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T. L. Grey’s romantic suspense novel The Chamber is a sinister portrayal of the cost of revenge. Maria is a journalist on a mission, who will bring drug dealer Benito Juarez to justice with her testimony, that is if she lives that long. In order to stay alive long enough to testify, Maria must trust Seth Harris, a retired soldier and CIA agent, as well as his “friends” to keep her safe and out of the hands of Benito Juarez and his crazy family; unfortunately that job is easier said than done. Eventually, Maria and Seth must come to terms with the horrors that they both suffer at the hands of the Juarez family before it is too late and they both die.
The Chamber is a very dark romance and did not appeal to me as much as lighter romantic suspense does. The characters in the novel all have very serious issues that they are personally dealing with from drug use and alcoholism, to murder and child molestation. I found some of these characteristics to be very disturbing for me as a reader. I also thought that the romance took a back seat to the action and suspense in this novel. Maria and Seth do not really connect and fall in love until the very end of the novel. However, the dialogue in The Chamber is superb and flows well within the plot. The emotions that the characters feel are clearly portrayed by the author and I found myself moved by their lives and their stories; these characters clearly capture the reader’s attention and hold on to it until the very end of the novel. The Chamber also meets the definition of a true romantic suspense; the reader is not sure how the story will end until the very last page of the book. While at times I found this book to be difficult to read because of the graphic nature of the writing and the very nature of the subject matter it dealt with; I did find this book to be a worth while read for those readers who enjoy romance with a darker flavor.