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Official Review: The Adults in the Room

Post by Cecilia_L » 28 Aug 2019, 07:16

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Adults in the Room" by Jeffrey D. Mechling.]
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Can you imagine losing your memory and as a result, part of your identity? In The Adults in the Room by Jeffrey D. Mechling, former CIA officer, Tim Hall, loses his wife and is diagnosed with retrograde amnesia after a car accident. He doesn't remember much about his relationship with his wife, Pam, except that they were fighting the day of the accident. Recently retired, Tim is now alone and spends most of his time at the local bar. He is attracted to the owner and bartender, Mary Ann, but is uncertain about pursuing her. Tim fears that what he can't remember may come back to haunt him. Desperate to recover his memory, he agrees to travel to the Dominican Republic to participate in a stem cell trial. Suddenly, people who know about Tim's past begin to surface. Why now, and is Mary Ann somehow involved?

Much of the appeal of this fast-paced plot involves the element of surprise, so I am purposely exercising caution to not reveal spoilers. However, I will say that there is a little something for fans of mystery, suspense, medical thrillers, espionage, and romance. Even better, Mechling blends the genres seamlessly in this well-written and professionally-edited read.

In fact, I most liked the suspenseful plot, which was the strength of the book. Mechling delivered plenty of twists, turns, and red-flag moments that kept me guessing from start to finish. The tension of the thriller was palpable, and at certain points, I found myself mentally warning Tim, "Don't do it!”

Tim is a well-developed protagonist; he is sarcastic with relatable flaws. Additionally, most of the supporting characters are equally fleshed out. Unfortunately, the exception is Mary Ann. I dislike that her sexy ex-biker-chick persona reads more like a man's fantasy than an actual woman. Her character may appeal to men, but it is doubtful most women will connect with her.

Like me, readers may be curious about the book's title; it isn't a veiled sexual reference. However, the book does contain explicit sexual content and the frequent use of R-rated profanity. The gratuitous scenes and weak character development of Mary Ann prevent me from giving it a perfect rating. However, for the book’s page-turning suspense and ability to surprise, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers who enjoy thrillers and espionage. It will likely appeal to fans of shows like Homeland and The Americans.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 01 Sep 2019, 06:52

This promises to be a thrilling read. I'm a fan romance novels with a bit of suspense, I will grab myself a copy. Thanks for sharing

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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Sep 2019, 08:17

Michelle Fred wrote:
01 Sep 2019, 06:52
This promises to be a thrilling read. I'm a fan romance novels with a bit of suspense, I will grab myself a copy. Thanks for sharing
Hope you enjoy it, Michelle. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Meg98 » 01 Sep 2019, 09:19

This sounds intriguing, and I love thrillers. Thanks for your great review!
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Post by Bhaskins » 01 Sep 2019, 10:28

What a great review! Sounds like a suspenseful read and a good story. Thanks, I’m adding it to my list!
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Post by mmm17 » 01 Sep 2019, 11:34

Amnesia is always a good theme, in my opinion. It makes us wonder what defines us as individuals, doesn't it? Wonderful review! :tiphat:

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Post by Bianka Walter » 01 Sep 2019, 13:17

Homeland: tick.
The Americans: tick.
This seems like one I would love :)
Thanks for the wonderful review!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Sep 2019, 14:01

Meg98 wrote:
01 Sep 2019, 09:19
This sounds intriguing, and I love thrillers. Thanks for your great review!
Thank you, Meg.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Sep 2019, 14:02

Bhaskins wrote:
01 Sep 2019, 10:28
What a great review! Sounds like a suspenseful read and a good story. Thanks, I’m adding it to my list!
You're welcome. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Sep 2019, 14:03

mmm17 wrote:
01 Sep 2019, 11:34
Amnesia is always a good theme, in my opinion. It makes us wonder what defines us as individuals, doesn't it? Wonderful review! :tiphat:
That's so true. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Sep 2019, 14:04

Bianka Walter wrote:
01 Sep 2019, 13:17
Homeland: tick.
The Americans: tick.
This seems like one I would love :)
Thanks for the wonderful review!
Sounds like we have a similar watch list, Bianka! Thanks for your comment.

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Post by reneelu1998 » 01 Sep 2019, 17:08

Sounds like a really interesting and mysterious book. Thanks for the warning on the content!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Sep 2019, 21:34

reneelu1998 wrote:
01 Sep 2019, 17:08
Sounds like a really interesting and mysterious book. Thanks for the warning on the content!
You're welcome. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Wanja Hannah » 02 Sep 2019, 00:59

This is exactly my kind of books. Thrillers with suspense. This is a well written review.
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Post by Liam Miracle » 02 Sep 2019, 06:23

Well i'm just soo glad that there is Thriller content.
Amnesia makes it interesting to know just what exactly is 'bout the story.
But it was somewhat a trigger to my past tho but not anyone's fault. ty!

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