Child’s novels are thrilling and tantalizing.” —Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Man
“Child’s characters are first-rate, as is his writing.”—The Washington Post Book World
“The genius-touched Child writes paragraphs of polymathic detail. . . . Terrific.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of The Third Gate, Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, Death Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times bestsellers, most recently White Fire. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think I enjoyed the very beginning and the press conference about “Nessie” more than the rest of the book.
It seemed to me the author had a good idea that never took real shape. It seemed to get bogged down in page after page of description. Even when we got to the reason for the strange and horrific death of Dr. Strachey it never really picked up the pace. A lot of explanation and description filled pages but didn’t stir much angst.
Although Logan interacted with several people, mostly he was on his own. There was not much character development. I didn’t give much of a hoot what happened to any of them.
I also thought the bit about the amulet that Logan wore around his neck was lame and there was not much thought put into something which actually played a significant if small part.
I have certainly not given up on Lincoln Child books. I have read all of his others and enjoyed them. I recommend you not let this be your first Child book, also the books he writes with Preston starting with Relic are great.
The main character, Jeremy Logan, is intelligent and not clueless. He pays attention and "notices" things that other people either do not notice or dismiss. He is brought in to investigate the horrible death of one of the "think tank members." That death is spectacularly gruesome and, unfortunately, public. Despite ideas that the victim committed suicide there is no evidence that he did so, though he did. He committed suicide to stop the things that were happening to him. Sounds a little confusing, but that is the reason Logan is called in. There are a couple of sub plots, one especially, that I think was thrown in to muddy the waters.
There is one death that is particularly sad. The main "villain" is a surprise, though the author did not leave many or, actually, any clues laying around about that, so it is a surprise.
Now, one of the best parts is the prolog, it is great. Especially as it is referenced later in the book by one of the characters who hates Logan's guts.
Good read, interesting, well written, good characters, and people who actually behave the way people probably would.
This is the fourth in the Logan series, which lives in the shadow of the Agent Pendergast series that Child writes along with Douglas Preston. I don’t think it’s quite on the same level, but it doesn’t miss by much. Child is an exquisite writer who doesn’t describe a scene so much as paint it, and then brings it fully to life along with his characters. The Lux, an old and slightly creaky mansion, takes on a disturbingly eerie aura. It’s supposedly haunted, and you’re left to wonder if it really is, or if there’s another explanation for the strange events that continue to unfold. Nothing is predictable, and you’re kept perched on the edge of your seat for the entire ride. The book starts out at Loch Ness, where Logan was hired to debunk the Nessie theory, and provides an enchantingly entertaining take on that enduring old myth.
You can read this without having read the other Logan entries, but it’s really better to start at the beginning. That said, this is easily the best entry in the series, and highly recommended. My only criticism is that I read Child’s books much faster than he writes them, and I really wish he’d crank up the production just a tad!
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On to the next one. Two more words required. Haha lol