Published by Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: November 8th 2016
Genres: Adult, Law & Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories
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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.
Now, before you roll your eyes at who wrote this book, give me a minute to share my experience. The Chemist is the second adult-focused book by Stephenie Meyer. Granted, The Host wasn’t exactly “adult,” but I digress. In this Mr. and Mrs. Smith espionage adventure, a former medically-oriented interrogator is on the run for her life after accidentally learning some information the government doesn’t exactly want her to know. After multiple attempts on her life, she agrees to do one last job for her former department to call it even and move on with her life. Unfortunately, as things tend to go, it’s a trap and she’s now on the run again with two people she never would have anticipated teaming up with. This time she decides to take on the offensive in hopes of getting her enemies off her back for good.
This one started out kind of slow and confusing. The names kept changing and I didn’t really understand why this narrator was doing what she was doing. The beginning is definitely one of those “world building” type beginnings where you have a lot of info dump that doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense at first in order to get the ball and story rolling. It picked up around the middle of Chapter 4. The first three weren’t terrible, they just weren’t very interesting.
Once we got to the thick of the plot The Chemist became quite the interesting read. I thought Meyer developed the main characters well enough that I wanted to know what happened to them. I’m not really sure I completely understand why the narrator had to be eliminated and what caused all the years of running but I was able to overlook that. Yeah, that explains why she was currently in the situation she was in, but I just wanted to see the end result. Meyer threw in some surprises and turns here and there and while I wasn’t on the edge of my seat gasping like, “How could she do that to us?!” I still found myself eager to pick up where I left off. It’s not exactly one of those unputdownable novels but I finished it in three days and gravitated towards it any free second I had.
I don’t particularly care for adult novels but after my mom pitched it to me saying that since I liked Mr. and Mrs. Smith I’d like this, I figured why not. What’s nice about this book is that it’s not riddled with sexy times, adult drama, or any of the normal adulty things I don’t like reading. Meyer had a story to tell about a former interrogator on the run and her mission to stop the hits on her head and Ms. Meyer made sure to stick with that plot line. Of course, there’s a cute little budding romance thrown in for some dimension (I definitely shipped it!) but it didn’t take precedent. The Chemist didn’t turn into this sappy, drama filled love story. It stuck to the promised synopsis and for that, I thank you wholeheartedly, Ms. Meyer!
Nice step away from Twilight and The Host with interesting characters and a good plot. I’m thinking this would be a good cold, dreary weekend read!