The Only Child by Andrew Pyper (a book blurt)

Every week I go to the library to pick up movies or books I’ve reserved. I also do a quick browsing around to see if anything interesting might catch my attention, and this book sure did. I decided to start reading it as soon as I got home and I finished it close to four hours and 284 pages later. A pleasant surprise was finding that the different settings in the book included Budapest of all places, among other European countries I that I recently visited; it was interesting to recognize so many places. However, the story was equally captivating. It’s about a highly regarded forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Lily Dominick, whose life takes a twisted turn after seeing an unusual patient, a criminal who claims not to be human. Rather, he says he was artificially created by an ambitious, but misguided scientist.

The patient’s claim is not so much what makes Lily sees him as different from all the heinous criminals New York delivers to her office. Rather, it’s his claim of being at the scene when her mother was murdered. At only six years of age, Lily witnessed her mother’s violent demise. As their conversation continues, the details he provides, and his startling claim of being her father, starts the story spinning into a suspense full of uncertainty and supernatural events. The story also explains how the legends of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula came to be told.

Well-written and engrossing, the book makes me want to read more of what Andrew Pyper has written. This is a beginning of a new readingship. I am listing the books below as I finish reading them.

The Damned

 

The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child (a book review)

A suspense story about a mysterious room within a haunted mansion that now houses an exclusive think tank. A gruesome suicide occurs in the mansion so Professor Jeremy Logan is asked to investigate because he is an expert in cases that are strange or supernatural in nature. The story takes place along the coastline of Newport, Rhode Island.

The writer, Lincoln Child, always comes up with a somewhat unusual or unique protagonist in his suspense stories. The Forgotten Room is his sixth book. I’ve read all the fiction stories he’s written, and they are listed below in the order they were published.

Utopia
Death Match
Deep Storm
Terminal Freeze
The Third Gate
Full Wolf Moon

Lincoln Child also co-writes with another author, Douglas Preston, another writer I follow. I’ve read all the books they’ve written together, but I will list those when the next book they write together comes out. I’ve also listed below the books Douglas Preston has written, and I will continue to update it as I finish reading his new books.

Impact
Panic in Level 4
The Demon in the Freezer: a True Story
The Kraken Project