Actually, I like the idea of a female protagonist who solves almost everything she has to face by only being smart with her skills as a chemist. That sounded very intriguing and turned out very haunting and clever. Sure, at first it was a bit strange, but after a few pages and some reading, I started to like the style. Not absolutely new, but used again in a fresh way. And for the protagonist, it was the right way to get her into action and a new plot.

The Chemist*
by Stephenie Meyer
Publisher Little Brown and Company on November 8, 2016
Genre Thriller
Pages 512
Format Hardcover
Source Library

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.
Dr. Juliana Fortis is on the run and hiding from her former boss for many years. She knows things and saw things that mean a threat to those who want her dead. So when she gets asked to work on a subject to prevent the world from a deadly virus, she meets Daniel, and everything changes.

This book is different from all the others the author wrote. Her writing style is still soft and decent, but there is some plain tone, the words she uses work for her scenes perfectly. Oh yes, so no harm was done. But I had to get used to it. And I have to admit, that after the first few pages I actually started to like this book.

It is quite refreshing that a female protagonist uses her brain and her skills as a chemist, to stay alive and to keep her enemies at bay. Dr. Juliana Fortis, during some pages Chris and now Alex (at least for most of the story), lives for years under the radar. She has to keep a low profile since she knows that her former boss wants her dead. With a unique style, she does everything to avoid this and even when she gets asked by her former boss to look into the profile of a young man and to get some information out of him, she keeps her shields up. No doubt, this woman is a great one.

I really enjoyed The Chemist. Yes, this book is different from Stephenie Meyer´s other books, but in my opinion in a good way. I started listening to the audiobook before I turned to the printed book, and the narrator Ellen Archer did a fantastic job. So if you prefer the audio, go and get it right away!

Happy reading

*German edition published by Fischer Scherz on November 8, 2016

Stephenie Meyer
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Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. In 2008 USA Today declared her “Author of the Year” because she had swept the top four slots in that year – which no one else ever had in the 15 years of the USA Today bestselling book list. Her internationally bestselling Twilight Series has sold 155 million copies worldwide and altogether her books have spent over 303 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. She lives with her husband and three sons in Arizona.


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