cover image The Forgotten Room

The Forgotten Room

Lincoln Child. Doubleday, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-0-385-53140-5

In bestseller Child’s chilling sequel to 2012’s The Third Gate, Gregory Olafson, the director of Lux, “the nation’s oldest and most prestigious policy institute,” summons “enigmalogist” Jeremy Logan to the group’s headquarters, a mansion in Newport, R.I. Ten years earlier, Logan was expelled from Lux for his unconventional methods, but now Olafson needs his help on a case: computer scientist Willard Strachey inexplicably attacked his assistant before committing suicide in a particularly gruesome way. In a recording of Strachey’s last words, he complains about voices that “taste like poison.” Logan suspects that Strachey’s behavior may be connected to his overseeing renovation work on an abandoned wing of the mansion. The paranormal investigator subsequently discovers a hidden room containing some odd equipment. Near the fireplace is a burned scrap of paper bearing the words Project Sin; the sound of disturbing music adds to the room’s eeriness. Child makes the most of the creepy setting, his unusual lead character, and an intricate plot. [em]Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor. (May) [/em]