Book Review: The Chemist

November 22, 2016

The Chemist
Stephanie Meyer
528 pages
Hard copy edition

From the publisher:

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.


A new book from Stephanie Meyers?  Well, it really was a no-brainer that I had to read it.  I had to see what it would be like – Twilight?  The Host?  What would this new book be like?

Well it wasn’t like any of her previous books!  No vampires.  No aliens.  It did have some love story, but other than that, this story was completely different than her other books.  And I really enjoyed it!

Don’t be deceived by the size of this book.  It is one BIG book.  Over 500 pages. But trust me, you will fly through it.

From the very first chapter, Alex (not her real name) reminded me of a female Jason Bourne. She is amazing and smart and on the run.  I had a hard time putting this book down and towards the end every chapter ended and I just had to keep reading to see what would happen. I had brunch with my bestie yesterday and was telling her all about this book – but it is SO hard to describe and talk about without giving everything away.  I just kept thinking  to myself that I couldn’t even tell her about that character, or that part without giving anything away!

One of my biggest pet peaves as a reader is when a young adult seems too adult and an adult book seems too juvenile.  Well – actually I don’t mind too much when an adult book is clean and done well, but it really annoys me when I pick up a book that is geared towards young adults/teens and it is way too graphic for my taste and I can’t recommend it to my teen friends.  Unlike Twilight, The Chemist is not a young adult book.  It is an adult fiction.  But it is still a clean book.  There are some heated scenes and  implied relationships, but Meyers still kept it clean without seeming too juvenile.

Since Meyers other books have all been made into movies (lucky her!) I had think about if this book would make a great movie or not.  And my answer is yes! I think this would make a decent movie, a lot better than The Host anyway – but I was never a huge fan of  The Host book, or the movie.

If you like movies like Jason Bourne – or spy movies or books, this would be a good fit for you.  Or if you just are curious about Meyers next book I totally suggest picking it up and reading it.  If you have a reader on your Christmas list who loves action and page turners – this would make a great gift! Grab a copy on Amazon by clicking here.  

Final Score:

5 stars

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