The Forgotten Room

Written by Preston Child

Review written by Adam Colclough

Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.


The Forgotten Room
Corsair
RRP: £8.20
Released: May 31 2017
PBK

There is something seriously amiss at a prestigious Rhode Island research establishment.

The troubles start when builders uncover a long sealed up laboratory containing a mysterious machine. Within days, staff members are reporting strange experiences and then one of the institute’s senior professors commits suicide in a grisly manner.

Fearing for their reputation the management of the research unit turn to historian and ‘sensitive’ Jeremy Logan for assistance. His investigations will uncover links to an experiment carried out decades ago that could change the world.

Lincoln Child has built a reputation on writing modern versions of what used to be called adventure stories and his latest does not disappoint. He deploys all the key elements of the form; an atmospheric location, dark secrets long buried and a hint of the uncanny – all deployed to devastating effect.

He pairs this with an all too convincing story about just how far scientists are prepared to push the boundaries in the name of progress, and the lengths others will go to weaponise their research for profit.

Jeremy Logan makes for a likeable central character, resourceful and yet displays a high level of humanity at the same time. He certainly merits a second outing; maybe more even a series of novels.

This is a thrill ride of a book that keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat throughout. If there is any justice in the world Lincoln Child will have to hire a traffic cop to control the crowds of movie producers offering to buy the film rights for The Forgotten Room is incredibly cinematic

Editor’s Note: Preston Child is the pseudonym for writers Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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