The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
November 8, 2016
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Contains: violence, mild sexual references
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.
The story definitely had a strong start, and I was very intrigued about Alex, our on-the-run ex-agent main heroine, and the predicament she was in, being constantly in fear of her life, and having to rely on her brilliant mind and chemistry skills to out-manueuver those hunting her. When Alex is joined by new characters, I found myself liking them as well. There were interesting contradictory personality traits that made for a fun dynamic. And I felt bonded to the characters more and more, hoping all would survive to the ultimate end from those hunting them down. The romance was a nice addition, but it felt overpowering to the storyline at times, even though I liked the coupling overall. I just didn't expect the romance element to be as strong as it was. Now obviously I've been vague about the whole story, but since the blurb is quite vague itself, I don't want to reveal too much. Overall, this was a great read, with exciting and dangerous (and bloody) moments, a sweet romance (perhaps a little too sweet for this story), and a medley of character growth and characters I really enjoyed.