The Forgotten Room review


Jeremy Logan 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.

It has become my belief that when a description of the book is as long as the above – it is probably not one I should expect a lot out of.  When they use words like “shocking”, “terrified”, “bizarre” and “madness” – it is going to be a long, drawn out affair.

I had high hopes for this book which I preordered back in December.  Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child is one of my favorite monster stories and I had hoped for something amazing here.  I was disappointed.

The writing is good but the subject matter wasn’t all that interesting to me.  I found myself asking “who cares” more often than not.  If this kind of thing – electromagnetic stuff – is interesting to you than this is a book you will enjoy.  The author used some of this kind of thing in Terminal Freeze too so maybe it is a subject he enjoys.

It is not a bad book – I wish it had been more supernatural in plot but it is what it is.  Had I known more about it, I probably would have borrowed it from the library instead of buying it.  Guess it is just another one of those live and learn things.

Anyway, I give the book a C.


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