Jeremy Logan #4 by Lincoln Child
Published on: May 12, 2015
I’ve often suspected that I tend to enjoy books even more when I hear them on audio. Something about them being acted out and hearing distinct voices makes them become more interesting to me. Mediocre books become Good. Good books become Great. Great books become Exceptional. Take Harry Potter – Most everyone loves Harry Potter, but when you add Jim Dale (U.S. version) to the mix with his 5 gazillion voices and well…his work on Harry Potter was nothing short of fantastic. There’s a reason he earned a Grammy for it. So, as I was listening to The Forgotten Room and realizing I wasn’t “loving it” like I usually do, I had to think on why that may be.
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 director of Lux, one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America. An unexplainable tragedy has taken place in the sprawling compound located on the coastline of Newport, Rhode Island. One of Lux’s most distinguished doctors, overcome by erratic behavior, violently attacked his assistant before meeting with a gruesome self-inflicted end. Deeply shaken by the incident and the bizarre evidence left behind from the doctor’s final project—as well as recent troubling behavior among several of the think tank’s other scientists—Lux fears there is something more sinister occurring within its walls and looks to Jeremy Logan to investigate.
Logan quickly makes a surprising discovery. In a long-dormant wing of the estate, he uncovers an ingeniously hidden secret room, unknown and untouched for decades. The room is essentially a time capsule, filled with eerie machinery and obscure references to a top-secret experiment known as “Project S.” As Logan attempts to unravel its meaning, he begins to discern what transpired in that room—and why the frightening project was suddenly abandoned and sealed off many years before. As his work draws him ever deeper into harm’s way, Logan soon unleashes a series of catastrophic events upon the rest of Lux . . . and himself.
In general, this book description sounds like it would be just up my alley. There’s an unusual death, an old compound with a hidden room, secret experiments, eerie machines. It is my first book in this series, but I often jump into the middle of a series with no problem and love them. But, as I listened to the story I found myself not as engaged as I usually am. It was obviously plotted out well with no huge blunders in the writing or dialogue. But as I continued listening, I realized the characters and the story itself just weren’t grabbing me in the right way. I wasn’t finding myself caring about where the story was going nor any of the characters, with the exception of one – a 98 year old man Jeremy Logan talks to in the course of the story. I think this is due to two reasons: 1) I didn’t find the story very compelling. After they discover the forgotten room, it just became uninteresting to me. So, at the end when the heart-racing part is occurring, I’ll be honest – I didn’t care. I was just ready to finish. 2) I didn’t really get to know the characters. For example, in the story one woman wasn’t a big fan of another woman. The story does go on to explain it a little, but even then it was really only explained at surface level. We weren’t given too many explanations as to what may have occurred in the past or possible thoughts to ponder on and nothing really occurred afterwards. So that it was just ‘there’ and then it was over.
I do want to mention how much I appreciated the science research that went into the story. I learned quite a few things and had fun looking them up outside of the book.
Overall, I felt the production and quality were good, but it just wasn’t a home run. Different accents and voices were used and I would definitely listen to this voice actor again. The only thing to note is that when a Scottish accent was used at the beginning of the book, I could detect an American accent within it, but that is very minor point to bring up.