Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (Nov. 8 2016)
Synopsis: In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life, but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.
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Much like Stephenie Meyer’s previous books, you don’t read this for the literary prose. You read it for the unique and intriguing story lines that are addictive! However, this book fell short in those categories as well. There were many parts that were dragged out over many pages, when a couple paragraphs would have sufficed; and sometimes the big “reveal” they were leading up to, would just fall short, leaving me feeling very disappointed. As a result, I found myself skipping paragraphs, and then pages, without even noticing that I was skipping text.
In her previous novels, the Twilight series and the stand-alone adult novel, The Host, Meyer was able to create love stories that were so addictive, you couldn’t help but read every word and soak it all up like a sponge. The “love story” in The Chemist pales in comparison to her previously created love affairs. The relationship is predictable and boring.
I loved Meyer’s previous books, so there was never a question if I would read this book or not, because I would read anything she writes. And I am still happy that I read it. One thing Meyer accomplishes with this book is writing about a topic that is not widely covered in the general fiction genre. Reading about Alex’s character – the chemist who tortures people for the government using chemical recipe’s she has created – was a refreshing storyline that I really did enjoy. The characters were also very “real” and came off the page and into my mind – especially the relationship between Alex and Kevin that I found to be very funny and entertaining.
Overall, I would suggest this book to people looking for a mystery/drama type fiction book. But not on the basis of the love story.