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Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child Review

Title: Full Wolf Moon

Author: Lincoln Child

First published May 16, 2017

244 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9780385531429 (ISBN10: 0385531427)

Rating: 3.75


Jeremy Logan is back on the case in Lincoln Child’s thrilling novel, “Full Wolf Moon.” As an enigmologist, Logan has seen it all, but even he is taken aback by the gruesome murder of a hiker in the Adirondacks. The community is quick to blame a wild bear attack, but the savagery of the bite marks raises suspicions.

As Logan delves deeper into the investigation, he uncovers a web of secrets and lies, and even the forest ranger believes in the impossible: werewolves. With no shortage of suspects and rumors spreading like wildfire, Logan must navigate the remote deep-woods landscape and use all his skills to solve this chilling mystery.

About the Author

Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, and despite leaving the place before he reached his first birthday, he still considers it his hometown and visits on weekends.

Lincoln’s love for writing began in second grade when he wrote a short story called Bumble the Elephant, which is now believed to be lost. He continued to write throughout his youth, producing two dozen short stories, a science-fiction novel in tenth grade called Second Son of Daedalus, and an unfinished fantasy novel in twelfth grade called The Darkness to the North.

Although Lincoln finds these works embarrassing to read today, he keeps them under lock and key.

After graduating from Carleton College with a major in English, Lincoln moved to New York in 1979 to pursue a job in publishing. He landed a position as an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press and worked his way up the hierarchy, becoming a full editor in 1984.

During his time at St. Martin’s, Lincoln edited over a hundred books, mainly focusing on American and English popular fiction. He also assembled several collections of ghost and horror stories, including Dark Company and Dark Banquet.

In 1987, Lincoln left trade publishing to work at MetLife, where he did highly technical programming and systems analysis. However, his love for writing never faded, and he published his first novel, Relic, while working at MetLife.

A few years later, he left the company to write full-time.

Lincoln’s interests are varied, including literature and poetry from before the 1950s, post-1950s popular fiction, playing various musical instruments, English and American history, motorcycles, architecture, classical music, jazz, blues, and R&B, exotic parrots, esoteric programming languages, mountain hiking, bow ties, Italian suits, fedoras, archaeology, and multiplayer deathmatching.

Editoral Review

Lincoln Child’s Full Wolf Moon is an adventurous thriller novel that was first published on May 16, 2017. Child is a renowned author who has co-authored a number of books with Douglas Preston, including the bestselling Pendergast series.

Full Wolf Moon delves into the genre of horror and suspense, focusing on the lives of a group of scientists and locals in rural Maine. The novel stands out with its beautiful and impactful writing that makes the reader feel as if they are witnessing the events firsthand.

The novel follows the story of Jeremy Logan, a professor at Yale University who is investigating an inexplicable rash of disappearances in the area surrounding the remote settlement of Pike Hollow, Maine. The residents of Pike Hollow are blaming their losses on the legendary werewolf that is said to roam the forests.

Logan attempts to unravel the truth behind these mysteries while battling his own personal demons as a survivor of horrific events. Child’s writing style in Full Wolf Moon is fluid and realistic, bringing to life not only the characters and events but also the beautiful natural surroundings of Maine.

The characters in the novel are well-developed with unique voices and believable reactions to the situations they find themselves in. The fast-paced plot structure keeps the reader engaged and enthralled.

One of the strengths of the book is the suspenseful atmosphere that Child creates by interweaving local folklore and history with scientific facts. The tension grows as Logan uncovers more and more dark secrets of Pike Hollow, leading to a series of unexpected twists and reveals.

Full Wolf Moon can be compared to Child’s previous works, including the Pendergast series, which often deal with scientific discoveries and supernatural entities. However, the uniqueness of the setting and the werewolf theme makes it stand out from the rest.

One of the limitations of Full Wolf Moon is the lack of development of some of the supporting characters. Although the major characters are well-crafted and intriguing, their lesser-known counterparts could have been fleshed out more.

Additionally, the novel’s climax could have been more dynamic and longer. Despite these minor flaws, Full Wolf Moon is a thrilling read that will keep the reader engaged from start to finish.

The book is an excellent pick for fans of horror and suspense, as well as those who enjoy anything to do with werewolves and the supernatural. In conclusion, Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child is a well-written and suspenseful novel that should be on the radar of all thriller lovers.

With compelling characters, beautiful writing, and suspenseful twists, it’s a fantastic addition to Child’s already impressive bibliography. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspenseful read.

I give Full Wolf Moon a solid four stars out of five.