My first read of the new year was The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. This was a fantastic suspense thriller I could hardly put down (ask the dishes in my sink. They’ll agree with me).
Alex (the government agent-chemist on the run)
Daniel (the Doctor Jeckyll/Dr. Hyde man she’s sent to ‘interrogate,’ to stop him from unleashing a biological weapon upon millions of people in the US in exchange for her freedom)
Carston (Alex’s superior who has given the orders)
Kevin (Daniel’s twin brother, who is supposedly ‘dead’)
Einstein (the coolest guard dog ever) and his squad.
In a nutshell, so I don’t spoil anything for you, Alex has been on the run from the government for 3 years, after her mentor was killed in a suspicious lab accident. When she receives an email from her previous boss, begging her to help them in one last job for national security, in exchange for getting off their hit list, she hesitantly agrees. It’d be nice not to have to watch her back constantly and live again. But she doesn’t trust Carston. Still, she grabs the target and begins to interrogate him, only to have the carpet metaphorically yanked out from under her. Now, Alex has to come up with a new worldview, different plans, and a miraculous way to survive the next week.
This is a fast-paced story that never let me relax for long. It was different from Meyer’s other stories—very scientific and cerebral, but with lots of killing, chasing, fighting, and running for your life worked into it. It’s violent, but clean (language-wise and gore-factor). I really enjoyed this one. The characters came alive in my mind, and my heart beat fast as I agonized with them during their treacherous journey to freedom…and hopefully, one more day of being able to breathe. Super riveting book.
She thought it through. “I need…you to be alive. And I would like to be alive, too. That is my baseline. If I get more than that, I would prefer to have you close by. After that, anything else is just frosting.”
“Call me an optimist, but I think we may just be dealing with nothing more than some semantic issues here.”
“You could be right. If we get a few more weeks together, maybe we’ll figure out how to speak the same language.”
He took her hand. “I’ve always been a quick study with linguistics.”
He stared out the windshield. “I knew I should give up. I knew I wasn’t holding on to anything real. The Lainey I loved was just a construct in my head. But I was stubborn. Stupidly so. Sometimes you cling to a mistake simply because it took so long to make.” – Daniel
This was definitely a 5-star decadent read. The author had to do a lot of research to make this riveting and believable. I was drawn into the book and the characters were real to me as I read. That’s tremendously hard to do, if you haven’t tried writing a book yourself. This is awesome enough that I will probably reread it in the future.
I’m not a super critical reader (or movie watcher). I read and watch shows to be entertained and hopefully come away more empathetic, so being overly critical about things takes away from my enjoyment. If you want harsh reviews, don’t come here. Cruel critics always make me cringe (say that 10x real fast). I have nothing bad to say about this book. I love Stephenie Meyer as an author. I think it became a fad for some to tear her Twilight books and writing apart…and that just made me sad, because I felt her unique concepts were brilliant.
Our world would be better if more people remembered what their mamas taught them (or grandmas). If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. (Wow! Think of how much social media would be done away if we followed that principle)
What about you? Have you read any awesome books recently? How many books did you read in 2019? Have you set book goals for how many or what genres you want to read this year?