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The Forgotten Room

(Jeremy Logan #4)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  9,110 Ratings  ·  866 Reviews
A LONG-LOST EXPERIMENT OF UNGUESSABLE INTENT
 
A SECRET ROOM, INGENIOUSLY HIDDEN INSIDE A VAST SEACOAST MANSION
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LINCOLN CHILD AT HIS RIVETING BEST

Professor Jeremy Logan (the quirky and charismatic “enigmalogist” who specializes in solving problems of the strange or seemingly supernatural variety) receives an urgent summons from the direc
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Published May 12th 2015 by Random House Audio (first published May 5th 2015)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I enjoyed The Forgotten Room (Jeremy Logan #4) although I had not read any of the previous books in the series. This works well as a stand-alone.

The Forgotten Room had a little of everything.....mad scientists, unexplained deaths, strange goings-on, and a protagonist who is a 'sensitive'- Professor Jeremy Logan (the quirky and charismatic “enigmalogist” who specializes in solving problems of the strange or seemingly supernatural variety).

An enjoyable and entertaining read/listen.
Kimberly
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
3.5 stars, rounded up.

I really wanted to LOVE this book. The beginning started out really strong; bringing us the main character of Jeremy Logan, enigmalogist ( who was reminiscent of a scaled down version of agent Pendergast). I immediately liked this character, and the mystery that he was summoned to solve captured my undivided attention.

For at least half of the book, things were very fast paced, leading to new cryptic revelations around every corner. Unfortunately (for me), I figured out "pa
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Steven
The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child
Published 2015, Doubleday
Stars: ★★★★☆
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

I really like Jeremy Logan. I'm hoping Lincoln Child decides to keep writing this character, and maybe to attempt to put out more books. He works hard with Douglas Preston to do a Pendergast every year, and they also put out Gideon Crew books, so I know he's busy. But I just can't help but wish Jeremy Logan would get more appearances. I love his job, "enigmologist," and I like his
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Raymond Just
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure where to start with this. It's hard to believe TFG is written by part of the same team that brings us the ever-enjoyable Pendergast adventures. This is really an overwritten piece. Too much description and exposition in every single scene bleeds any tension from what should be a tense thriller, leaving the story feeling like a bad Scooby Doo episode without any of the fun spooks and scares. And TFG's protagonist, Jeremy Logan, is really the anti-Pendergast. The character is just too ...more
John Matsui
The Forgotten Room gives initial vibes that it's heading toward the supernatural, perhaps with a ghostly presence that's responsible for the gruesome suicide of a senior researcher at a stuffy think tank on the coastline of Newport, Rhode Island.
The main character Jeremy Logan was a prof at the Lux research institute years earlier until a self-important professor rallied opposition, citing Logan's field of study, enigmatology was not up to the institute's scientific/academic standards.
When one o
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Jaksen
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, read it in two days.

I am a huge Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child fan. (They often write as a pair, and I've read a few done by Preston alone. This was my first Lincoln Child as a solo writer.) So when I saw this book available at my local library and read the title...

I shall admit, the title grabbed me, then the author - I could not resist. I love books in which old, weird buildings play a great part, even to the extent the setting becomes almost another character. Give me castles,
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Liz Waters
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lincoln Child is one scary writer who takes you for a harrowing trip through an upscale think tank housed in a creepy old New England mansion. Following enigmalogist Jeremy Logan through this maze of brilliant scientists and the sorts of horrors great brains can create is an adventure you won’t want to miss. Weaving carefully several fields of knowledge, Child will frighten even the boldest reader into turning page after page as Logan struggles to decipher the convoluted path of reason from deca ...more
Michelle
3.5 With a strong start, I thought that this was going to go in a more horror/supernatural direction, which I was kind of digging. But then it felt like the author reigned it in and changed direction to be a more straight-up mystery, which I was a little disappointed with. The main character had some elements of Pendergast and the house was a little Enoch Leng-ish, so it felt very familiar and comfortable. Definitely for those people who love the Pendergast books.
Jamie
The Forgotten Room is the first time I've read Lincoln Child on his own. I have read some of the Pendergast novels. Linc certainly knows how to give the story atmosphere. An enigmalogist named Jeremy Logan is called in to a Rhode Island policy institute to investigate the death of a scientist. The think tank, a place named Lux, resides in an old mansion with many old rooms, as well as modern facilities. Logan is assigned to figure out the cause of odd behavior plaguing certain researchers at Lux ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I picked this up on a whim from the library and ended up really enjoying it. It has the vibe of a good thriller mixed in with the machinations of a nasty secret organization hellbent on world domination.
Albert
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child is a throwback to the tales of Poe, with a dash of modern day science fiction run loose tossed in for good measure.

