Title: The Chemist
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher/Year: Little Brown Company 11/8/16
Length: 528 Pages
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.
We all know Ms Meyer from Twilight and the Host – so it’s interesting to me to see how creative she can be with this completely different story that doesn’t take any bits of fantasy or Scifi into account. what we have here though is a rather interesting story of trying to prove your innocence while really just trying to stay hidden.
So as the summary noted, we have our leading character Jules (who goes by Alex and any number of different names) – she’s what one side of the government call The Chemist – one of the brightest minds around with this ability to not just understand the complex nature of chemicals and medication but she’s also able to use them with an ability that no one else has as an interrogator for the government. Of course this has gotten her into trouble and about three years ago she had to go into hiding.
We are on the journey with her at this new point in time where she thinks that she’s got an out but quickly learns that the information that she was given was a set up (even though she was prepared for it and thought otherwise) and this takes us through a story with an ex CIA agent Kevin, and his twin brother (teacher) Daniel and all that they have to do together to try to survive.
The biggest premise in this story is the fact that they have to figure out who’s behind it all since they realize that it wasn’t just Alex being set up but Kevin as well, and then once they know who’s behind it, how to take them out in the hopes that they can be safe.
We get a lot of gun fire in this book, a LOT of gross medical stuff happening, but we also see a sweet story of love forming in unexpected places and friendships forming when you really had resigned to not needing them.
The story itself is gripping enough to keep anyone entertained and the characters are rather intriguing. There’s a nice mix of a secondary named Val who really shakes things up a bit and then the other politicos that are brought into the mix as targets. So all that being said, i’m glad that it finally came out and i’m impressed with how dynamic our author is on what she’s able to write about. I hope you all have a great day!