From Goodreads: In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.
Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.
As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.
I was extremely excited to read THE CHEMIST by STEPHENIE MEYER as I absolutely loved THE HOST and was hoping that this one would be just as good. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite meet up to my expectations. I read THE HOST in one day, and this one took me six days to finish! There were some really exciting moments to this novel and then at other times it seemed to drag and was a little bit boring for me. I could put it down and walk away and then at other times all I could think of was reading this book. It was a strange feeling for me as I am usually totally engaged and invested while reading a novel.
THE CHEMIST is a light romantic suspense and spy thriller which I found slightly challenging to follow along with some of the secondary characters. I had a hard time figuring out and remembering who was who and how they were connected to the ongoing storyline. The novels main character who goes by the name of “Alex” (most of the time) is a strong female lead who is an expert in her line of work and possesses a unique talent to get the job done. I found her first experience with Daniel was quite intense and exciting but that intensity just didn’t continue for me throughout the rest of the novel. I think I was more interested in the relationship that Kevin had with his extremely intelligent trained dogs and their special abilities especially Einstein, as it added some extra life to the storyline.
I found THE CHEMIST to have an interesting plot line which was executed in incredible detail and the main characters were well developed.
To wrap it up it was an interesting, slower-paced, somewhat exciting read with a satisfying ending.
Would I recommend? Yes, as I think this is one that you have to read for yourself to see if you love or hate it!