The Chemist / Stephenie Meyer / 2016 / Sphere / ISBN 9780751568233 / 518 Pages / Thriller
She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was part 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 use the same name for long. Something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it’s her chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking on one last job. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation more dangerous. Preparing for the toughest fight of her life, she finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. With her choices dwindling, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.
This book written by Stephenie Meyer’s, the first she has written outside of her Twilight series, is different. It is nothing like Twilight or The Host, it is a one of a kind. In an attempt to take her writing journey away from vampires and werewolves, Meyer’s has created a story based on the life of a girl on the run. A powerful, intelligent and highly trained interrogator. It’s long, it’s epic and downright interesting. A book to read even if you’re not a thriller fan, it’s not entirely scary to read but frightful at the thought of what these people can do and are paid to do. It’s not your usual Stephenie Meyer’s book, hell if you didn’t know who she was you would be pretty darn impressed by the book.
So Julia/Alex/ so many other names this one girl gives herself throughout the book, is on the run and for the first 100 or so pages you are going from motel to car to shack, places she can find to hide in. She’s all by herself and trying to survive. But then all of a sudden, she’s pushing deadly needles into a man’s hand on the train and brings him to a house rigged with deadly gas and starts interrogating him. The man she takes isn’t who she needs and then ends up with his brother and before she knows it the three of them are on the run, armed and dangerous, making plans to bring down the American government.
A lot happens in this book, it’s over 500 pages long and I really don’t think it needs all 500 pages of this story. A few chop and changes would have condensed the book and the story and the reader would be able to get to the good and fun bits of the book before they get bored of it and decide to put it down. But you should go on, it get good really good and you won’t want to put it down because you are scared someone is going to die if you do. It is gripping and it will make your heart race fast as you read some of the chapters.
If you like intense suspense, trying to work out what is going to happen before it does or the not so casual story of a girl and her drugs and boys trying to take down an institution with limited sources, than this is the book for you.
I give this book 4.0 out of 5 booky stars!
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