THE FORGOTTEN ROOM
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.