The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Lincoln Child has recently added book #5, Full Wolf Moon to the Jeremy Logan series.
The overall theme of the Jeremy Logan series is when the supernatural meets science or vice versa. Jeremy Logan’s main occupation is historian but moonlights as an ‘enigmologist’, one who investigates phenomena that has no logical explanation like ghosts, big foot, or as in the case of Full Wolf Moon, werewolves. Normally, I am not a fan on literature about werewolves, so I wasn’t too sure how I would like this particular addition to the series. But Child does have a way of taking a situation that is way out in left field as far as reality is concerned and make it seem reasonably scientific, which makes me like this series.
In Full Wolf Moon, Logan is taking a sabbatical in a remote area of the Adirondacks in Upstate New York to work on finishing up a manuscript that he has procrastinated on. To his dismay, a former college chum who is now a forest ranger seeks out Logan to get his advice on a couple of unusual murders that has occurred in the area. Logan reluctantly agrees to help only to get himself deeply involved in a case that piques his interest as an engimologist. Let’s just say that his peaceful retreat to the great outdoors is anything but peaceful.
The scientific element in Full Wolf Moon is the effect of moonlight on human beings, but does moonlight really have an effect on us? We have all heard of stories of emergency rooms being swamped on night when the moon is full or that people that tend to be a little on the crazy side become in even more crazy. There have been a number of scientific studies conducted that look at the correlation of the cycles of the moon and human behavior, but most have found no evidence of any correlation or are at least found it to be inconclusive. So Child’s use of science in Full Wolf Moon is quite a bit off base, though he does approach the concept in a very entertaining way.
Even though I am not a werewolf fan, I still give Full Wolf Moon a thumbs up. This novel can easily be read without having to read the rest of the series.
I would like to thank NetGalley for my Advanced Reader Copy of Full Wolf Moon.
Full Wolf Moon will be released on May 16th.
To learn more about the series check out the Jeremy Logan series.