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on August 25, 2017
I'm a wimp. I avoid the truly scary stuff in fiction. Which isn't car chases and sword fights. Real Scary is a normal day where characters visit an office strangely empty. A cute kid holding a headless doll. A normal couple surrounded by the tentacles of conspiracy. The 'tentacles' of 'The Adoption' extend from every dimension of fear: there is a supernatural element, a psychic side, a military-industrial plot, spies and thugs and mad scientists deep beneath the earth. Tentacles extending into the reader's brain, tapping into their paranoia. Friends, enemies and child are not what they seem.

Though we see the story unfold from the villains' eyes as often as the main characters, even the dog's, the reader is drawn from one chapter to the next by the shear need to know more. The success of this plot tension keeps even us wimps reading. We want the villains defeated, the heroes to triumph. And to find the solution to the mystery of the previous chapter.

It takes good writing to get me to read a Psychological Thriller. Make no mistake: 'The Adoption' connects a car battery to thrill-nerves in the reader's psyche. But what's a little shock of fear, when following characters you care about like Logan, Claire and Sam?

Excellent book.
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on September 21, 2017
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I am one of those readers that just has to like/click with the characters or the book has a hollow feeling. I liked Claire and Logan from the first pages. They were real and you could "picture" them. This book was a GREAT GREAT READ. I found myself unable to put it down. I read it while playing bingo. I had to see what happened with these amazing people. There is so much more to tell and I as thrilled to hear there will be more.

The Claire and Logan were written as a couple you could relate to, care about and root for. The story line was built up with no let down ending..I hate that when an ending is just "there" after a great build up so there is a greater let down. This did not let you down...it had such a great ending that I was like "what no more" not it cannot be done yet. that has not happened for a while so thank you MR. MERITT. I look forward to your next book.
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on December 7, 2016
New authors are often like a box of chocolates - you never know what you are going to get. With Greg Merritt you get the finest and most delicious! As someone who is very critical of newbie writers, I was more than pleasantly surprised to read a book that was not only beautifully researched and written - with perfect grammar - but a story that had me hooked from the very first page. My heart raced in places with excitement - and towards the final pages I slowed my reading, simply because I did not want the book to end. To reiterate the plot will take away from the thrill of the journey so I will refrain from summarizing the storyline. Trust me when I say that The Adoption is fast, exciting and beautifully constructed. Mr Merritt makes you believe the impossible and that is a gift in itself. Five stars from me!
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on December 9, 2016
The Adoption by Greg Meritt is a true page turner. I started the book with one expectation and continued to be amazed as the author took me in placed I never expected to go. It isn’t often I am surprised by a novel, but this one did its job very well. This writer is one to watch! With a gift of just enough description and perfect timing, Mr. Meritt delivers quite a punch with his debut novel. I highly recommend this book for some who is looking for an edge of your seat read! An enthusiastic five stars from me!
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on January 16, 2017
The Adoption catches the reader from the first page and keeps the tension going. A sci-fi type thriller with a different take, the story focuses on an unusual adoption. Some of the characters do surprising things; for the most part, they are written quite well. However, in a few cases, they seemed to be more flippant than the scene called for. Readers who love suspense combined with weird science will love this novel.
All in all, quite a good read!
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on May 7, 2017
While this book didn't grab me quite as well as it did others, it's a decent story. Some places the writing fell flat for me, and it took me longer to get through it than other books I've read, but I'm happy to have continued reading because the overall story is great.

I'd definitely recommend this book to those I know like the genre.
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on September 12, 2017
The writing is smooth and believable. Science Fiction meets a normal couple named Claire and Logan who adopt a daughter and gradually learn the alarming truth of who she actually is and why people are trying to kill her and anyone associated with her. As a parent, you will relate to the hopes and dreams of this couple in their efforts at creating a family. The science fiction part of the story is not far fetched or impossible on some level - so don't worry - this is not about alien invasion! I think it is a pretty fun read. Give it a go!
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on January 4, 2017
Just like a good pizza, this book delivers the action from one page to the next. I bet you've never heard an analogy like that before in a book review have you? Me either, because I just made it up. All that reading has obviously made me hungry, but seriously, hear me now and believe me later...you won't be disappointed after you read The Adoption. A well written and action packed novel, and from a first time author, very impressive! I'm sure we'll see more from Greg Meritt.
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on June 3, 2018
The book started out very, very good. But then 3/4 way through it wasn't anymore. It was just okay. By the end I was so tired of reading "no more lies, you'll get the full story shortly". That phrase came up constantly. It was so irritating. I also felt like the author didn't want readers to think this was a short story so he went into detail descriptions just to make more pages. And last but not least - the last chapter was ridiculous. No where in the book was it even hinted that this scenario was possible. It was supposed to be a big shocker. I thought it was just dumb.
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on December 12, 2016
I loved the concept of this book. Check some of your facts about Seattle and the people who live there. With a little more work this could be a great first book. I can't wait to see what comes next. A follow upon the family? This would make great series even a prequel. Hope to hear more soon!
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