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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

A while back I purchased The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, but it sat on a shelf unread. I’m not really sure why, as I read and really liked The Host and to be honest, I loved the Twilight series.

This book, however, is a far cry from Twilight! Where that series has been raked over the coals by many reviewers, critics, feminists and the like for having a weak female character, The Chemist is 180 degrees in the opposite direction!

The Chemist. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Alex/Julianna is quite formidable. Having worked for a government agency of operations so dark, the organization didn’t even have a name, her work was to stop terror attacks from reaching American soil. But when someone in that agency turned the tables, Alex became the hunted.

After being on the run for 3 years, her former handler has found her, assured her she is safe and is asking her to come back and stop what could be the worst terror attack the world has ever seen. Her conscience won’t let her walk away, so she walks back into a world of people who want her dead. But this time she has more to protect than ever before.

All in all, I really liked this book. The characters were believable, likable and realistic, with pretty much non-stop action. This is not a love story with action thrown in, this is an action-thriller with a love interest that does not take over the story, it just enhances it. So if you like thrillers, read this one. If you are hoping for a Twilight type of love story, you’re not getting it here. The Chemist is much more realistic and a story for those who like mysteries, thrillers, and espionage.

The audio version of The Chemist is read by Ellen Archer.


4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.


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More twists and turns than Dancing with the Stars

The Expats by Chris Pavone. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Expats by Chris Pavone. A Propensity to Discuss review.

“So she lay there…looking up at the dark ceiling, trying to figure out a way to say something to her husband….It was the most important non-action of her life.”

In a tale of suspense, intrigue, espionage, distrust and uncertainty, Chris Pavone’s The Expats is another of those “Unputdownable” books.

Kate, who is married to Dexter, with whom she has two boys, Jake and Ben, has secrets galore. In fact, it could be argued that her whole life is a secret.

Dexter, a bank security expert, takes a job in Luxembourg protecting the virtual transfers of funds for the bank.

Ben and Julia are the newest American Expats to move to Luxembourg and the couples become very close friends. Kate is only mildly concerned when their first vacation spot turns out to be the same European destination that Ben and Julia are visiting.

When the “coincidence” happens on their second vacation, Kate is a little more suspicious. Skeptical enough, in fact, to contact an old “friend” to find out exactly who Ben and Julia really are. And whether or not they are hot on her trail, or her husband’s.

If they are coming after her, her marriage, as well as her whole life could implode around her.

If they are not coming after her, then it’s Dexter. But what on earth could he have done to have someone following him?

Surely there is nothing. Certainly she must be imagining things. Ben and Julia are just an average American couple who have been relocated just the way Dexter was.

But if that’s the case, why in the world does Kate’s gut tell her that things are really not what they appear. She will have to fight fear, time, and her past to find out the truth.

But what, exactly, with the truth cost her? Her marriage? Her children? Her life?

An amazing debut novel that left me craving more and more. Thankfully, The Accident, a second installment, is already out! And yes, I’m already reading it!

About the audio version:

The Expats by Chris Pavone. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Expats by Chris Pavone. A Propensity to Discuss review.

If you have never listened to an audio book, The Expats is a GREAT choice to start! Mozhan Marno (The Blacklist, House of Cards) has an incredible voice for novels.

Her inflection is spot-on and the characters have differences that allow you to quickly ascertain each character.

I quickly came to love her voice and her interpretation of this novel.

An excellent job! Highly recommended!