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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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Dark. Dark. Dark Places.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn takes you to gloomy, murky, threatening places. Sinister.  Spellbinding. Suck-you-in-spit-you-out sinister places. It is a story of twists and turns that you never really suspect. The story will wind you up into a tight ball of nerves. The ending will ring you out like a washing machine on steroids.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. A Propensity to Discuss post.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

At seven, Libby Day lives through the brutal attack and murder of her two sisters and her mother. She escapes. She lives. As does her brother. He had to live through it. After all, he murdered them. Libby testified against him. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Libby moves on in her life; becomes successful despite her beginnings. Ben spends the rest of his life in prison. Ahhh. No. Not so much. Way off.

So many people are convinced that Ben is innocent. But Libby knows the truth. To prove them wrong, she starts to dig. She knows she told the truth. But did she? Before the truth is revealed, Libby will find herself in a world of danger. And, quite unexpectedly, a world of acceptance.

As the story unfolds in Libby’s current world, flashbacks from her mother and brother bear witness to what the seven-year old Libby did not know, see, realize or understand.

A downright must read.