"...It was a Friday. I'd missed the place. And this time...this time...' He swallowed. 'It happened again. Only it was worse. Much worse. I didn't just want to stare at the ocean. I wanted to walk down to it. Walk down to the sea, walk into the sea, and keep on walking...I stood up. It was a terrible feeling. I knew what I was doing, I didn't wan
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Rajan
It is a nice book. A one time read. It is neither boring nor unputdownable. It has some interesting ideas as given below in excerpts. But author failed to build on that.

Some excerpts :


“Yes. That’s especially interesting, isn’t it? ‘Ectenic force,’ otherwise known as ectoplasm, was the substance believed to be emitted by spiritual mediums during séances, for purposes such as telekinesis or communicating with the dead. It was studied rather intensively in the late nineteenth century, but interest
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it'chy
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
boy, was i expecting ghosts or something supernatural

p127: "...and i think mt stands for microtesla."

p240: activating it again meant using the toggle switch.
Leslie Bratspis
By the title and cover I was ready for a thriller to keep me turning the pages into the wee hours of morning. The minute details and descriptions of the LUX mansion only emphasized the total lack of character development. There was nothing to distinguish one character from another; they were all one-dimensional. The over use of participle phrases in nearly every paragraph--sometimes more than once in the same paragraph--was utterly annoying and distracting. The story dragged painfully the first ...more
Tanja Berg
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Rating 3* out of 5, since I quite enjoyed some parts of it. The book certainly delivered on my expectations - an easily-read mystery thriller. Quick to read, quicker to forget, but entertaining enough. I prefer the Preston-Child combination to their single endeavours, but nevermind.

Jeremy Logan is called to Lux, a scientific "think tank" that has just been through the horrific suicide of one of its researchers. Since the self murder was quite out of character, the chair of the organization wants
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Child's masterful use of vivid descriptions makes The Forgotten Room come alive in your hands. An intriguing story about "enigmalogist" Jeremy Logan digging up the secrets and abandoned projects of his past employer: a prestigious think tank. Revealing the crazy that lies behind innovation and intelligence, I was left grappling for the end; there was a reason Project S was hidden for years. Regardless of whether you have read the first two books, this is a must read for those interested in myste ...more
Toby Tate
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the page-turner that most of the Pendergast books are, but a great mystery/supernatural horror that really pulls you in. Lots of creepy atmospherics, mainly centered around an old New England mansion that houses a scientific organization called Lux. The story reminded me a little of Cabinet of Curiosities. Great read!
Alison Sumprer
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was eagerly awaiting this as a fan of Lincoln Child and was not dissapointed. A strange suicide of a researcher leads to a murder mystery revolving around a hidden room and a secret project that was abandoned in the 1930s. Taut plot, lots of action, and believable characters round out this fantastic thriller.
Julie Carter
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and finished it quickly. Once I started the story I could not put it down. I liked the mystery aspect of it and found the subject matter intriguing, yet terrifying. I hope Jeremy Logan will be around for a while!
Laurel
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars Enigmaologist Jeremy Logan is called to an exclusive think tank to investigate strange behaviors and the death of one of the researchers. Fun, but I like Agent Pendergast better!
Eva
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gue memulai buku berseri ini justru di buku yang keempat. Berhubung gue kesulitan menemukan ebook nya untuk buku yang sudah2 maka gue memutuskan untuk membaca dari yang terakhir. Hal ini memungkinkan karena tipe ceritanya yang terpecah satu dengan lainnya dan gue memutuskan memberinya nama Jeremy's Monster of The Week Book.

