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Summary

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.


Author Notes

Stephenie Meyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 24, 1973. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Twilight, was published in 2005 and was the beginning of the popular Twilight Saga, which includes New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. All the books within the Twilight Saga were made into feature-length films. Her first novel for adults, The Host, was published in 2008.

Meyer's novel The Chemist has been on several best seller lists including USA Today, Barnes and Noble and New York Times.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Let's call her Alex, though she has many names. One such name is the Chemist her moniker at the government agency responsible for high-tech torture, which formerly employed her. Now they want her dead: she knows too much. Years into Alex's hiding, they contact her to help them stave off a massive biological terror event that will kill hundreds of thousands. Despite her paranoia (she's the sort who sleeps in a gas mask and triggers her hotel rooms with booby traps), she nabs the target, a seemingly guileless school teacher and sets to torturing him with her array of chemical cocktails. These fast, smart, and brutal first 100 pages are Meyer's finest hour, proving she has the tools to pen thrillers with the best of them. From there, though, things go south. (Minor spoilers ahead.) Her target, Daniel, is proven innocent, and her mission a lie. Much of the rest of the book, then, feels oddly like Twilight, with Alex repeatedly celebrating how Daniel is good just as Bella droned on about how Edward was perfect. The main plot is far less interesting than the biological terror concept, and otherwise muscular writing is juvenilized by the overuse of fillers like um and words like squicky. Meanwhile, two rich themes the morality of torture and the sadness of being denied a normal life are barely addressed. For sure, this is a bittersweet book, one where Meyer proves her skills to doubters and then doesn't seem to know what to do with them.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Actor Archer does a great job voicing this romantic thriller from Meyer. She uses three narrative tones: neutral for the book's third person narration; tough for when protagonist Alex, a former operative for a secret U.S. government agency that killed her mentor, is fighting to stay alive; and soft for when Alex is dreaming about or partaking in an unlikely romance. She also gives each of the secondary male characters his own clear and recognizable voice. Archer's pacing changes in accordance with the degrees of tension of the plot-and each scene is full of devastating new threats and clever new ways of thwarting them. Meyer fans will enjoy Archer's reading. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

She's been running for three years, but an email from her former black ops employer promises to change everything. So Alex, an interrogation specialist, thought. After kidnapping and questioning Daniel Beach, the man identified as her target, Alex learns that this was a trap meant to eliminate her through a former CIA operative who also happens to be Daniel's brother, Kevin. Now the three are being hunted for a secret that reaches into the upper echelons of the U.S. government. When Kevin is apprehended, Alex and Daniel realize that they must make one final, dangerous move that will either save them or destroy them all. Verdict The best-selling author of the "Twilight" series and The Host has written an entertaining, fast-paced, action-packed thriller, with some light romance added to the mix. Definitely more appropriate for Meyer's adult fans, but also a fun read for those who appreciate the lighter side of spy fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 7/25/16.]-Laura Hiatt, Fort Collins, CO © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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