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Synopsis: 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 writer’s 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.
It’s been fun seeing the character of Jeremy Logan be developed from a secondary character to the starring role in The Forgotten Room and now Full Wolf Moon. While I’m not as fond of him as I am of Pendergast in the series Lincoln Child co-writes with Douglas Preston, he’s still a likable character. In his latest adventure, a little more of his backstory is revealed, which makes him more relatable then I found him in the previous books.. As for the story, well I enjoyed it, but found some parts a little formulaic. I guessed who was behind the grisly attacks a little past halfway through the book which took some of the excitement away. The secondary characters could have been a little more well-developed, but I think the relatively short length of the book made this impossible. The setting is very atmospheric and has reaffirmed my determination to never go camping! The ending also neatly ties everything up. Despite my issues with Full Wolf Moon, it’s still a fun and quick read that combines science and the supernatural which results in an interesting take on werewolves. It can definitely be read as a standalone, although I suggest reading at least The Forgotten Room before picking this up, just to get a better sense of Logan. It’s a good book to take to the beach or on vacation. I’m looking forward to Jeremy Logan’s next adventure.