5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good combination of suspense and romance,
This review is from: Shocking Behavior (Mass Market Paperback)
'Shocking Behaviour' is essentially a romance with thriller elements. Normally I'm not one for thrillers, yet I've given this one 4 stars, which speaks to it being a nicely blended tale.
JT Drake feels he had a neglected childhood as the result of his genius dad's outrageous inventions. He even set fire to the lab as a child in a fit of jealousy! Now an adult JT is called home by reports that his father might have slid from eccentric to crazed, by a freak accident JT is rendered invisible. Roselyn Peabody is Dr Hershel Drake's assistant. Actually, given Dr Drake is an alcoholic, she's more the leader of their refraction project. So now it is up to her to find out how to make JT visible again. The only way to do that, they find, is to go find the man who stole part of the initial project research some 30 years ago. The man who killed the other dozen or so on the team. The man who killed JT's mother...
The point of the tale for me was the romance, and the relationships that Roselyn and JT each had with their parent. JT I found initially to be a bit shallow and obsessed with his 'bad' childhood - I sympathise with his predicament, but there are plenty worse off. And when we meet him he's a successful writer, so get over it already. I did wonder how his father actually made a living being a revenge-obsessed alcoholic genius scientist, but apparently he could teach for much of that time! (In fact he was Roselyn's professor). Roselyn on the other hand I would like to meet in real life - no dress sense, a bit muddled, preferring the background to the limelight, focused in her work and frighteningly brilliant.
I liked the mix of characters, including the delightfully drawn Artie. I found the book tightly written - Artie could have been just someone on the plane, but he did reappear later in the book. Too much of a co-incidence (I've never seen someone I met in a plane again), but it worked with a little suspension of disbelief. I liked that all the characters were distinct and unique from each other. I also enjoyed some of the frustrations and comic moments about being invisible. I didn't roar with laughter with this book, but I did quietly chuckle from time to time.