By Stephenie Meyer
Summary: 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.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
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I picked up The Chemist on a whim because I’m always eager to try out a Stephenie Meyer novel. While Twilight isn’t the most well written book, I did enjoy it and I always hope to see Meyer branch out, grow stronger as a writer, and write some real gems. She genuinely surprised me with The Host when it came out because it was so good and so completely different than the Twilight saga.
The Chemist, however, was not good and the main reason for that was the writing. I hate to say it because I normally defend Meyer and believe she’s not the awful and mediocre writer that people claim. But The Chemist was not a shining example of a writer who can write well. If The Host was 1 step forward for Meyer, The Chemist is 2 steps back.
The book was a romantic suspense thriller that started off pretty strong. The main character was on the run from a government agency trying to take her out. She worked for the government for years until they turned on her and her lab partner. Her previous employer approached her regarding a matter of public safety. She had to take out the target in order to save the lives of millions of people. She always believed that was why she did her job before she realized she was not doing all the good she thought, but this time had to be different, right?
Her target was a seemingly normal teacher who didn’t seem to have a dark streak at all, but the pictures given to her of him in foreign countries dealing with dangerous criminals said otherwise. It was definitely him in the pictures…. She’d have to take him to a secluded place and use all of the interrogation techniques to figure out what he was hiding.I had hoped for some fun twists once I got to this point of the book, but no. The most obvious thing happened and Daniel, the original target, was as boring and nice as his lifestyle (aside from those photos) suggested.
From the “twist” after she attempted to torture and interrogate Daniel, everything else was achingly predictable and awful. Daniel wasn’t just a nice guy, he was a completely idiotic doormat. I don’t know if Meyer is just trying to channel Bella in her male characters to overcompensate for the fact that so many feminists had an issue with doormat Bella, but Daniel was just awful. He immediately fell for his torturer even though she was bland and she just freaking tortured him. And she fell for her him but it was hard because she wasn’t used to having connections or caring about people. They embarked on an adventure to get their lives back and take out the people who set them up and watched romantic movies and courted each other. And it became glaringly obvious that the whole thriller government plot was just a backdrop that wasn’t complicated or well fleshed out.
I suppose if watching Lifetime romantic suspense movies is your thing, The Chemist is right up your alley. But overall, it wasn’t my cup of tea.