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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Book Review: Full Wolf Moon (Jeremy Logan Series #5) by Lincoln Child

Full Wolf Moon (Jeremy Logan Series #5)
by Lincoln Child
May 16, 2017
244 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
ASN: B01LYMHM2Z ISBN: 9780385531429
Legends, no matter how outlandish, are often grounded in reality. This has been the guiding principle behind the exhilarating career of Jeremy Logan, the "enigmalogist"—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.
Enigmaologist Jeremy Logan specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation. He is taking a six-week break and finishing his paper on heresy in the Middle Ages at Cloudwater (a colony for artists and writers), in the Adirondack mountains. Three months earlier the first of the two hikers are found brutally torn to shreds on Desolation Mountain. Jeremy is also an empath, able to touch or feel 'feelings' of the place/person.

After checking into Cloudwater, an old friend from his younger days at Yale appears. The friend, Randall Jessup, is a park ranger for the area, and is suspicious about the deaths of the hikers. The deaths occurred during the full moon. When Jeremy does agree to check it out, he learns stories in the remote mountain town of Pike Hollow. Most of the stories concern a backwoods family, the Blakeneys. The family has been around for a long time in their fortified compound, staying away from others and living off the land. But the citizens of Pike Hollow think the family is more than just crazy, inbred survivalists, but with tainted blood, even hinting werewolf.

I’ve read a couple of other books by Lincoln Child with this character. Liking anything horror connected to werewolves, I knew I had to read this book. This werewolf is not just the change-at-the-full-moon supernatural creature, there is science behind it—a “different” beastie, like The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber (you can find this out of print novel from the late 70s on Kindle at Amazon. It is still one of my favorite werewolf novels.). 
It starts off slow but Full Wolf Moon becomes a fast read—an X-Files meets Kolchak the Night Stalker—great for that beach read or your camping trip. 

I give Full Wolf Moon 4 weresheep.

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Lincoln Child is the co-author, with Douglas Preston, of a number of bestselling thrillers including Relic, Riptide and The Ice Limit. Utopia is Lincoln Child's first solo novel: he is currently at work on his second. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.


  1. I've recently discovered the Lincoln Child/ Douglas Preston novels, particularly the ones featuring Pendergast. They are addictive. I keep noticing errors in vocabulary, science, and geography, but I don't care! They keep me reading. They do feature quite a bit of violence, but it's not mindless violence, and I can take it. If a reader were a bit more squeamish than I am, some of the burning-alive, eaten-by-cannibal-serial-killers stuff might bother one, but as it is, these horrific elements are just thrown in as seasoning, not the main course. The novels dip a bit into the supernatural at times, but they are mostly just over-the-top tales set in this world. Very tasty stuff.

    1. I love the Pendergast novels. Especially the early ones. I like that kind of horror/thriller mysteries.