Sesungguhnya gue suka dengan Jeremy Logan. Tipe om2 cool yang suka ngobrol random dengan istrinya yang sudah meninggal lima tahun lalu. Tentu saja karena dia juga adalan seor
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Stefan Svartling
Sadly not so good. This author can much better. Quite boring from start to end. Actually, the beginning is the best where he ends an earlier case about the Loch Ness monster.
Jessie Frederick
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
My first audio book! Overall, I think I enjoyed this new-to-me realm of book reading. But I do think it will take some getting used to. My mind tends to wander, so there were times throughout the story that I zoned out and wasn't totally paying attention. I also listened at work as I've seen where a lot of people like listening to audios when they're doing something else, but again, I lost concentration. This led me to missing out on information of the story, which is what kept me from really lo ...more
Talia Colley
I forgot that Lincoln Child writes horror novels! This one wasn't too bad, but it was creepy at the beginning. A man at a think tank goes crazy and kills himself in a gruesome manner, and Jeremy Logan is brought in to investigate. I liked Jeremy Logan's character - he's a sort of myth buster. But this was a ghost story similar in feel to The Hound of the Baskerville (I imagine since I haven't read that yet), so horror fans would probably enjoy it. Not really my cup of tea, but I might read one m ...more
Gea
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Ik heb de vorige boeken van Lincoln Child van Dr. Jeremy Logan nog niet gelezen maar dat ga ik zeer zeker nog doen. Echt een goed boek dit. Was even weer wennen in het Engels maar was best te doen.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Though this could have been interesting, for me it wasn’t. I found my mind drifting while listening with no real desperation to rewind to catch what I missed.

It was an okay mystery but sonoutlandish it was predictable. Some that were killed felt for shock value and didn’t make sense for killer(s).

I might have missed something but when they found the forgotten room and the elevator disappeared, how did they get out of the room? They were in there and then they weren’t with explanation unless I m
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Zulfiya
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typical middle-of-the road thriller - nether bad nor good. It kept me involved and was moving with the steady pace and not an extra word to distract our attention from the main plot line.
The wording is nothing to write home about because it is not literary fiction, and the imagery has never been and will never be the goal of that kind of fiction.

Characters are flat and do what they ate told to do by the author, and each serves the purpose: to introduce, to confuse, to add a twist, to reveal, t
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Sheryl
What to say about this book? I really wanted to like it more than I did and honestly I can't figure out why I didn't like it more. I can't pinpoint why it fell short for me. I never really connected with the main character, Jeremy Logan. Maybe this is because this book is in the middle of an established series but maybe not. He didn't feel three-dimensional to me. The best I can say is that I didn't dislike him. And that's kind of how I felt about the story too. I didn't dislike. And isn't that ...more
Riju Ganguly
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Special Agent Pendergast and his merry men & women have lost charm rather substantially in past few years, Enigmalogist Jeremy Logan has caught my attention. Logan's run, to borrow the name from somewhere else, is very attractive because it's remarkably free from sentimental & emotional detritus. The stories, contained within deceptively lucid narratives, have straightforward plots, are full of small informations, have intelligent twists, and are sufficiently predictable to make th ...more
Colin Barnes
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first entry into the Jeremy Logan series and it certainly won't be my last. I'd give this a solid 3.5 if half-stars were allowed. Interesting characters, great setting, and the revelations were interesting. I also appreciated the high-quality of the prose compared to some other thriller books I've read recently.
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Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, which he still calls his hometown (despite the fact that he left the place before he reached his first birthday and now only goes back for weekends).

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