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The story is good but tends to slow down painfully in some parts.
Some of the characters are well developed, especially Axel and Claudia.
It did not feel like a whole-hearted effort by C.D. Payne. Almost as if he tried for a good story, almost got it, then tried to end it quickly. Perhaps he had a deadline to fill.
Payne returns in full force with a tale that has had me burning through the pages, I just can't get enough of his writing.
Invisibly Yours is the story of Axel Weston a 37 year old in the process of divorce who while out with his dog, lets call him Bob, discovers the ability to turn himself invisible. From then on its a fantastic romp which you won't be disappointed with. It has everything I've come to love from Payne, easy wit, hilarious events and the absurd truth of life in all its infamy. This will be a treasure on my bookshelf for years to come.
This novel begs to be turned into a lighthearted movie. Or maybe it could serve as the basis for a TV series, where the lead character gets into some new piece of mischief week after week as he eludes the police and as the writers think up clever things (drawn from this book) an invisible man can do, and the surprising problems invisibility causes) while the focus character finds money doing petty crimes and bedding beautiful women and trying to deal with his asset/problem of intermittent invisibility. The book is a long chase-scene, and the police know there is someone out there who is invisible and doing these crimes. In this book Axel Weston goes from place to place hiding, making trouble, bedding a new woman, making funny observations, episode after episode.
These bits and sequences are funny and charming. But there is a problem, when they come in a novel and not a TV series about a road trip. The bits are in a longitudinal narrative, going from place to place, new character to new character. The story stops kind of abruptly, with a multitude of loose ends, sort of like the end of season one, in a scripted TV series that may or may not be renewed into season two and beyond. Characters which were developed and expanded in the first two or three chapters (his almost-ex wife) get dropped and forgotten. Other characters are encountered in the middle chapters who are then dropped. New characters are created and fleshed out in the late chapters just in time for the book to end.
The book makes a hint about there being other people with the same ability of intermittent invisibility (an internet posting on a youtube video documenting a jewelry heist) which might have served as the basis for "wrapping up" the mystery, and putting Axel's invisibility talent into some context and creating some unity for the cast of characters, but the hint is created and then dropped. There may well be, in the future, additional books, some "Further Adventures. . . " which would create some comprehensive whole, some tying together of early, middle, and late characters, but that wasn't present in the 254 pages of "Invisibly Yours". I await the sequel.
I am a little frustrated by the book because I would have enjoyed some tying together of the book now. But the characters were fun enough that I guess I will have to wait.
And in the meantime maybe the USA TV network will pick up the story idea, credit C D Payne as "Based on a character created by C D Payne", insert the show alongside Psych or Burn Notice. I would hope the producers insist that there be recurring characters and a single location. Then the charming story will have achieved something this book approaches, but doesn't quite get to: an engaging character and plot that has unity and resolution.
I must caution you! Do NOT read this book if you like complete endings.
That's all I'm saying.
I do advise C.D. Payne fans to buy this book. It's pretty good.