Invisible Boy is the third book in the Madeline Dare series. I didn't realize this, of course, when I pulled it off the shelf and don't really think it matters. The story stands alone; if interested, however, getting the previous books would fill in some of the background hinted at in the book.
The first couple of chapters almost lost me. While I do enjoy witty repartee, the book opens with so much of it that you wonder if there is a story at all. The heavy swearing and drinking was also a distraction. Over use of wisecracks, cursing, and binge drinking becomes more than boring, it becomes annoying.
That said, the book does pick up when Madeline helps a friend and other volunteers clearing an overgrown, weed-ridden, historic cemetery. Madeline discovers a tiny skeleton, one that has been dumped not buried.
I liked some of the wit and humor. I liked that the focus remained in large part on the victim. I liked Maddy Dare, her husband, sister, and friends.
I didn't like over use of bad language. Believe me, it isn't at all shocking; I've heard it all and said most of it myself. When it bombards you like this book does, especially in the beginning, the only purpose it serves is distraction.
There aren't many surprises, the reader pretty much knows where things are leading. The police procedure didn't seem real, and my goodness, I ought to know, having watched Law & Order for years! Didn't like the subplot. The tempo was uneven. Hated and didn't get the last chapter which was a flashback.
Sounds as if I hated the book, but I didn't. I enjoyed it. What do I know? Would I seriously look for the two previous books? No. If someone handed me one of them, however, I'd be turning the pages.
Fiction. Mystery/Crime. 2010. 418 pages.