This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child
Series: Jeremy Logan #5
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Format: ARC, E-book
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Room and Deep Storm is back with a new thriller that follows the trail of a killer who cannot exist...featuring Jeremy Logan, the renowned investigator of the supernatural and fantastic.
Legends, no matter how outlandish, are often grounded in reality. This has been the guiding principle behind the exhilarating career of Jeremy Logan, the "enigmologist"--an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation--previously seen in The Forgotten Room, The Third Gate, and Deep Storm. Logan has often found himself in situations where keeping an open mind could mean the difference between life and death, and that has never been more true than now.
Logan travels to an isolated writers' retreat deep in the Adirondacks to finally work on his book when the remote community is rocked by the grisly discovery of a dead hiker on Desolation Mountain. The body has been severely mauled, but the unusual savagery of the bite and claw marks call into question the initial suspicions of a wild bear attack. When Logan is asked to help investigate, he discovers no shortage of suspects capable of such an attack--and no shortage of locals willing to point the finger and spread incredible rumors. One rumor, too impossible to believe, has even the forest ranger believing in werewolves. As Logan gets to know the remote deep-woods landscape, including a respected woman scientist still struggling with the violent loss of her father in these very woods, Logan realizes he's up against something he has never seen before. His most action-packed and white-knuckled novel to date, Full Wolf Moon is the perfect combination of exotic locales, provocative science, and raw action that make for a deeply entertaining Lincoln Child blockbuster."
Full Wolf Moon starts off with a gruesome and mysterious attack, death by mauling, that has the investigators stymied. These attacks are nothing like they have ever seen and seem to be occurring in relation with the full moon. At the start these attacks are thought to be caused by a rouge bear or wolf. Mysteriously though, the true culprit can’t seem to be identified. There is just something off about the bodies that they find. Nothing seems to add up. The locals start whispering about superstitions and werewolves. This is a story where the local lore comes to life as the residents start whispering about “tainted blood.” Their suspicions seem valid enough to cause Randall Jessup, a forest ranger, to seek out his former college buddy, Jeremy Logan. This story is a creative blending of realism, fantasy and everything in-between.
Even though Jeremy has come to the Adirondacks to “get away” and work on his monograph on heresy in the Middle Ages, his natural curiosity had been piqued and he can’t help but look into the mystery. He decides at first that he will just run down some rumors and then he can with honesty say that he tried. There was even some points that Logan was going to throw in the towel so to speak but just when it looked like he was on a wild-goose chase something happens. Now Logan is on the hunt for the truth as he knows it. Something is hunting, something other than human.
I found Jeremy Logan’s character to be quite interesting. He is what is called a “sensitive” also referred to as an empath. His character is the perfect guy for solving this mystery because in addition to being a Yale professor he also had a title of enigmalogist. In this story that title is used to describe someone who studies phenomenon that are outside the regular boundaries of science and scientific study. Really meaning occult or supernatural. These areas of study gave him the clear head that he needed to contemplate both what was considered real and fantastical. I found how he utilized his skills as an empath to be quite intriguing. It was nothing over the top but still fascinating to read.
The plot itself was well developed and danced between science and the supernatural. Through twists and turns you are kept in suspense with wonder. I personally enjoyed the science fiction portion of this story. It was quite well done and conceivable enough to make you consider the theory. Then you will shake your head, laugh precariously, and maybe put off that camping trip you had planned. If you are looking for a twist on a supernatural read, then this is a story that I would recommend.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Doubleday Books for this eARC of Full Wolf Moon*