Saturday, 21 January 2017

Book review: The Chemist - Stephenie Meyer


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.


My opinion.
Let's start with the "elephant in the room". Yes, this is the same Stephenie Meyer that wrote the Twilight series. A controversial series if there ever was one. But love it or hate it, Stephenie Meyer knows how to captivate an audience. 
Having read the series myself years ago, I was really surprised and very intrigued by the synopsis of The Chemist. I wasn't sure what to expect but I couldn't be happier I gave this a shot.
It took me a couple of chapters to settle in - I didn't really know who the character was or where the story was going. But then all of a sudden I found myself engrossed in this book.
Of course, this is not James Bond or Jason Bourne material, but I was still captivated by the CIA/Black Ops theme and the way the author mixed it with the characters' relationships. 
The Chemist surprised me in a lot of ways, and it's probably this that made me like the book so much. 


 




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