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Official Review: The Chemist: A Psychological Thriller

Post by Prisallen » 16 Jul 2019, 14:50

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Chemist: A Psychological Thriller" by Stephanie Colbert.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Katherine Hope (Kat) is an investigative reporter who works for a newspaper in New York City. She gets a phone call from someone who calls himself “The Chemist”. He tells her there is a body in an abandoned building and to go alone to check it out. Although not knowing whether to believe him, her gut tells her she should. So, she goes unattended into a potentially dangerous situation and finds a young woman tied to a chair—dead! After calling 911, she insists on waiting for the lead detective, Dante Russo, before telling them anything. Arriving irritated and frustrated with Kat, he finally promises to keep her up to date on the case in return for the information on the murder.

After writing the article, she buries it in the newspaper instead of on the front page because of an agreement made with the police. This turns out to be a mistake. Kat finds a note from the killer on the dining room table after arriving home at the end of the day. He is not happy about the placement of the article in the newspaper and wants her to know that he is aware of where she lives! Kat feels that it is up to Dante and her to uncover the killer, and it is now imperative that they find him soon. However, they don’t have a clue as to his identity!

The Chemist: A Psychological Thriller, written by Stephanie Colbert, is a crime drama and thriller in which the action starts on page one and continues until the end of the book. Divided into 23 chapters, there are 184 pages with an epilogue at the end. The book jumps right into the story with the first death and moves rapidly into Kat becoming endangered and other deaths occurring soon afterward. The author’s writing is in third person, and her style is concise and easy to understand. She held my interest and kept me guessing what was coming next. It is a suspenseful, plot-driven story with enough twists to keep the reader entertained until the end. The plot is my favorite part of the book. Most of the questions, although not all, are answered by the end of the novel.

However, I felt like the book was a little rushed, and the characters weren’t as developed as I would have liked, lacking depth. There wasn’t much attachment to anyone in the story for me. Additional background information on the characters might have helped readers relate to them better, and the author could have filled us in on what they were thinking and feeling a bit more. For example, Kat’s character wasn’t very likable to me through most of the book. When she wouldn’t work with the police until they promised to give her exclusive rights to the story, I felt like she was arrogant and selfish; the story was the most important thing to her. She was reckless as well, rushing into things without thinking of the consequences.

A romantic relationship was supposed to be building between Kat and Dante during the book, but it was rushed so much it didn’t feel real at all. They were irritated and frustrated with each other, and, with little indication that it was happening, they were suddenly in a romantic relationship. The other characters felt a little shallow also and didn’t elicit much connection with me. This was my least favorite aspect of the book.

Unfortunately, there were quite a few errors in the novel. This was mostly in the form of misspelled words, punctuation flaws, and capitalization errors. A professional editor could easily clean up the flaws.

Because I like the suspenseful plot in the story, it gets a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I feel that the story is too good for 2 stars, but it is not good enough in its present form for 4 stars due to the lack of character development and errors.

A few vulgar words are seen in the story; therefore, it is not suitable for children because of that and the murders. This book will appeal to readers who like plot-driven crime dramas and thrillers if they can overlook the character development and errors.

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Post by juliusotieno02 » 18 Jul 2019, 08:00

I love reading thrille mystery stories. Your summary has made me so curious to find out who the killers were. Thanks for such a great review!
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Post by Hassan Akmal » 18 Jul 2019, 12:28

The plot seems so intriguing but I feel a stronger attachment to the story is developed only when the characters are just as strong. However this books looks very interesting and your review was very well written!

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Post by saaniaali » 18 Jul 2019, 12:29

Oh this story and plot sounds so interesting, I might actually get my hands on this book! Thanks for such an amazing review❤️❤️

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Post by Shehreen » 18 Jul 2019, 12:56

A suspense story with a serial killer is always my go-to but the lack of depth in characters is actually sad. However your review was fun to read!

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Post by ab_hameed » 18 Jul 2019, 13:15

Wonderful review would love to check this book out

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Post by AKShanmar12 » 18 Jul 2019, 14:13

Hopefully, the author will find some editors to help with the errors and some character development. It makes for a hard read when you aren't connecting.
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Post by Delaney35 » 19 Jul 2019, 06:09

I am a huge fan of thriller, so this is a book that I would probably enjoy. It's a shame the characters aren't super developed though. Excellent review!

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Post by Carla911 » 19 Jul 2019, 07:17

Yup, this is my kind of book! I do like to get a visual picture of the characters and a little understanding of their thinking! But, I believe I could easily get past that with the plot of this book. Sounds intriguing! Great review on this book!

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Post by Bluebird03 » 19 Jul 2019, 12:04

Yes, the rushed relationship and not enough depth into the characters certainly justify the point deduction. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading your captivating review!

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Post by kdstrack » 19 Jul 2019, 17:13

The plot you described in the first paragraphs had me interested. Kat's character and the romance seem to ruin the rest of the story. I appreciated your insights about this book. Thanks.

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Post by Prisallen » 20 Jul 2019, 07:51

AKShanmar12 wrote:
18 Jul 2019, 14:13
Hopefully, the author will find some editors to help with the errors and some character development. It makes for a hard read when you aren't connecting.
I still enjoyed reading it, but I would have enjoyed it more if I had more of a connection. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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Post by Prisallen » 20 Jul 2019, 07:52

Delaney35 wrote:
19 Jul 2019, 06:09
I am a huge fan of thriller, so this is a book that I would probably enjoy. It's a shame the characters aren't super developed though. Excellent review!
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review!

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Post by Prisallen » 20 Jul 2019, 08:01

Bluebird03 wrote:
19 Jul 2019, 12:04
Yes, the rushed relationship and not enough depth into the characters certainly justify the point deduction. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading your captivating review!
Thank you so much for the kind words!

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Post by Prisallen » 20 Jul 2019, 08:03

kdstrack wrote:
19 Jul 2019, 17:13
The plot you described in the first paragraphs had me interested. Kat's character and the romance seem to ruin the rest of the story. I appreciated your insights about this book. Thanks.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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