The Adoption - A Psychological Thriller

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Greg Meritt

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Claire Keller would do anything to have a child. Unable to conceive, she's overjoyed when she and her husband bond with the five-year-old girl they adopt. But Claire's hopes for a perfect family shatter when her daughter stands before her covered in blood and prophesying death...


Horror, Sci-Fi, Suspense / Thriller, Action, Adventure,Action,Adventure,Horror,Suspense/Thriller,Sci-fi,Crime

Short Summary

As the child exhibits more strange supernatural abilities, the frightened Kellers find themselves caught up in a dark plot. Hunted by a shadowy organization hellbent on claiming the girl, the family is forced on the run.

Logan and Claire finally meet the clandestine group of people who have been helping them stay alive. The group ends up destroying the founder of the experimental lab and the older boy. But they are shocked when they find out who is behind it all.



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Twist, Happy Ending,Twist,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Claire Keller

Age: 37

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Faithful, Gracious, Strong Moral Code, Confident, Empathetic, Educated, Funny, Leader, Perseverance, Selfless, Underdog, Adventurous, Charming,Funny,Gracious,Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Sylvia Tran

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive, Badass, Perseverance, Charming, Skillful, Crazy, Honorable, Underdog, Adventurous, Beautiful, Confident, Engaging, Selfless, Strong Moral Code,Badass,Adventurous,Sexy,Secretive,Faithful,Heroic,Educated,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Logan Keller

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Confident, Funny, Underdog, Adventurous, Heartthrob, Selfless, Educated, Heroic, Honorable, Modest, Perseverance, Sarcastic, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Decisive, Flexible, Masculine, Faithful,Complex,Strong Moral Code,Sarcastic,Funny,Masculine,Charming,Faithful,Engaging,Heartthrob,Educated,Honorable,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Samantha Jennings

Age: 5

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Obedient, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Beautiful, Charming, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Honorable, Modest,Adventurous,Selfless,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Honorable,Heroic,Gracious,Faithful,Engaging,Empathetic,Desperate,Complex

Development Pitch

Carrie meets Stranger Things in this riveting action suspense thriller. Claire and Logan Keller are unable to conceive, so they adopt five-year-old Samantha to complete their family. A few days later, Claire finds her adopted daughter standing in the bathroom holding a bloody knife and the severed head of her favorite doll. Shocked, Claire and her husband, Logan, seek outside help. They soon find out things are not at all what they seemed when someone or something tries to get to their little girl. The action/tension picks up as the Kellers go on the run to protect themselves and their child from this unnamed adversary. They engage the help of a private detective to try and uncover the truth. While on the run, the Kellers witness Samantha's innate ability to heal, when she mends a gunshot wound Claire suffers during a sniper attack. With the help of the detective, Claire and Logan are introduced to the clandestine group that knows all about their plight and Samantha’s paranormal powers. The action and suspense hits an edge-of-your-seat climax when the enemy is revealed during a confrontation reminiscent of Carrie or Firestarter. At the end the audience finds out who Sam's real mother is and that she, along with Logan's business partner, were involved from the beginning. The story is full of pulse-pounding action, futuristic tech, and unexpected twists and turns. Perfect for a night at the movies.

About The Author

Greg Meritt is an award-winning author. His short story "The Attic," was included in the Writer's Digest 2013 short, short story competition anthology. That same year, Mardibooks, the London-based publisher, also included his work in an anthology. In 2014, his short story "Affliction" was an editors pick on Book Country, the online website run by Penguin Books. After writing over fifty short stories, Greg turned his attention to longer works. "The Adoption" is his debut novel and he is hard at work on the sequel.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: SGC Publishing LLC

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available




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