Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Genres: Espionage, Fiction, General, Suspense, Thrillers
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, Stephenie 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.
When I saw Stephanie Meyer was writing another adult novel I was immediately interested. While I have mixed feelings about TWILIGHT, I actually really enjoyed THE HOST and this book seemed up a similar alley. However, my feelings for THE CHEMIST were closer to how I felt about TWILIGHT.
Suspension of Disbelief
While you could tell that Meyer put a lot of research into some of the more scientific aspects of what goes on in THE CHEMIST, some of the more obvious things just seemed really farfetched and out of the realm of normal possibility, which is hard to explain without spoilers. For example: easily drugging and kidnapping a grown man in broad daylight on a train. And View Spoiler »the main character is looking for a criminal but when she finds him she can’t understand why he is so innocent and insists that isn’t him. It’s the *drum roll* … EVIL TWIN. « Hide Spoiler
Couldn’t Get Along With the Characters
The heroine, Juliana of Many Names, is immediately described to be somewhat of a badass who worked at a top secret agency SO SECRET IT DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A NAME *le gasp!* But we never really got to see Juliana in action that much, and it was more tell rather than show. She has to remember not to giggle or smile when she is torturing someone. The love interest was worse; he’s basically the all around perfect Good Guy™ and View Spoiler »he easily forgives the main character for torturing him for hours. « Hide Spoiler
A Thriller that Wasn’t Thrilling
For a suspense/espionage novel, THE CHEMIST doesn’t exactly keep you on the edge of your seat. It describes a lot of menial tasks and goes into detail about things that might not have been totally relevant to the story or developing the characters. Action was sort of intermingled with the rest of the book, but nothing at the level I was expecting. I would definitely recommend THE HOST over THE CHEMIST.