THE FOR­GOT­TEN ROOM

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - REVIEWS - ELLEN WHINNETT

Lin­coln Child Ha­chette, $30

Pro­lific US au­thor Lin­coln Child has cre­ated the fic­tional char­ac­ter of Jeremy Lo­gan, a so-called “enig­mal­o­gist” or solver of mys­ter­ies. Lo­gan is called to help out at Lux, a se­cre­tive think tank, which has been rocked by the sui­cide of a dis­tin­guished fel­low. As Lo­gan digs into the doc­tor’s life to ex­plain his fi­nal act, he ex­plores the eerie man­sion where Lux is based and dis­cov­ers the tit­u­lar for­got­ten room. The room’s mys­te­ri­ous de­vices seem to hold the key to what is caus­ing peo­ple to be­have so dan­ger­ously, and Lo­gan uses cut­ting-edge think­ing and tech­nol­ogy to un­lock an old and dan­ger­ous mys­tery. Quan­tum com­put­ing and hi-tech sci­ence are de­ployed as Lo­gan ropes in some ex­perts, and just when the book teeters on a silly ghost story, the real, fright­en­ing story de­vel­ops. It’s hard to work out the pu­rity of Lo­gan’s mo­tives but, by the end of the novel, the reader is feel­ing sym­pa­thetic to­wards him.

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