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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Audio Book Review ‘The Forgotten Room’ by Lincoln Child


Imagine: tasting color, seeing sound, and hearing food; euphoria or a window into Hell?

The Forgotten Room is modern day science fiction mingling with the paranormal.

This is my first Lincoln Child book; my initial reaction is wow-what a unique writer. A lover of fine flowing literature done well, I’m in awe of his no-nonsense style of writing, so tightly suffused with an intellectual peculiarity that drives the premise like a well-tuned machine, simply said: the author’s skill is effectively eccentric, much like the cast of science minded characters in the novel.

At the center, Jeremy Logan is an intriguing character, beginning with his profession as a enigmalogist, which is best described as a paranormal investigator with a PhD. Be that as it may, his ability to explain the unexplained, has a few of the members of The Lux requesting he return to the respected think tank to solve a deadly mystery. Since, Logan left The Lux, nearly a decade prior, at the request of some of the members, who did not find his area of study legitimate, the historic personal dynamics add an interesting layer of entertainment to the text.

Inside the 100 year old think tank known as The Lux, brilliant minds study, investigate, and experiment for the purpose of revolutionary discoveries and influencing policies for the greater good of the United States as well as the global society. Making it all the more engaging, the organization resides in a massive gothic estate situated on a cliff that hangs over the Atlantic Ocean just outside of Newport, Rhode Island.  

Consequently, as with all good paranormal mysteries, the weather doesn’t cooperate and subsequently, Dr. Logan must contend with his investigation in the midst of a hurricane.

Nevertheless, Logan, a somewhat laid back, yet, quirky character, fumbles through the circumstances and uncovers a sealed laboratory  forgotten for decades, an abandoned experiment dubbed Project ( S for sin), and a machine that opens the gates of Hell. In this case, Hell becomes an experience best described as an exaggerated state of schizophrenia. 

Of course, the good enigmalgist must also, deal with a twisted scientist and her group of backers that wish to use the machine and its technology for financial gain.
The Forgotten Room is rich with excitement, compelling detail and except for a rather comical overuse of the word gingerly in the last third of the book, it is an excellent read.


Published by Penguin Random House, The Forgotten Room is now a bestseller, available in hardcover, paperback, eBook, and audio at Amazon as well as other book retailers. 

Review by Sammy Sutton