Author: Stephenie Meyer
Title: The Chemist
Genre(s): Mystery; Thriller and suspense; Literature and fiction
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Review: This is one of the many books that I listened to via audible. Although I realize that listening to a book is obviously much different than reading it myself, I still feel like I can get the picture in my mind of what the author is trying to paint. I gave this thrilling story 4.5 stars instead of 5 because the first few chapters were not as captivating as the rest of the story. I don't mind a slow start, but this one was almost excruciatingly slow. I found myself paying more attention to the road than I was to the story (which I probably should pay more attention to the road while driving haha!). However, once Meyer started to establish the storyline more, it became incredibly exciting and I was on the edge of my seat the entire journey. Meyer provided the perfect amount of setting details to really help my mind paint a picture of where the characters were at and the kind of trouble they were each facing. The character development was another aspect that I really enjoyed. There were subtle, but definitely noticeable changes made throughout. The development really came across as natural and not sudden. Although I am a true romance junky, I loved that Meyer did not make the heart of the story about romance. It was more tailored towards self-discovery and character strength, but the added romance was a bonus for this little lady. Having read Meyer's Twilight saga, I was pleasantly surprised by personal growth as an author. The difference between The Chemist and Meyer's other novels was astronomical, in a good way. I really recommend working your way through the first few chapters because the story itself is well worth the read.
Book Description: 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.